Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

New Zealand praying mantis eggcase

Orthodera novaezealandiae (Colenso)

Order: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae

Size range

  • Eggcase up to 15 mm long


  • New Zealand native

Life History

  • Adult insect 30–40 mm in length
  • Predacious, catches insects
  • Bright blue patch inside front leg is distinctive
  • Adult insect usually sits on top of leaves
  • Eggcase brown, compact

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