S2, Male, anterior
S1, Female, Thorax
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Family:||Praying Mantis (Mantidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Grass Mantid (Rhodomantis disparilis)|
|This Photo:||S1, Female, head|
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.