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 Post subject: Insect: Spiny Leaf Mantis
Unread postPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 6:38 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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Seems to be of the Praying Mantis family :hmz:

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

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

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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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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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 Post subject: Re: Insect ID needed
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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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