Bark Mantid from Western Australia

Today while I was sweeping my grandmothers porch (we live in a leafy, horse trotting area in Armadale Western Australia) I found this little guy (assuming guy because most praying mantises?? That are male are smaller) he confused at first with the thicker abdomen but as soon as I saw the arms I knew what he was, I’m not sure if the arms are visibly orange near the closer part of the body in the photos but they were in person, I would love to know what he is. Thank you 🙂 

Kind regards

Dear Tahlia,

You are correct that this is a species of Mantid, and we believe it is a Bark Mantid in the family Amorphoscelidae based on the Brisbane Insect website (  

In our opinion the shape of the body indicates this is a female and it most closely resembles the Brown-Legged Bark Mantid that is posted to the Brisbane Insect site (


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