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  Stick Mantis (Archimantis latistyla)





Stick Mantis | Archimantis latistyla photo
Stick Mantis nymph

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Stick Mantis | Archimantis latistyla photo
Mantis ootheca (foam egg case).

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



STICK MANTIS FACTS

Identification
The Stick Mantis is a large pale brown mantis. It looks like a twig and can be mistaken for an stick insect. The forewings have are two black dots on each side. The females have wings that cover only the front half of the abdomen. Males have wings that cover the whole abdomen.

Other Names
Brown Mantis

Size
110mm. Females are larger than males.

Habitat
common on garden trees and shrubs

Food
ambushes insects

Breeding
lays eggs in foamy egg case called an ootheca, on a twig in a shrub. The ootheca is nearly as large as a table tennis ball. Young hatch out as small versions of the adult.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Mantodea
Family:Mantidae
Genus:Archimantis
Species:latistyla
Common Name:Stick Mantis