Jeweled flower mantis
|Scientific name:||Creobroter gemmatus|
|Common name:||Jeweled flower mantis / Indian flower mantis|
|Habitat:||Trees and shrubs close to flowering plants, humid areas|
|Size:||Female up to 4,5 cm
Male up to 3,5 cm
|Livespan:||Female up to 1,5 years
Male up to 1 year
|Colour variations:||White base colour can be yellowish, light green or pink|
|Difficulty:||Easy (beginners species)|
*up to L3/L4 group-housing possible (males in adult stages also in groups)
First description (year): STOLL (1813)
More species of this genus (similar keeping and appearance):
- Creobroter elongata BEIER (1929) from Thailand
- Creobroter fasciatus WERNER (1927)
- Creobroter medanus GIGLIO-TOS (1915)
- Creobroter nebulosa ZHENG (1988)
- Creobroter urbanus FABRICIUS (1775)
- Creobroter pictipennis WOOD-MASON (1878) from India and surrounding islands
- Single-housing: from 15 x 15 x 20 cm
- Group-housing: from 30 x 30 x 30 cm for 4 - 5 adult males
- Small nymphs can be reared in smaller enclosures (for moulting they need twice their body length free space downwards)
Two ventilation areas (gaze at top + front) adviced to prevent waterglogging.
Days22 - 28 °C, nights room temperature (below 18°C no problem)
Days 50 - 60 %, nights a little higher
- Substrate: Soil, sand, kitchen paper, gravel, coco humus etc. (animals seldom stay on the ground)
- Branches (also horizontal/bent)
- Living or artificial plants (Beware of pesticides!)
- Clean with vinegar or biodegradable glass cleaner (afterwards rinse with clear water)
|L1||Small fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster)|
|L2/L3||Big fruit flies (Drosophila hydei)|
|presub- to adult||Green- and Bluebottle flies|
This species also feeds on crawling insects like crickets/roaches etc.
In general: 8 visible sternites (ventral segments) at males, 6 at females (compare with Hierodula membranacea).
Adult stage (= full-grown + winged):
Females in L8, males in L7
Amount of moults variates (especially under abnormal temperatures or injuries)
Sexually mature after adult moult:
Males ~ 1 week
Females ~ 2 weeks
~ 6 hours
Size: up to 6 cm
Oviposition place: along thin twigs
First ooth after adult moult: ~ 3 - 4 weeks
Interval: ~ 7 - 10 days
Amount: up to 8 oothecae
Incubation and hatch
Duration: ~ 4 - 8 weeks
Temperatures like animals (see above), rel. humidity over 50% (with good ventilation)
Nymph quantity: up to 90 (average 50)
Size freshly hatched (L1): ~ 3 mm
All given information only for orientation. Actual facts always depend on temperature and food availibility etc.!
The jeweled flower mantis Creobroter gemmatus can adapt its color to the environment. Its otherwise white parts of the body then become yellowish, greenish or pink. It is an easy-to-hold species that does not have a problem with lower (room) temperatures.
Attention: males are good fliers!
- Own expercience
- www.swissmantis.ch (November 2007) Website not available anymore
- www.mantisonline.de (July 2017)
Often available in the shop.