The Budwing Praying Mantis is a medium praying mantis from kenya with small bud wings.
When females turn adult you can really see why we call them Budwing Praying Mantids, the wings only cover part of the females abdomen. Females can grow to 70mm in length, the males are very small at 30mm. Adult Males wings covers and passes the abdomen, which makes it an excellent flier!
Their colour is a mixture of browns and grays with the very rare occasion of a green type! They have large pink coloured beady eyes - excellent for hunting prey!
When threatened, they open and stretch out there arms to show a bright colour of orange/yellow. Wings are opened on the adults to appear larger then they are, showing a dark colour of black/red!
They live in trees and shrub areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. They like a temperature of 25-30C (77-86F), but room temperature will be OK for them. Their food provides most of the water they need, but spray them a few times a week to allow them to drink, a humidity level 60% is ideal for them.
Bud Wing Praying Mantids breeding
Well, feeding is no problem! They are one of the most aggressive species to come across, eating anything you give them. They will chase their food until they catch it and if you are not careful they will make them self-ill from over eating which could be fatal. The females are the greediest! Provide them with think branches, some foliage, but most of all plenty of space, as they are very active!
Only keep them together while very young. Due to the amount of food these little guys can eat - they will eat each other.
Northern Invertebrate Show
Thursday 02 March 2017
Introducing the Northern Invertebrate Show; Huddersfield 9th April (11am - 4pm).