Grass Mantid
S1, Female, anterior
Ellura
Grass Mantid
S1, Female, head
 
                      
Grass Mantid (Rhodomantis disparilis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Mantises (Mantodea)
Family: Praying Mantis (Mantidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Grass Mantid (Rhodomantis disparilis)
This Photo:     S2, Male, anterior
Synonym: Rhodomantis pulchella

Thank you MrRHydon & Norbu (Nysfour) for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Females have been measured at ~50mm, males ~40mm & the nymph ~30mm.
They have a dark red hind wing not visible in the photo's.
Males have nearly full length wings, whereas females have very short wings.
Note the colour under the thorax, a very smooth/plain chestnutty brown; compared with the dapled top.
We have photographed them in Dec (nymph), Feb, Mar, Apr & May.

Copyright © 2015-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 03-Mar-2015
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.