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Parasphendale sp.

Budwing mantis

Small wings - big appetite

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Detailed species information in the Mantis lexicon.

The “sp.” means, that the species is not known. However, it definately belongs to the genus Parasphendale. Care and look is similar to Paraspehndale affinis.

Scientific name: Parasphendale affinis
Common name: Budwing mantis
Distribution: Kenya
Habitat: Shrubs and trees in steppes
Size: Female ~ 6 cm
Male ~ 5 cm
Livespan: Female ~ 1,5 years
Male ~ 6 months
Colour variations: Grey and brown, sometimes green
Aggressivity: High*
Schwierigkeitsgrad: Easy

*up to L3/L4 group-housing possible (males in adult stages also in groups)

Enclosure (LxWxH):

  • Single-housing: from 20 x 20 x 30 cm
  • Group-housing: from 30 x 30 x 30 cm for ~ 3 - 4 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.

Temperature:
Day 22 - 32 °C, night room temperature (below 18°C no problem)

Relative humidity:
~ 40 - 60 %, spray every third day

Set-up:

  • Substrate: Soil, sand, gravel, coco humus etc. (animals sometimes hunt close to the ground)
  • Branches (also horizontal/bent) with ~ 2 cm diameter & bark
  • 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)
L4/L5 Greenbottle flies
L6 to adult Green- and Bluebottle flies

This species also feeds on crwaling insects like crickets/roaches etc.

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