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Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii

Spiny flower mantis

The one with the ring

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Scientific name: Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii
Common name: Spiny flower mantis
Distribution: East & South Africa
Habitat:  -
Size: Female ~ 5 cm
Male ~ 4 cm
Livespan: Female up to 1,5 years
Male up to 1 year
Colour variations: White parts sometimes pink, yellow or green
Aggressivity: Middle*
Difficulty: Middle

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

Enclosure (LxWxH):

  • Single-housing: from 20 x 20 x 20 cm
  • Group-housing: from 30 x 30 x 30 cm for 3 - 4 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:
Days 25 - 30 °C, nights room temperature (below 18°C no problem)

Relative humidity:
Days ~ 50 - 60 %, nights higher

Set-up:

  • Substrate: Soil, sand, kitchen paper, gravel, coco humus etc. (animals seldom stay on the ground)
  • Branches (also horizontal/bent) with 0,5 - 1,0 cm diameter
  • Living or artificial plants (Beware of pesticides!)
  • Clean with vinegar or biodegradable glass cleaner (afterwards rinse with clear water)
L1/L2 Small fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster)
L2/L3 Big fruit flies (Drosophila hydei)
L4-L6 Greenbottle flies
L6 to adult Green- and Bluebottle flies

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