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Garden Mantid - Orthodera ministralis


This page contains information and pictures about Garden Mantids or Garden Praying Mantids that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 40mm
Garden Praying Mantids are also known as Green Mantids. As compare with other mantids, they are small to medium in size. They are green in colour with the relative wide and straight flat thorax. Their forewings cover all of its abdomen.  
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Male, body length 40mm 
Garden Praying Mantids are one of the most common seen mantids in Brisbane. They live in gardens and prey on different kinds of small insects. 
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Female, body length 40mm
When we took the above picture, this female adult mantid was hunting a small moth on a hibiscus outside our house. Female Garden Praying Mantid lay eggs in oothecae which is hard and woody look, usually attached  to leaf, stem, fences or wall. 


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Nymph, length 12mm
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Nymph, length 15mm
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Nymph, length 20mm
Garden Praying Mantids are one of the most common seen mantids in Brisbane. They live in gardens and feed on different kinds of small insects. Nymphs look similar to their parents, except smaller and wingless. Their development cycle is in-complete metamorphosis
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Late instars, length 40mm
The above pictures were taken on Jan 2002, show a Garden Mantid Nymph, could be one or two molting stages before adult. Its wings were still developing. This nymph is green in colour, with the relatively wide and straight flat thorax. We did not notice it at all when we cut a branch of leaves to feed our stick insect, which we kept for studying. Then we saw it on the branch and was trying to escape from us. This Garden Mantid held its front legs very tight under its thorax make itself look like a leaf,  hardly be noticed. When disturbed, it spreads its front legs and show the distinctive bright blue marks, as seen on the 2nd picture.


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Ootheca - Mantids eggs case of Garden Praying Mantid, 10mm x 15mm 
On mid summer Jan 2004 we collected a oothecae of the Garden Praying Mantid, which was laid under a leaf near the forest ground. We brought it home and expected to see some young mantids come out. However, a few days later, we saw a few small wasps came out instead. The oothecae was parasitised by wasp. More information please click here.
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Those are the empty Ootheca we found. The Garden Mantid Ootheca are quite common on leaves and stems in gardens and bushes. 
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1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 355.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p93.
3. Wildlife of Greater Brisbane - Published by Queensland Museum 1995, p73.
4. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996 p240. 

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