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Creobroter gemmatus (Jeweled Flower Mantis)

Creobroter gemmatus (Jeweled Flower Mantis)

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Creobroter gemmatus is native to Southeast Asia, including countries like India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. They thrive in tropical climates with a preference for shady trees, low-lying shrubbery, and damp tall grass​.


  • Male: Approximately 3.5 cm in length
  • Female: Approximately 4.5 cm in length​.

Day Temperature

The ideal daytime temperature for Creobroter gemmatus ranges from 25°C to 30°C​, but as low as 21°C to 25°C is also tolerable.

Night Temperature

The temperature should not fall below 20°C at night​.

Misting Frequency

Humidity levels should be around 50-60% during the day and can increase by about 10% at night. Adjust misting accordingly to maintain these humidity levels without causing waterlogging​.

Substrate Type

For early instars (L1/L2), use untreated wood wool for climbing and kitchen towels as substrate, changing at least once a week. From L4 onwards, use branches and flowers to mimic their natural environment, ensuring the terrarium is not too crowded to allow safe moulting​.

Life Span

Creobroter gemmatus typically lives for 6 to 9 months in captivity, with females hitting the latter of that time frame​.


Feeding varies by life stage:

  • L1/L2: Drosophila melanogaster
  • L3/L4: Drosophila hydei
  • L5/L6: Lucilia sericata
  • L7/adult: Calliphora sp.​


Females can deposit their first ootheca 2-4 days after mating, with 6-7 more following at intervals. Each ootheca can contain up to 50 eggs, and under optimal conditions, the hatchlings will emerge after about 5 weeks​.

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