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Ootheca – Polyspilota aeruginosa

Madagascan marbled mantis

Up to 100 nymphs


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Out of stock | 1-3 working days | Only valid within Germany. International: 1-8 working days.


Delivery per order: 1 x fertilized ootheca

Based on the size of the ootheca, the number of eggs in it is estimated (see above “Up to xyz nymphs”).

Only oothecae are sold from females that have already provided for offspring (that is 100% mated). Despite high hatch probabilities, unfortunately, I can not give any hatching guarantee, since the absence of hatching can be caused by too wet/dry or cool/hot incubation.

Check care further down
Detailed species information (incubation etc.) in the Mantis lexicon.

Item nr.
Scientific name:Polyspilota aeruginosa
Common name:Madagascan marbled mantis
Habitat:Bushes and trees in poor vegetation areas
Size:Female up to 9 cm
Male ~ 8 cm
Livespan:Female up to 1,5 years
Male up to 1 year
Colour variations:Mostly green and brown, rarely with pink or yellow tones

*up to L2/L3 group-housing possible

Enclosure (LxWxH):

  • Single-housing: from 20 x 20 x 30 cm
  • 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.

Days 22 – 30 °C, nights room temperature (below 18°C no problem)

Relative humidity:
Days ~ 40 – 60 %, nights little higher


  • Substrate: Soil, sand, gravel, coco humus etc. (animals sometimes 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)
L1Small fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster)
L2/L3Big fruit flies (Drosophila hydei)
L4/L5Greenbottle flies
L6 to adultBluebottle flies

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

Feeder insects in the shop…

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