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Black Ground Mantid - Bolbe nigra


This page contains pictures and information about Black Ground Mantids that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 10mm 
We found this tiny mantid a few times in Karawatha Forest during late summer. It was running on the forest floor. At first we thought it was a brown ant holding something. When we came closer and recognized it was a mantid.
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The tiny mantid was dark brown in colour, with the inner side of the front pair of legs in dark blue colour. It has two pairs of wing buds, could be a nymph of wingless female.
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It was walking on the ground, did not too care about our approaching.  
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Black Ground Mantids are ground-dwelling and active during the day.  
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Wings of female are reduced to very small. This makes it hard to distinguish between nymph and female. Males are fully winged. 
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Male, body length 10mm 

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 355.
2. Possible Black Ground Mantid - lifeinseen.com by Nick Monaghan, 2007.
3. Insect Reference Collection Database - ICDB - Western Australian Department of Agriculture, 2007.
4. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996 p241.

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