Hierodula majuscula

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Hierodula majuscula
Hierodula majuscula.jpg
Female with her ootheca
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae
Genus: Hierodula
Species: H. majuscula
Binomial name
Hierodula majuscula
(Tindale, 1923)

Hierodula majuscula is a species of praying mantis in the genus Hierodula. It is also known as the giant rainforest mantis and the Australian giant mantis. It is found in Australia.[1]


It is a predator of insects including the Macleay's Spectre, Grasshoppers, crickets, spiders, other mantids, and even vertebrates like geckos, snakes, and mice.


This is the largest species of Australian Mantodea. Size is 70~110mm in total length.(eyes to wing). It is one of the largest species in the genus Hierodula. The specific epithet "majuscula" means large in Latin.[citation needed]


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