Stick Mantid

Archimantis latistyla

Biology

Archimantis latistyla The female of the Stick Mantis (foreground) is considerably larger than the male (background).Females lay distinctive, light yellowish-brown egg masses that are about the size of squash balls. These have a thick papery outer layer and are often deposited on the topmost twigs of shrubs. The young mantids emerge from a distinct mid-line along the egg mass, but their exit holes are inconspicuous. The eggs are often parasitised by small wasps that emerge from distinct circular holes scattered over the surface of mass.

The Stick Mantid is found on shrubs and among long grass in open forest in coastal eastern Australia. It often occurs in suburban gardens.

Identification

Length up to 110 mm. This elongate, pale brown mantid resembles a dried stick. The female has short wings and the smaller male has full-length wings.

The genus Archimantis has eight species, all found only in Australia.

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