Mantid Kingdom

Praying mantids and feeder insects!

Creobroter gemmatus

C. gemmatus

C. gemmatus

(Indian Flower Mantis)

C. gemmatus, also known as the Indian Flower Mantis, is an easy mantid to keep. I have had very little problem keeping them. They are a smaller species of mantid similar to P. wahlbergii. This species can be fed houseflies as the staple food for the adult mantids.

One thing I like about the Indian Flower Mantis is the way they hunt. I like mantids that actively go after their food rather than sit around waiting for it to come to them. Indian Flower Mantids don’t have a problem going after food that is in close enough range to chase down.

Breeding the Indian Flower Mantis is also easy. I have noticed very little cannibalism when it comes to breeding. Still, I am very careful when introducing the male, giving at least 2 weeks before introducing them and always while the female is eating.