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Old 19-11-2013, 11:43 PM
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Hi guys got myself a cute little mantis... it was pretty agressive when I got it lol now it just happily walks out when I open the lid lol... just wondering if any of you guys know what type it is as it was sold to me as a devils flower mantis.... with it being my first one I have no idea what type it is... thank you









Sorry they arnt great pics but its so hard to get one
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Old 20-11-2013, 03:33 PM
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Looks like one IMO, but the images are quite blurry, so I may be mistaken.
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Not sure what it is but it's the most adorable I odd thing EVER cute is an understatement!
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Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii.

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Here are some care tips for it.

Spiny Flower Mantis - Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii | Keeping Insects
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Thanks guys I wasnt too sure but fell in love with him as soon as I saw it.. its only about an inch or so at the moment so pis are a little hard... how big will it grow?? Was pretty funny how agressive it was when I got it lol now he happily walks up on to my hand x
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Thanks guys I wasnt too sure but fell in love with him as soon as I saw it.. its only about an inch or so at the moment so pis are a little hard... how big will it grow?? Was pretty funny how agressive it was when I got it lol now he happily walks up on to my hand x
Not very big. It is a small species. It would stand on a 10p coin when adult, this species. More or less.
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Not very big. It is a small species. It would stand on a 10p coin when adult, this species. More or less.
Aww cute lol it must still be young as it has no wings yet...I would like a couple more to go with him obvs not in same tank where wojld you reccomend as I got him from a pet shop
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Aww cute lol it must still be young as it has no wings yet...I would like a couple more to go with him obvs not in same tank where wojld you reccomend as I got him from a pet shop
Here usually have good and reputable supply...


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I would personally get (from that list)...

Popa spurca crassa

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Yeah, actually that's a Blepharosis mendica. "Devil's flower mantis" is the common name for two species: B. mendica and Idolomantis diabolica.

They like it hot, well ventilated and dry. They get a lot bigger than wahlbergiis, at that size wahlbergiis are pre-sub or subadult.

They cannot climb smooth surfaces well and need mesh of the right size or they risk losing their feets (that whole family, the Empusidae, are a complete bugger in that respect).

You will want a cage with at least two of the sides fully meshed and a small incandescent bulb for it to bask under. Depending on where this ones ancestors are from it may have a dormant phase at subadult in which it'll just chill about for a couple of months, not eating, and needing to be cooled to like 10-15 degrees. Otherwise it'll just keep growing until it's an adult (Tenerife vs. North Africa/Middle Eastern strains respectively).

It will need flying prey exclusively, things like crickets and locusts tend to not agree with them.

Very good care sheet: Blepharopsis mendica (Thistle Mantis, Devils Flower Mantis)

Edit: these are not really a beginner species, but good luck.
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