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Hierodula membranacea (Giant Asian Mantis)

Hierodula membranacea (Giant Asian Mantis)

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Hierodula membranacea, commonly known as the Giant Asian Mantis, is native throughout Asia. This species is one of the most common mantis pets due to its large size and relative easiness to keep​.

Size

  • Adult Females: Approximately 3.5 inches long (8 – 9 cm)
  • Adult Males: Approximately 3 inches long (7 – 8 cm), thinner and lighter than females​.

Day Temperature

The ideal temperature for Hierodula membranacea is around 24°C, but they can tolerate a range between 20°C and 26°C​.

Night Temperature

At night, the temperature can be cooler than during the day, but it should be at least 17°C​.

Misting Frequency

It is recommended to lightly mist the enclosure once a day to allow the mantis to drink, taking care not to spray directly on the mantis. Using spring water, distilled water, or water filtered by reverse osmosis (RO) is advised over plain tap water​.

Substrate Type

Several types of substrate can be used for Hierodula membranacea as long as they are absorbent and help regulate humidity. Options include paper towels, coconut coir, sterilized soil (if using living plants), and bark. The substrate should be kept dry to absorb excess water effectively​.

Life Span

  • Males: Up to 1 year
  • Females: Can live up to 2 years in captivity​.

Feeding

  • L1 to L2 nymphs: D. melanogaster or D. hydei fruit flies
  • L3 to L5 nymphs: House flies, blue bottle flies, and small cockroaches
  • L6 nymph to adult: Blue bottle flies and large cockroaches

It is important to ensure that the prey items do not exceed 1/3 of the mantis's body length to avoid overfeeding, which can impact their health and lifespan negatively​.

Ootheca

A female Hierodula membranacea can produce around 5 to 8 oothecae, with each ootheca potentially hatching around 200 nymphs. The nymphs are small and brown-greenish and will start to eat fruit flies within a few hours to a day after hatching​.

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