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  Burying Mantis (Sphodropoda tristis)





Burying Mantis | Sphodropoda tristis photo
Burying Mantis. The spikes on front legs hold prey while it feeds

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Burying Mantis | Sphodropoda tristis photo
Burying Mantis

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

Burying Mantis | Sphodropoda tristis photo
Mantis nymph

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BURYING MANTIS FACTS

Identification
The Burying Mantis is a sturdy brown or greyish brown mantis. It has large brown eyes, and black and white spines on its front legs. Females dig a small hole in the ground, to lay their eggs - this is where the common name comes from.

Size
60mm

Habitat
usually hunts in low foliage near ground

Food
ambushes insects

Breeding
female lays eggs in hole in the ground



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Mantodea
Family:Mantidae
Genus:Sphodropoda
Species:tristis
Common Name:Burying Mantis