Country of Origin: East and South Africa
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 Spiny Flower mantis.
Temperature: 25﮿C- 30﮿C
Adult Size: Female - 5cm Male - 4cm
Humidity: 50-60% This species likes a fair amount of humidity. Spray daily, preferably in the evening. 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.
Spiky, spunky and pretty. These little guys are one of my favourite species. The nymphs wave and flicker their arms out in an odd threatening behaviour. They are mainly black nymphs and at L4 will start to get white with pink, purple, green and cream colours coming through in time. When startled or angered this species has a wicked threat display with erect yellow wings.