Chloroharpax modesta – Nigerian Flower Mantis
|Distribution||Ivory Coast, Guinea, Ghana, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Cameroon|
|Habitat||Close to forests, near Flowering areas.|
|Life expectancy||8-12 months|
|Colors||Mostly green, sometimes some yellow|
|Group keeping possible||No|
-Individual keeping: from 15x15x15cm
-Smaller nymphs are best kept in smaller enclosures in order to make sure they can catch their food more easily.
-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.
|L1-L2||Drosophila melanogaster (Small fruitflies)|
|L3-L4||Drosophila 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.
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.
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.