Animal Species:Purple-winged Mantid

The Purple-winged Mantid is commonly seen in Sydney gardens.

Standard Common Name

Purple-winged Mantid

Identification

Praying mantids are easily distinguished because of their long body, triangular head and 'praying' stance with their forelegs together.

Size range

8 cm - 9 cm

Distribution

The Purple-winged Mantid is found throughout Australia.

Habitat

The Purple-winged Mantid lives in urban areas.

Feeding and Diet

Relying on its excellent camouflage, the Purple-winged Mantid waits among native flowering plants ready to pounce on their prey. All praying mantids are carnivorous and this species feeds primarily on bees and flies. It uses its powerful, grasping forelegs armed with spines to pierce its prey.

Classification

Species:
australasiae
Genus:
Tenodera
Family:
Mantidae
Order:
Mantodea
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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