Mallee Grass Mantis
Nymph, ventral, abdomen
Mallee Grass Mantis
Adult Female, dorsal
Mallee Grass Mantis (Archimantis sobrina)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Mantises (Mantodea)
Family: Praying Mantis (Mantidae)
Species: Mallee Grass Mantis (Archimantis sobrina)
This Photo:     Nymph, ventral
Other name: Large Brown Mantid

Thank you Ethan Beaver for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
While the nymph is shown, adult females have short/half length wings; while adult males have full length wings.
The adult females we have measured are ~85mm long (excluding cerci). Older nymphs have wing stubs which are similar to adult female short wings. But on comparison are obviously different. Unfortunately we haven't got a photo to show this yet.
The white stripe down the back is diagnostic for this species. Easy to spot in all but the adult male.
These can be green or brown, colour is not diagnostic of species. It varies as camouflage in their local environment.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Jun-2013
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.