Large Brown Mantis
S2, Adult Female, ventral
Mallee Grass Mantis
S1, Nymph, Forearm, inner
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Praying Mantis (Mantidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Mallee Grass Mantis (Archimantis sobrina)|
|This Photo:||S1, Nymph, dorsal|
|Other name:||Large Brown Mantid|
Thank you Ethan Beaver for identifying and Matthew Connors & Mark Hura for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Adult females have short/half length wings; while adult males have full length wings.
The adult females we have measured are from ~85mm long (excluding cerci) to over 100mm!.
Older nymphs have wing stubs which are similar to adult female short wings. But on comparison are obviously different.
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.
We have photographed them in Jun (nymph), Nov, Jan, Feb & Mar.