The Jewelled Flower mantis (Creobroter gemmatus) is a beautiful flower mantis with a mostly white body and green and brown stripes on its legs. Adults are known for the eye-shaped white spot in the middle of their mostly solid green wings, which they use to scare off predators. They are great for beginners, since they are known to be hardy and easy to keep and breed!
The Jewelled Flower mantis is a small species, only growing to around 1.5 inches as adults. They can tolerate a fair range when it comes to temperature and humidity. They are pretty hardy, and should do fairly well between 75°F and 85°F, and at least 60% relative humidity (RH). It is possible to keep these mantises communally, as long as there is plenty of food available and they are not over crowded. However, it is recommended to keep them in individual enclosures, as the risk of cannibalism is always there.
Mantids currently for sale are L3/L4 nymphs, andare currently eating hydeifruit flies. Be sure to have the proper prey items on hand when your mantis arrives.