Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

South African praying mantis eggcase

Miomantis caffra Saussure

Order: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae

Size range

  • Eggcase up to 30 mm long


  • From South Africa
  • In New Zealand since about 1978

Life History

  • Egg case is fawn. When laid it is foamy like meringue, which then hardens
  • Adults are predacious, catch insects
  • Variable in colour, green to brown
  • Usually hides under leaves

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