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Egyptian Praying Mantis

Egyptian Praying Mantis
Miomantis paykullii

The Egyptian Praying Mantis is a small, slender species of praying mantis from Egypt. They range in colour from straw to green.

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What does the Egyptian Praying Mantis look like?

Adult female Egyptian Praying Mantis hunting for food

This is a small, slender Mantis, measuring 35 - 40mm in length. The females are slightly bigger and heavier in build, where as the males can be 5mm longer in length, but are both still very dainty. Mimicking grass stems in the wild, they range from straw like colours going through to light greens.

Where are Egyptian Praying Mantids from?

Depending on the species they range from Africa, Egypt and Tanzania. Needing slightly hot and dry conditions, this is a hardy specimen. Having a temperature in the region of 22 - 35 (71.6 - 95F), this is slightly warmer then room temperature. Keep the humidity level in the region of 60 - 70%, this should suit the Mantis.

Egyptian Praying Mantis Ootheca (egg case) hatching

Egyptian Praying Mantis Ootheca (egg case) hatching

Are Egyptian Praying Mantids easy to keep?

They can be tricky due to their size while young, but in general they are easy to keep.
Due to their size, they eat smaller foods then most species. You can feed them on flies, small cricket/locusts, wax worms and any other small creepy crawly you find in the garden. The set up should have stem like plants with leaves - something close to their natural habitat.

They can be kept together if you provide them with ample food and space, this species has been know to live together upto adult hood. Keep a close eye on them, if you start having problems, place them into their own living areas!

 

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