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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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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/67549/kongobatha_diademata_mantis_nymph.html" title="Kongobatha diademata mantis nymph"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3314/67549_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1613001610&Signature=rJftC70SybLyaZ4VsMHGBsAEsT8%3D" width="200" height="148" alt="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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25 mm length<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> Australia,Geotagged,Iridopterygidae,Kongobatha diademata,Macro,Mantodea,Snake Mantis,Snake mantis,Spring,arthropod,insect,invertebrate,mantis nymph,new south wales Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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!

NB. Image has been flipped, the nymph was head up and vertical.

25 mm length

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 />
<br />
25 mm length<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86434/snake_mantis_nymph.html<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/105677/snake_mantis.html Arthropod,Australia,Geotagged,Iridopterygidae,Kongobatha diademata,Macro,Mantodea,Praying mantis,Snake Mantis,Snake mantis,Spring,fauna,insect,invertebrate,nymph


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 />
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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

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  1. Nice that you found one again, you must have a great eye for details. Posted one year 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 Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Nov 11, 2019. Captured Nov 9, 2019 14:19 in 44 Rowan Cres, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/10.0
  • 1/128s
  • ISO250
  • 100mm