Animal Species:Garden Mantid

The Garden Mantid is probably the most common praying mantid seen in Sydney. The family Mantidae, to which it belongs, includes almost 75% of all praying mantid species in Australia.

Standard Common Name

Garden Mantid

Identification

The Garden Mantid is blue-green with a bright blue to purple spot on the inside of its fore legs.

Size range

4 cm

Distribution

The Garden Mantid is found throughout Australia.

Habitat

The Garden Mantid lives in suburban gardens and may be seen leaping among the leaves.

Feeding and Diet

The Garden Mantid is carnivorous and feeds on small insects including aphids.

Life cycle

Many species of praying mantids have distinctive egg cases or 'ootheca'. The ootheca of the Garden Mantid is about 2 cm in length and is hard and woody. It is often seen attached to fences, buildings, fly screens or vegetation.

Classification

Species:
ministralis
Genus:
Orthodera
Family:
Mantidae
Superfamily:
Mantodea
Order:
Mantodea
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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