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Brown-legged Bark Mantid - Paraoxypilus sp.

Family Amorphoscelidae

This page contains pictures and information about Brown-legged Bark Mantids that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Female, body length 20mm
This bark mantid is dark brown in colour with pale to orange brown legs. The eyes are pale brown in colours too. 
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This bark mantid species was always found hunting on ground or near the base on large tree trunk. They are usually not moving, but runs very fast when disturbed.
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In the above photo the bark mantid was displaying the boxing display. The bright-orange-coloured fore legs were flexed alternately like a boxer.   
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The male is brown in colour and fully winged, also has the orange brown legs. The eyes are pale brown in colours too. 

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 353-354.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p93.

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