Giant Rainforest Mantis

Hierodula majuscula
 
   

 

 

 

     
           

The Giant Rainforest Mantis is one of Australia's largest species - certainly the most robust. Adult females can reach 70mm in body length and are extremely powerful predators. In the wild they prey upon a wide variety of insects, and most likely small vertebrates such as geckos and frogs if the opportunity arises. As nymphs their colours are highly variable, ranging from red-brown through to bright green, but upon maturity they always adopt a rich leaf-green colouration.

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