Green Mallee Mantis
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Net-winged Insects (Neuroptera)|
|Family:||Owlfly (Ascalaphidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Split-eyed Owlfly (Megacmonotus magnus)|
|This Photo:||Male, dorsal|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
This has to be the platypus of the insect world. Damselfly wings & tail, butterfly head & antennae and massive eyes from who knows where.
Thank you to Ken Harris for pointing out this specimen is a male. Ken said "Only the male has the forked and tufted prominence on a front segment of its abdomen"