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Phyllocrania paradoxa

Ghost mantis

Classic for group-keeping

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Detailed species information in the Mantis lexicon.

Scientific name: Phyllocrania paradoxa
Common name: Ghost mantis
Distribution: Africa and Madagascar
Habitat: Widely distributed over dry and humid regions
Size: Female ~ 6 cm
Male ~ 5,5 cm
Livespan: Female up to 1,5 years
Male up to 1 year
Colour variations: Brown or green (of each light and dark variants)
Aggressivity: Low*
Difficulty: Easy (typical beginners species)

*group-housing in all stages possible
No guarantee against cannibalism! Always feed very well – especially adult females.

Enclosure (LxWxH):

  • Single-housing: from 15 x 15 x 15 cm
  • Group-housing: from 30 x 30 x 30 cm for 4 - 5 adults
  • 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:
Days 22 - 30 °C, nights room temperature (below 18°C no problem)

Relative humidity:
~ 30 - 50 %, sometimes 60 % with good ventilation

Set-up:

  • Substrate: Soil, sand, kitchen paper, gravel, coco humus etc. (animals seldom stay on the ground)
  • Branches (also horizontal/bent) with ~ 0,5 cm diameter.
  • 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 crawling insects like crickets/roaches etc. However, it prefers flying insects.

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