A cryptic mantid

Mantids (Mantodea)

This unidentified cryptic mantid was well camouflaged on a lichen-covered Native Olive¬†Notelaea longifolia trunk in Walton Bridge Reserve The Gap. It appears to be an adult, with its body around 3 cm long. According to Minibeast Wildlife “Australia has an estimated 160 species of praying mantises. They are found in a wide range of habitats from the dry deserts to the lush rainforests. Size various enormously from minute species living upon termite mounds to giants in the tropical northern forests.”

Photo: Robert Whyte

Juvenile

This juvenile may be a nymph of the species above, or another mantid. It was found on a tray of plants taken from the SOWN Nursery in The Gap.

Photo: Robert Whyte