New friend :) Native Female mantis (Orthodera novaezealandiae) who I also believe is pregnant, which is why I'm keeping her as I would like to give her offspring more of a fighting start. Sadly these are becoming less and less common as they are fighting for resources against the Springbok Mantis (Miomantis caffra). The native mantis also attempts to mate with this species, and are often eaten by M. caffra.
Also for people with phobias these guys are completely harmless and are in desperate need of some extra lovin' due to their decline in numbers. If anyone would like further info on the differences between the two species and how you can help, feel free to DM me.
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