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  False Garden Mantid (Pseudomantis albofimbriata)





False Garden Mantid | Pseudomantis albofimbriata photo
Mantis devouring a grasshopper. This is a female - the wings only cover half the abdomen.

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False Garden Mantid | Pseudomantis albofimbriata photo
Mantis devouring a grasshopper

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

False Garden Mantid | Pseudomantis albofimbriata photo
Mantis ootheca (egg case) on screen door.

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



FALSE GARDEN MANTID FACTS

Identification
False Garden Mantids have two colour forms - they can be green or light brown with a dark spot on inner side of each of the strong spiny front "arms". Adults have a large abdomen. Females have short wings that only cover half of the abdomen. Males have wings that cover the length of the abdomen. They have a typical mantis triangular-shaped head and large compound eyes.

Size
60mm

Habitat
common amongst garden foliage

Food
ambushes insects

Breeding
lays eggs in foamy egg case called an ootheca. The young hatch out as small versions of the adult.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Mantodea
Family:Mantidae
Genus:Pseudomantis
Species:albofimbriata
Common Name:False Garden Mantid