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Giant Asian mantis (Hierodula patellifera)

Sentanu or belalang sembah or Harabiro Mantis or giant Asian mantis (Hierodula patellifera) is a species of praying mantis in Mantidae, females have a length of about 65-75 mm, males around 45-65 mm, three pairs of legs, colors vary from green to brown and generally has a big dot on the wing.

H. patellifera has a large size for praying mantis in general, but is among the smallest members of the genus where many species have a size of 110-150 mm. They have large green eyes, a small pair of antennas and most of the size is dominated by wings. Mantis praying is one of the few insects that can fully rotate the head.

Dlium Giant Asian mantis (Hierodula patellifera)

Giant Asian mantis lives in forests, rice fields, home yards, stretched lands and river banks. They perch on branches with a height of about 1 meter from the ground on a variety of plants including giant sensitive tree (Mimosa pigra), morning glory (Ipomoea carnea), small-leaved mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni) to flamboyant (Delonix regia).

Harabiro Mantis is a carnivore that generally preys on small insects including crickets, butterflies, bees, but also large vertebrate animals including snakes, rats, lizards, frogs, and small birds. This species is more stationary by moving the front foot to wait for an opportunity and ambush suddenly.

Females produce an ootheca which contains up to 300 eggs and is protected in a foam bag in the fall to hatch in the next five months. Some hatch at small intervals and last up to five weeks before the larvae appear fully.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae
Genus: Hierodula
Species: H. patellifera



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