(1) European Mantis (Mantis Religiosa) Estimated size L-3
European Mantis Can Grow To Up To 3 Plus Inches!
50 + Hydei Fruit Flies
One - 32 oz. container with vented lid
Small piece of forest moss to set on top of your Coconut Fiber
One weeping Pine branch
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A Little Background:
The European Mantis, or Mantis Religiosa, is a mantis species originally from Europe but has established itself in North America too. It is a great beginner mantis and very hardy.
It was imported from Europe to North America in the 1600’s to combat plant pest insects. It is seen as the archetype of a mantis.
This species of praying mantis is light green, with a little variation in color tone. The species is easily distinguished from other species by the pattern on the inside of the front legs. Most species of praying mantis have small dots or specks at this part of its legs, but Mantis religiosa has a very clear pattern: at the top of the legs there is a black spot with a white dot in the middle.
The females of this species can grow to 8 cm long, the males around 7 cm. The males are more slender and have longer wings than the females. The males have long antennae, the female has shorter ones.
Mantis religiosa are quite fierce mantises. It actively chases after its prey once it is aware of it.
The ideal temperature is between about 23 ° C and 28 ° C. At night you can allow temperatures to drop a bit more.
This species does not have high demands regarding the humidity, but it is important that you allow the mantis to drink around 2 to 3 times a week. A target air humidity is around 40 to 65%.
As with all species of praying mantis, this species needs housing that is at least 3 times the length of the mantis in height, and at least 2x the length of the mantis in width.
For an adult this means is at least 27 cm in height and 18 cm in width.
Check out our Praying Mantis Habitats which are perfect for this species.