Chloroharpax modesta – Nigerian Flower Mantis

Chloroharpax modesta – Nigerian Flower Mantis

General information

DistributionIvory Coast, Guinea, Ghana, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Cameroon
HabitatClose to forests, near Flowering areas.
Life expectancy8-12 months
ColorsMostly green, sometimes some yellow
Group keeping possibleNo

Keeping requirements

-Individual keeping: from 15x15x15cm

-Smaller nymphs are best kept in smaller enclosures in order to make sure they can catch their food more easily.

Terrarium setup

-Substrate: soil, sand, kitchen towel, coco peat, spagnum moss or a mixture.

-Climbing surfaces: Branches, live or plastic plants, mesh sides or a combination.

-Ventilation: Top ventilation, best to provide ventilation from the side as well.




Humidity: 50-70%

Food recommendation

L1-L2Drosophila melanogaster (Small fruitflies)
L3-L4Drosophila hydei (Big fruitflies)
L5+Blue and greenbottle flies, small roaches, small crickets, small redrunners


In general: Praying mantises have segments on their abdomen(=belly). The amount of segments differs for males and females. This is a reliable method to use for sexing nymphs, the bigger they are the easier it is to see the difference.

Specifically for Chloroharpax modesta: Males are more slender than adult females.


Adult stage:

Females will be adult in L9, Males in L7

Amount of molts can sometimes differ 1 when they are kept under extreme conditions. Both adult sexes will have wings, but especially the males are capable of flying short distances.

Sexual maturity:

Males are sexually mature from 7-10 days after the final molt. Females are sexually mature 2 weeks after the final molt.

Oothecas & incubation

Oothecas are long and slender, quite similar to oothecas from Creoboter.