How you can help save our native praying mantis

Native mantis

By Graeme Hill

Good Mantis-Bad Mantis. Help save our native Praying Mantis. You can help.

Our native praying Mantis is being pushed out and threatened by the recently accidentally introduced South African or Springbok Mantis. Ours is ALWAYS green and has blue spots on its forearms. Go through the slide show to see the differences between ours and the invasive pest. You can listen to an interview about the invader with entomologists studying their impact here.

The South African or springbok mantis. They can be green to yellow to brown. They have a thin neck and NO blue dots on their arms. This one is a female with a big pregnant belly.

The South African or springbok mantis. They can be green to yellow to brown. They have a thin neck and NO blue dots on their arms. This one is a female with a big pregnant belly.

Our native mantis laying down an egg-case. The native egg-case is a tidy oblong affair with clearly visible tiny figure of 8 holes in the top whence the young emerge and when dried the egg-case is brownish.

Our native mantis laying down an egg-case. The native egg-case is a tidy oblong affair with clearly visible tiny figure of 8 holes in the top whence the young emerge and when dried the egg-case is brownish.

A Springbok egg case being laid down. Their egg cases are bigger, messier, fluffier  and whiter with points at the ends, for comfort during delivery one would presume. Check under your house or in the corners of fences for these rotters.

A Springbok egg case being laid down. Their egg cases are bigger, messier, fluffier and whiter with points at the ends, for comfort during delivery one would presume. Check under your house or in the corners of fences for these rotters.

A typical springbok mantis egg-case in a typical spot. Get rid of the buggers!

A typical springbok mantis egg-case in a typical spot. Get rid of the buggers!

A New Zealand mantis egg case.

A New Zealand mantis egg case.

Inter-racial mantis porn! That’s a native New Zealand male attempting to have his way with a springbok mistress as it is attracted to her “perfume”. It’s one way that our native mantises are being decimated because he wastes his time, effort and issue in this unproductive affair.

Inter-racial mantis porn! That’s a native New Zealand male attempting to have his way with a springbok mistress as it is attracted to her “perfume”. It’s one way that our native mantises are being decimated because he wastes his time, effort and issue in this unproductive affair.

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