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  Boxer Bark Mantid (Paraoxypilus sp)





Boxer Bark Mantid | Paraoxypilus sp photo
Boxer Bark Mantid attracted to house lights photographed near external lamp

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Boxer Bark Mantid | Paraoxypilus sp photo
Boxer Bark Mantid attracted to house lights photographed on verandah ceiling

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



BOXER BARK MANTID FACTS

Identification
Boxer Bark Mantids are a small species of mantis that usually hunt for food on tree trunks and in leaf litter. They are brown with and well camouflaged on tree bark. The males are slender and fully winged, with wings patterned like dead leaf or tree bark. The females are broader and wingless. They are long legged with patches of bright orange on the front legs. The head has conical spines behind the eyes.

Size
length 20mm

Habitat
forest, woodland, parks and gardens with trees

Food
feeds on small insects found on tree bark

Breeding
The female lay eggs in an egg case called an ootheca which is attached to a tree trunk.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Mantodea
Family:Amorphoscelidae
Genus:Paraoxypilus
Species:sp
Common Name:Boxer Bark Mantid