Eremiaphila sp. (India)
|Scientific name:||Eremiaphila sp. (India)|
|Common name:||Desert mantis (with others)|
|Size:||Females ~ 3,5 cm
Males ~ 2,5 cm
|Livespan:||Females ~ 10 months
Males ~ 6 months
|Difficulty:||hard (food specialists)|
*up to L3 group-housing possible
More species of this genus (similar housing and appearance):
- Eremiaphila brunneri (WERNER, 1905)
- Eremiaphila fraseri (UVAROV, 1921)
- Eremiaphila cerisy
- Eremiaphila uvarovi
- Eremiaphila braueri
- Single-housing: from 20 x 20 x 20 cm
- For producing enough heat you can use halogen or HQI projectors and heat mats
Day 35 – 45 °C, night toom temperature (uder 18°C no problem)
~ 20 – 30 %, spray very rarely (once a week)
- Sand with bigger stones or other shadow-making elements (animals always stay at the ground)
- A cover is not necessary as animals cannot hold on flat surfaces
- Living or artificial plants (Beware of pesticides!)
- Clean with vinegar or biodegradable glass cleaner (afterwards rinse with clear water)
This species needs quite dry food like firebrats. Flies and crickets are not healthy when fed for a longer period!
In general: 8 visible sternites (ventral segments) at males, 6 at females (compare with Hierodula membranacea).
- adult: males have longer wings and a thinner than females
Adult stage (= full-grown + winged):
Females in L9, males in L8
Amount of moults variates (especially under abnormal temperatures or injuries)
Sexually mature after adult moult:
Males ~ 1 week
Females ~ 2 weeks
~ 15 min
Size: up to 2,5 cm (average 1,5 cm)
Form: round and long with pointy end
Colour: light brown and covered with sand
Oviposition place: burried in sand (often close to stones)
First ooth after adult moult: ~ 3 weeks
Interval: ~ 7 days
Amount: ~ 10 oothecae
Incubation and hatch
Duration: ~ 4 – 6 weeks
Temperatures like animals (see above), rel. humidity ~ 20 – 40% (spray once a week)
Nymph quantity: up to 15
Size freshly hatched (L1): ~ 4 mm
All given information only for orientation. Actual facts always depend on temperature and food availibility etc.!
Eremiaphila is a very special genus. They run around on their long legs and moult while standing!
They do not climb very well. However, they enjoy sunbathing on top of stones.
Oothecae are burried in the sand.
Wings cover only about 1/4 of their abdomen (females and males).
Rearing this species is not as hard as you think, as long as you stick to the given instructions. Breeding, however, often doesn’t work out very well due to low hatching rates (too hot/cold or dry/wet incubation). Freshly hatched nymphs need freshly hatched firebrats – not always easy to get!