Common Name: Panther Praying Mantis
Scientific Name: Tarachodula pantherina
Size: Adult female (newly matured, April 2019)
Status: Captive Bred
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A very cute praying mantis, she likes to sit on her lichen covered twig and is beautifully camouflaged.
How I keep mine
I keep my adult praying mantis in plastic sweet jars and my smaller ones in plastic tumblers but a fish tank would work just as well. I place a piece of netting over the top of the jar and secure with an elastic band. I use coir or vermiculite on the base. It is important to add a piece of bark, twigs or netting that reaches to the top as praying mantis enjoy climbing and will often sit high up. I feed my praying mantis every couple of days on appropriately sized insects such as flies, bean weevils and crickets or when they are very small I just put a fruit fly culture in each jar and top it up once a week with fruit. I generally spray the jars/tumblers with tepid water once or twice a day. They require some additional heat, especially during the winter. I love praying mantis, for a bug they are surprisingly interactive, they will move their heads to watch you and will often take food from your hand (watch your fingers!). There are very few species that can be kept communally, I would recommend keeping the Panther mantis individually.
Panther Praying Mantis (Tarachodula pantherina) Adult female (collection only)
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