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Burying Mantid - Sphodropoda tristis

Family Mantidae

This page contains information and pictures about Burying Mantids that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Male, body length 60mm
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The Burying Mantids are pale brown in colour with dark brown patterns. They are called Burying Mantids because females dig small hole on ground, usually in sandy soil, in which they lay eggs and then refill it.
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Female adults have shout wings which covered half of its abdomen. Male adults are fully winged.
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Adults are pale brown in colour. They can be recognized by the two brown dots on the inner side of front legs. 
Found this male on Daisy Hills on Jan 2012. It was hunting near the bottom of a large gumtree trunk.

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Nymph, last instars 
Pictures taken in Karawatha Forest during mid summer 2005. When we came closer, the mantid moved to the other side of the stem.
Comparing with other mantids, this mantid is fast running. They are usually found hunting on stem or small tree trunk.

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Nymph 20mm
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Nymph 30mm
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Nymph 40mm
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This mantids like to hiding on medium size stem waiting for prey.
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1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 356.
2. Wildlife of Greater Brisbane - Published by Queensland Museum 1995, p73.
3. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996 p242. 

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Last updated: January 22, 2012.