Green Shield Backed Bug
Ellura
Large Brown Mantis
Adult Female, partial wing
 
    
Large Brown Mantis (Archimantis latistyla)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Mantises (Mantodea)
Family: Praying Mantis (Mantidae)
Species: Large Brown Mantis (Archimantis latistyla)
This Photo:     Adult Female, profile
Other name: Grass Mantid

Thank you Matthew Connors for confirming the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Normally there are 2 spots on the forewings, but here only one is seen clearly. There is a "smudge" where the second spot should be. You can also see 2 spots on the hindwing. This is actually damage as it's not on the other side. The female, as shown here, has short wings. The adult male has wings that go to the cerci (anal projections). These can be green or brown, colour is not diagnostic of species. It's more about camouflage with their local environment. Matthew indicated that the cerci are helpful in determining species (ie diagnostic). Notice here how thick the cerci are compared with the very similr A . sobrina

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 19-Mar-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.