Orthodera ministralis - Australian Green Mantis
Melbourne, Australia

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Adult mantids usually have fully-formed wings covering the abdomen.  The insect pictured here only has small wing buds, indicating that it is still a nymph and not yet an adult.    

Australia, VIC: Carlton North, Melbourne.
12.ii.2006, 37º47'S 144º59'E, 35m
Urban Garden.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, using a Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro USM lens.