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Brown Ground Mantid - Bolbe sp.


This page contains pictures and information about Small Brown Mantids that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 10mm 
We found this tiny mantid once in Karawatha Forest during late summer. It was running on the forest floor. At first we thought it was a brown ant holding something. When we came closer and recognized it was a mantid.
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The tiny mantid was dark brown in colour, with the inner side of the front pair of legs in dark blue colour. It has two pairs of wing buds, could be a nymph of wingless female.
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It was walking on the ground, did not too care about our approaching.  
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1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 355.
2. Possible Black Ground Mantid - lifeinseen.com by Nick Monaghan, 2007.
3. Insect Reference Collection Database - ICDB - Western Australian Department of Agriculture, 2007

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