Garden Mantid

Orthodera ministralis

Biology

Garden Mantid, Orthodera ministralis Garden Mantid, Orthodera ministralis

The Garden Mantid is found in open forest and rainforest throughout Australia. It is a common resident of gardens where it hunts among foliage. Females deposit small, hard, woody egg cases in crevices under bark and fences and on the walls of buildings.

Identification

Length about 40 mm. A largely green mantid with a wide thorax with straight sides and long wings that extend to the tip of the abdomen. The inner surface of the fore legs has a bright blue to purple spot.

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