Miomantis paykuhlii – Egyptian pygmy mantis

Miomantis paykuhlii – Egyptian pygmy mantis

General information

DistributionEgypt, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda
SizeFemales around 4.0 cm
Males around 3.5cm
Life expectancyFemales up to 1 year
Males around 5-8 months
ColorsLightbrown or greenish
Group keeping possibleNot after L3

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.



Night: 18-22 (Below 18C no problem)

Humidity: 40/70%

Food recommendation

L1Small fruitflies (Drosophila melanogaster)
L2-L5Big fruitflies (Drosophila hydei)
L5+Curly wing flies, Bluebottle flies, greenbottle flies, small roaches, small crickets


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 Miomantis paykuhlii: adult males will have wings that reach over their entire abdomen, females have an abdomen that is bigger than their wings.


Adult stage:

Females will be adult in L8, 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

Females will be sexually mature approximately 10-14 days after their final molt. Males will be sexually mature after around 7 days of their final molt.

Oothecas & incubation

Oothecas are very tiny, around 1-2cm in size. They are lightbrown and can hatch around 15-30 nymphs. It takes around 4 to 6 weeks for the nymphs to hatch. Up to 10 oothecas can be laid with an interval of 7-14 days. The first ootheca can be laid after around 4 weeks of maturity if fed well.