Next dispatch date Wednesday 22nd September.
Country of Origin: Rainforests of Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar.
Food: Predominately flying food such as fruit flies, Curly wing, blue bottle or green bottle flies, wax moths. You can offer small locusts as an occasional food item. Crickets are a big no-no as the bacteria in cricket guts can cause sickness in all floral species like the Orchid mantis.
Temperature: 25﮿C- 30﮿C
Adult Size: Female - 6-7cm Male - 2.5cm
Humidity: 60-70% This species likes a fair amount of humidity. Spraying daily is a must to replicate the humidity found in Southeast Asia and to offer a drink. Note that high humidity enclosures are a breeding ground for moulds and bacteria so ensure your Orchid mantis has plenty of ventilation. 32oz cups, vented glass or acrylic homes all with mesh lids make for good housing.
The pearly beauties of the mantis world. This stunning little floral mantis is very sexually dimorphic with the females being triple the size of the males. Adult males are fully capable of flight and the females are a chunky beauty to look at. Orchids like it warm and humid and are usually eager feeders adopting a sit and wait approach.
Orchid Mantis aren't considered the best beginner species as they need their temperature and humidity just right. If you are a first time mantis owner I would suggest opting for a species like the Ghost Mantis, Giant Asian Mantis or Giant African Mantis as they are more forgiving and a bit more tolerant of a range of temperatures and humidity.