My favourite Mantis

Howzit everyone, someone liked my pic and suggested I post it here, hope you like it too.

So these little critters have been roaming the garden for ages. The first time I ever saw one was in 1997. They are quite territorial and may stay on the same plant their entire life. Found this little lady down in the “weed pit”. She has been around for about four or five weeks I’d say, based on her size, and she is looking healthy, sitting on Salvia about 2 metres from the beehive, so no shortage of food.

Dave de Witt



3 Responses to My favourite Mantis

  1. mol-d March 8, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    cool pic, dave! thanks for posting. about how big are these guys? and you say mantid… is that different from a preying mantis? looks like…

  2. emme March 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    wow, what an amazing insect. those colours!

  3. Dave March 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Yeah, it’s a Praying Mantis, Pseudocreobotra Wahlbergi, or the Eye-Flowered Mantis. Mantid = spelling mistake, sorry for confusion. At the moment she is about 1cm from head to tail, and about 3 or 4mm wide. The males are about half the size. By consuming various flower petals they also have the ability to change their colour, most notable after they shed their skin.

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