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Mantid Lacewing

Ditaxis biseriata


This Mantid Lacewing has the pinkish wings each with a pink pterostigma. Their raptorial forelegs are powerful for predating. The coax is extremely elongated. The femur bears spines long and short along ventral margin. Their last two pairs of legs are long for fast prey attack action. Body length 30mm


Spotted in backyard in rainforest area at night


I spotted this at night time as i was walking down to the chook pen. A pair of tiny but very bright eyes caught my eye as i shone the torch over the ground and on closer inspection discovered that it had just molted.

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Ditaxis biseriata
Ditaxis biseriata Mantid Lacewing I - Ditaxis biseriata

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27 Comments (1–25)

Suchandra Das
Suchandra Das 3 years ago

This spotting is amazing ❤️

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 8 years ago

Fantastic shot!!

Desmond.E.S.O 8 years ago

Great Macro!

AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks Antonio!!

Great spotting alice,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Thanks ingrid, James and Ashley! I did Ashley and I think you recommended the canon f2.8100mm? That's what I used with a set of kenko extension tubes :)

AshleyT 8 years ago

Congrats Alice! What lens did you use for this one? I remember you asking about recommendations for a macro lens not long ago?

James McNair
James McNair 9 years ago

Congrats Alice, incredible images, well deserved

Ingrid3 9 years ago

incredible find! gorgeous image!

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thanks so much Yasser and all the Rangers!! I havent done much macro so I'm honoured, and I'm currently in the middle of university exams so what a terrific surprise to get me through!! Thank you Luis, Mark and Leuba!! :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Congratulations Alice !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Not surprised at all ! Congrats Alice on a really excellent spotting.

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Congrats Alice!

Yasser 9 years ago

Alice, congratulations! This awesome series has been selected by the Project Noah Rangers as Spotting of the Week! Thanks for all your great submissions and we're all looking forward to seeing what you come across next. Congrats again!


AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Wow thanks very much for the nomination fyn and the other rangers! Such an honour to be nominated! :D

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 9 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Sorry forestdragon i completely forgot to change that when i got the ID! Thankyou

ForestDragon 9 years ago

Alice, this is a wonderful spotting! However, Mantid Lacewings are not Mantids and so this spotting can't remain in the Marvelous Mantids of the World mission.

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thanks very much for the ID Mark!!

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Anyone know the specific Id on this one? :)

AliceGreenup 9 years ago

Thank you very much Mark, Pam, Martin and Daniele!! I was pretty lucky to spot it! Any ideas on ID?

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Superb Alice!

MartinL 9 years ago

Well done Alice.
This is a gem.

pamsai 9 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Super spotting and shots Alice. Really weird creatures. The eyes are always quite hypnotic.

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Sep 22, 2014
Submitted on Sep 22, 2014

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