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Tenodera australasiae
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Adult female Tenodera australasiae
Scientific classification
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Subfamily:
Mantinae
Tribe:
Polyspilotini
Genus:
Tenodera
Species:
T. australasiae
Binomial name
Tenodera australasiae
Leach, 1814
Synonyms
  • Mantis australasiae (Leach, 1814)
  • Mantis darchii (Mac Leay, 1827)
  • Mantis tessellata (Burmeister, 1838)

Tenodera australasiae, the purple-winged mantis, is species of praying mantis. Found in Australia, it is common in most parts of Brisbane (QLD). Both males and females are capable of flight. The species has not been shown to be parthenogenetic.

Range

All of Australia, but said to be absent in New Zealand.

Diet

The purple-winged mantis has varied diet consisting mainly of other insects, however, they have been seen eating much larger animals such as small frogs, lizards etc. Tenodera australasiae can be cannibalistic but not quite an aggressive mantis.

Related

The genus Tenodera has a number of species including:

Tenodera aridifolia,
Tenodera sinensis - Chinese mantis,
Tenodera australasiae - purple-winged mantis,
Tenodera superstitiosa found in Africa.

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