Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    ministralis
    Genus
    Orthodera
    Family
    Mantidae
    Super Family
    Mantodea
    Order
    Mantodea
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    4 cm

Introduction

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.

Identification

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

Habitat

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

Distribution

The Garden Mantid is found throughout Australia.

Feeding and diet

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

Life history 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.