Orchid Mantis - hymenopus coronatus

Beautiful orchid mantis, a very beautiful praying mantis by its variation in colors. ...More information
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hymenopus coronatus

The status of the nymph between the L3 and L5. When you buy a male and a female, we ensure that the male is not older than the female.

Hymenopus coronatus is also known as Orchid Mantis in English. This name owes it to her pink with white appearance, which she imitates a flower. This species is highly sought after and loved because she has these beautiful bright colors and is quite large. Hymenopus coronatus occurs naturally in Malaysia.

appearance

This kind of praying mantis mimics flowers leaves after so she can catch last coming bees and other pollinators that come to flower. They live therefore mainly in white with pink flowers such as orchids.

When newly hatched nymph these mantis orange with a black head and black legs. After the first moult they are white with bright pink. This remains the rest of their lives, only some have more pink than others. It happens that there are completely white animals. When they mature, they have a green edge on the back that looks like a piece of plant. It is believed that the pink color extra emerges as the nymph is in a pink environment. A pink sheet of paper along a side of the vessel would yield rozere nymphs. As an adult, they can change within a few days of color, to more or less pink.

An adult female is about 6-7 cm long, while the male is only about 3 cm. This difference is absolutely not to be missed. Furthermore, the males are smaller with slightly longer wings than the abdomen. The females are larger and have wings that run down to the abdomen.

Behavior

Hymenopus coronatus is a quiet kind praying mantis. Usually she waits for prey. They can we really go hunting when they detect prey.
Environmental conditions

The ideal temperature is about 28 ° C, but can vary between 25 ° C and 35 ° C. At night, the cooler may be during the day, but at least 18 ° C. The males are to be inhibited in their growth by a lower temperature and less food. They can be kept constant at 18 ° C.
This type requires a relatively high humidity. Approximately 60 to 80% RH. The nymphs can be kept better drier, they are very sensitive to a damp environment. You can spray them best 1x week very light. As they get older you have screwed the luchtvochigheid.
As with all types of Mantis, this kind needs a residence which is at least 3 times the length of the animal is high, and at least 2 times the length of the animal wide. For an adult animal so this means at least 24 cm in height and 16 cm in width. A nice size for a terrarium would be 30 x 20 x 20 cm (hxwxl), so there is room for fake flowers and lots of perches.

Group housing

This species can like most types of mantis not be housed together in a cage. Sooner or later cannibalism still strike. Especially the females are often very hungry. Males are also another smaller, so an easy prey. It is therefore strongly advised to accommodate this type separately. As a young nymphs can they do together, to about L3. Well of course carry with fruit flies, etc.

Food

Because this kind of living on flowers, eat it in nature mainly flying insects. It is recommended to do this again in captivity. Wild bees and hoverflies can be given as a supplement to a diet of houseflies. Crickets can also be fed, but preferably not as a staple food.

Because pollinators such as bees in the wild often carry a lot of pollen with them whatever is eaten by the praying mantis, the utility can have them in captivity also carry pollen. Pollen grains can be ground and made into a receptacle. Animal food in the container, shake briefly, and ready to perform. The proteins and additional substances in the pollen would produce stronger and healthier animals, and more offspring per egg sac.