1) Hardy Indian Flower mantis (L-5 to L-6) which is about 1/2 to 3/4" in length
1) 32 oz. clear plastic cup and vented lid
1) Package of Coconut Fiber for the bottom substrate (keep slightly damp)
1) Small piece of moss (set this on top of your Coconut Fiber
1) Wooden stick for climbing
1) Small container of Hydei Fruit Flies (this is their main food source)
The Flower Mantis is a great hunter and full of energy.
Nymphs have an upturned abdomen as seen in our photo.
Adults have a large yellow spiral eye spot on their fore wings.
We suggest you look at purchasing a Hydei fruit fly culture, as the flies we provide will not last very long. The flower mantis is a good eater. Hydei Fruit Cultures available on this website.
You may want to add a tiny live plant to your container for the mantis ie. (Small spider plant). This will help calm him.
The Indian Flower mantis (Creobroter pictipennis) is a beautiful flower mantis with a mostly white body and green and brown stripes on its legs.
Adults are known for the eye-shaped white spot in the middle of their mostly solid green wings, which they use to scare off predators.
They are great for beginners, since they are known to be hardy and easy to keep and breed!
The Indian Flower mantis is a small species, only growing to around 1.5 inches as adults.
When they're first born, nymphs are mostly black and look almost like ants.
Nymphs will molt approximately every two weeks; the time between molts gradually increases as the mantids get closer to adulthood.
During molting, a mantis hangs upside down, sometimes shaking, and eventually wiggles out of its skin.
It takes seven molts for a female to reach maturity, and six molts for males.
They can tolerate a fair range when it comes to temperature and humidity.
Indian Flower mantises are native to the tropical rainforests of Asia, so they generally need warm, humid conditions to thrive.
They are pretty hardy, and should do fairly well as long as you keep them between 75°F and 85°F, and at least 60% relative humidity.\
LOOKING AFTER YOUR MANTIS:
Never feed your mantis more than 5 fruit flies at any given time. Too many flies will stress him out.
The Indian Flower Mantis (Creobroter pictipennis) should be kept in an enclosure that is at least 3 times as tall as the mantis is long, and at least 2 times as wide as the mantis is long.
Because this species is fairly small it is easy to find a suitable enclosure.
Indian Flower mantises kept in mesh or screen cages should have their enclosures misted twice a day to maintain proper humidity.
Not only that, but misting the enclosure also allows the mantis to drink.
Most mantises do not like getting sprayed directly, so it is best to try and spray around the mantis, but if you get them a little wet by accident, it is usually no big deal. Use spring water, distilled water, or water filtered by reverse osmosis (RO), but do not use plain tap water.
These mantises do not have a problem actively pursuing prey insects, as long as they are in close enough range to chase down.
Adult Indian Flower mantises are 1 to 1.5 inch long, with little difference between the sexes.
The enclosure must also have adequate ventilation, and some kind of material on the ceiling of the enclosure which will allow the mantis to hang upside down during molting, as well as an empty space at the top which is at least 2 times the size of the mantis.
They can be kept in glass or mesh cages, but enclosures with glass or clear plastic sides and a mesh or screen top are ideal, due to the humidity requirements of this species.
Indian Flowers do best in a living vivarium with live plants and isopods who will act as a sort of "clean up crew" by breaking down the mantis's waste and food scraps, thereby reducing the build up of mold and bacteria that can make your mantis sick or even die.