The Purple-winged Mantid is commonly seen in Sydney gardens.
Praying mantids are easily distinguished because of their long body, triangular head and 'praying' stance with their forelegs together.
The Purple-winged Mantid lives in urban areas.
The Purple-winged Mantid is found throughout Australia.
Feeding and diet
Relying on its excellent camouflage, the Purple-winged Mantid waits among native flowering plants ready to pounce on their prey. All praying mantids are carnivorous and this species feeds primarily on bees and flies. It uses its powerful, grasping forelegs armed with spines to pierce its prey.