I think this is a Garden Mantis or Australian Green Mantis - Orthodera ministralis – that’s largely based on the notion that it’s a common species. This one was lurking on the wall outside my front door when I came home one evening. They also seem to like hanging about on flywire doors – which tend to give you a bit of a shock if you meet them eye to eye. The silvery object on the brick behind it is as egg case – once you know what there are you start finding them all over the place. My last encounter with one of these insects was when I found one walking up my sleeve as I was pulling out the one tomato plants. Even if they are common I like them because they seem so alien!
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