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Large Brown Mantis - Archimantis latistyla

Large Brown Mantis - Archimantis latistyla

Archimantis latistyla, commonly known as the large brown mantis (also known as the Bunny Mantis or Australian ghost hopper Mantis ) is a species of mantid native to Australia. The large brown mantis has two subspecies, a widespread subspecies and the stick mantis ghost from Bundaberg's Turtle Sands. The stick mantis ghosts are not as aggressive as the widespread species but have a defence display used to make the mantis appear larger by flinging its front legs into the air and putting its head down along with its antennae. Large brown mantids are light brown with short-winged female and a long-winged male. The subspecies from Bundaberg is a pale creamy white with a yellow and black eye in between the arms (one and a half times the size of the widespread subspecies). The large brown mantis female is short-winged - her wings reach only half her abdomen and she is not able to fly—but the long-winged male has wings that cover the entire abdomen. They have two pairs of wings - the top pair are the wing covers and the bottom wings enable the mantis to fly.

(Text Source: Wikipedia)