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Kongobatha diademata mantis nymph An elegant little mantis pre sub-adult juvenile male. The pink eye stripe and mandibles are of special note here. <br />
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25 mm length<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86434/snake_mantis_nymph.html" title="Snake mantis nymph"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3314/86434_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1614816010&Signature=MnMh9jSi7ydwtpym9yfKpJ%2BOqOM%3D" width="200" height="176" alt="Snake mantis nymph This rarely encountered mantis species is restricted to the east coast of this country. Of the two I have found, one was in vegetation and this one was on the house wall which made the spotting just a bit easier! <br />
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NB. Image has been flipped, the nymph was head up and vertical. <br />
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25 mm length<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67549/kongobatha_diademata_mantis_nymph.html<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/105677/snake_mantis.html" title="Snake mantis"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3314/105677_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1614816010&Signature=aExtbn09rTDUxPquNV2T3f7p8Ks%3D" width="200" height="168" alt="Snake mantis This rarely encountered mantid species is restricted to the east coast of this country. Saying that, I have now spotted three! <br />
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25 mm length<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67549/kongobatha_diademata_mantis_nymph.html<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86434/snake_mantis_nymph.html<br />
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NB. As of 2019, this mantid is now in family Iridopterygidae, moved from Mantidae. My other two sightings need placing in that file as well. I have tagged them as such.   Australia,Geotagged,Insect,Iridopterygidae,Kongobatha diademata,Mantodea,Snake Mantis,Snake mantis,Spring,arthropod,fauna,invertebrate,macro,praying mantis" /></a></figure> Arthropod,Australia,Geotagged,Iridopterygidae,Kongobatha diademata,Macro,Mantodea,Praying mantis,Snake Mantis,Snake mantis,Spring,fauna,insect,invertebrate,nymph Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Kongobatha diademata mantis nymph

An elegant little mantis pre sub-adult juvenile male. The pink eye stripe and mandibles are of special note here.

25 mm length

Snake mantis nymph This rarely encountered mantis species is restricted to the east coast of this country. Of the two I have found, one was in vegetation and this one was on the house wall which made the spotting just a bit easier! <br />
<br />
NB. Image has been flipped, the nymph was head up and vertical. <br />
<br />
25 mm length<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67549/kongobatha_diademata_mantis_nymph.html<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/105677/snake_mantis.html Australia,Geotagged,Iridopterygidae,Kongobatha diademata,Macro,Mantodea,Snake Mantis,Snake mantis,Spring,arthropod,insect,invertebrate,mantis nymph,new south wales


Snake mantis This rarely encountered mantid species is restricted to the east coast of this country. Saying that, I have now spotted three! <br />
<br />
25 mm length<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67549/kongobatha_diademata_mantis_nymph.html<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86434/snake_mantis_nymph.html<br />
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NB. As of 2019, this mantid is now in family Iridopterygidae, moved from Mantidae. My other two sightings need placing in that file as well. I have tagged them as such.   Australia,Geotagged,Insect,Iridopterygidae,Kongobatha diademata,Mantodea,Snake Mantis,Snake mantis,Spring,arthropod,fauna,invertebrate,macro,praying mantis

    comments (4)

  1. Cool! It looks like it's wearing a pair of Inuit sunglasses! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Ha ha, perfect! Why didn't I think of that? No chance of snow round here though! Posted 2 years ago
      1. Lol, definitely no snow for you ;) Posted 2 years ago
  2. Is a very beautiful example of mimicry! Posted 2 years ago

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This mantis species is restricted to the East Coast of Australia, Is difficult to find due to its small size (little more than 2.5cm/1 in for an adult) and pale green coloration that closely matches the leaf color of many Eucalyptus and Angophora species where it locates.

This species’ common name comes from two distinctive characteristics; it’s narrow, pointed form, and the patterning of the veination in its wings resembling snake skin.

Similar species: Mantises
Species identified by Patomarazul
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Oct 11, 2018. Captured Sep 25, 2018 11:00 in 5 Parkway Ave, Bar Beach NSW 2300, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/11.0
  • 1/197s
  • ISO250
  • 100mm