Mantidfly and Damselfly from Australia

Praying mantis and damselfly
Here is a couple of photos that you may like. The damsel fly was found indoors and is around 1 inch long and the mantis was found on my car and is about 3/4" long. This mantis is unlike any I have seen and when I first saw it I thought it was a wasp. cheers
Nick Bedelis
Sydney, Australia

Hi Nick,
This is not a Preying Mantis. It is an unrelated insect known as a Mantidfly, one of the Neuropterans. Your Damselfly image is terribly amusing. Guess the critter was thirsty.

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