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False Garden Mantid - Pseudomantis albofimbriata


This page contains information and pictures about False Garden Mantids that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Length 60mm
We sometimes find this mantid hunting in our backyard. There is a dark spot on inner side of each of its front arms. They are slow moving, with large abdomen. The females have their wings relatively small, covered only half of their abdomen, and do not seems can fly. Males are fully winged but smaller in size.
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Like all others mantids, False Garden Mantids have long thorax and strong spiny forelegs. They also have very mobile triangular shaped head with distinctive ocelli and large compound eyes. Their segmented antenna are medium to long in length.
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We found that the False Garden Mantids are with two colour forms, either green or light brown.  
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The above pictures shows the least instars. Its wings are still in wing bubs form. Otherwise, it looks the same as the adult mantids.
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Another nymph. 
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We also found the brown least instars.
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False Garden Mantid Ootheca - Mantids eggs case, 20x25mm
The above picture shows a Ootheca looked like a False Garden Mantid Ootheca, not exactly sure.  

Reference and links:
1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 351.
2. Wildlife of Sydney - Fact File - False Garden Mantid - AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM 2006

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