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Strange visitor to Reydon bugs centre staff

17:20 23 November 2012

A praying mantis (AP Photo/The Advocate-Messenger, Clay Jackson)

A praying mantis (AP Photo/The Advocate-Messenger, Clay Jackson)

The team at Southwold brewers Adnams are used to receiving imports of wine from all over the world, but less common is the discovery of a two-inch long illegal immigrant.

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A mottled brown, leaf-like unicorn mantis was discovered at the company’s eco-distribution centre in Reydon, near Southwold.

The unusual visitor arrived with a lorry-load of Argentinian wine at the centre.

Alison Kibble, from Adnams, sent out a plea for help from staff and the mantis was taken to a lecturer at the exotics unit of Otley College, near Ipswich, by Sarah Tilbrook.

Emma Hibbert, head of corporate affairs at Adnams, said the mantis did not seem too concerned by his lengthy trip to north Suffolk.

“Judging by his feisty attempts to scale a glass in which he was captured, he seemed unaffected by his long journey,” she said.

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