paradoxa mantisWe offer strong Nymphs of Phyllocrania paradoxa from L4-L6.
InformationPhyllocrania paradoxa is also called Ghost Mantis in English. This name owes it to its particular forms and alien-like head. The species is identified by a long asymmetrical shaped protrusion on the head, which is designed to look better as a dry leaf. Phyllocrania paradoxa is native to Madagascar and Africa.
appearanceThis kind of praying mantis mimics dry leaves after so they do not stand out among fallen leaves in the forest areas where it occurs. So they can grab unexpectedly prey and remain unseen for predators such as insect-eating birds. The most common color for this kind is dark brown, but sometimes there is also a green one. This color is determined by the environment; a damper greener environment often provides a green animal. P. paradoxa is about 5 cm long, with little difference in size between the sexes. Males are smaller with slightly longer wings than the abdomen. The females are larger with a wider prothorax and with wings that extend down to the abdomen.
BehaviorPhyllocrania paradoxa is a quiet kind praying mantis. It is a typical sit-and-wait predator. Relying on its camouflage she waits patiently comes to an unsuspecting prey. Once she has an eye on it lightning strikes rapidly, and before the prey by, he stuck firmly between all the tentacles of this predator. P. paradoxa will rarely actively hunt prey, but rather wait for an opportune moment to strike. Sometimes this kind of praying mantis is a bit cautious and a little scared. A large tweezers or big hand in the loft makes for refusing prey. Wait fifteen minutes and try it again, then everything is okay.
FoodPhyllocrania paradoxa food in nature mainly flying insects. It would be good to offer them fly instead of crickets. Crickets also be eaten and are therefore perfect food for these animals. Please note only briefly that no stray crickets hanging out in the loft when the mantis will molt. An adult P. paradoxa can adult crickets, but it is better to give them some small crickets, eg. Size 6 or 7. P. paradoxa are some quick intimidated by a large tweezers with a prey.
Environmental conditionsThe ideal temperature is about 26 ° C, but can vary between 20 ° C and 30 ° C. At night, the cooler may be during the day, but at least 18 ° C. This species requires a relatively high humidity. Approximately 60 to 90% humidity. This is achieved by spraying about 5x per week with water. As with all types of Mantis, this species has a vessel requires that at least 3 times the length of the animal is high, wide and at least 2x the length of the animal. For an adult animal so this means at least 15 cm in height and 10 cm in width. A nice size for a terrarium would be 20 x 20 x 30, so there is room for lots of fake plants and perches. Dry leaves magnificent colors in this type, sometimes they all go in the area.
Group housingThe thing about this kind of praying mantis is that they are often without cannibalism can be kept together throughout their lives. The conditions for this are, however, that the animals at all times have enough to eat and that the vessel is sufficiently large. Many people keep so successful groups P.paradoxa in a large terrarium. The risk of cannibalism is very small, but in this kind of predators it will always exist.
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