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   Oxyopsis gracilis


Mantis (Oxyopsis gracilis) Family-Mantidae.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Sub-Phylum: Tracheata
Class: Insecta
Sub-Class: Pterygota
Super-Order: Dictyoptera
Order: Mantodea
Sub-Order: -
Family: Mantidae
Sub-Family: Stagmatopterinae
Tribe: Stagmatopterini
Genus: Oxyopsis
Species: gracilis
Year: 1914
Distribution: Germany?, Paraguay, Bolivia.

This specie originates from (Germany?). Their habitat includes bushes, trees and tropical rain forests. They should be kept at 20- 30°C, 50 - 60% humidity. They should be sprayed every 1- 2 days. The mating usually takes 4- 10 hours. Their oothecas should be incubated at 22- 25°C, 50- 60% humidity. Usually 30- 80 nymphs hatch from each ootheca. I suggest this specie for beginners, as they can kept together in groups.

Females: get 1 7/8 inches (4.8 cm) long. Females are ready to be mated two weeks after their last molt.

Males: get 1 3/4 inches (4.5 cm) long. Males are ready to be mated one week after their last molt. They fly really well for long distances, so take care when handling one.

Diet: Drosophila, houseflies, crickets, flour worms. The feed must be very diversified. To the newly hatched larvae must be promptly offered Drosophila flies.

Statis: The male died before i had a chance to mate him :(!.. Looking for more!

Nymphs resting after a meal.

Two nymphs getting ready for the first boxing round (hehe).

Subadult female, one molt away from becoming an adult.

Subadult male, one molt away from becoming an adult.

Adult male.

Adult male hunting (allow 1- 2 minutes to load).


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