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Insect: Spiny Leaf Mantis

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Insect: Spiny Leaf Mantis

Unread postby BushFairy » Thu May 20, 2010 6:38 pm

Hello everyone :)

Please help with these, found them in my garden and they seem to change colour according to the flower they're on :big_eyes: Amazing!!!! They are about the size of a large ant (one of those army-ant type things) :wink:

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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Thu May 20, 2010 6:41 pm

Seems to be of the Praying Mantis family :hmz:
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby BushFairy » Thu May 20, 2010 6:46 pm

Thought about that - but they seem to be too small?
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Thu May 20, 2010 6:53 pm

Well BushFairy, consider that the smallest is about 0,50 inches and the biggest reaches 12 inches!!
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu May 20, 2010 6:53 pm

Looks like a spiny leaf mantis....I have no insect book with me, so cant help with family or genus, sorry! Nice photos though, quite adaptable little creatures....
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Re: Insect ID needed

Unread postby BushFairy » Thu May 20, 2010 6:55 pm

RUMURUTI wrote:Well BushFairy, consider that the smallest is about 0,50 inches and the biggest reaches 12 inches!!


Oh wow!! Thanks Rumuruti! I had no idea! That's amazing!!

Rusty Justy wrote:Looks like a spiny leaf mantis....I have no insect book with me, so cant help with family or genus, sorry! Nice photos though, quite adaptable little creatures....


Thanks Justy Rusty!
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