Hierodula is a genus of mantis which contains many different species below it. Each species varies a bit in color and appearance, but for the most part, all specimens in this genus are large, and are native throughout Asia. Due to the size and classic shape of this genus of mantis, mantises under the Hierodula umbrella are some of the most popular and commonly kept pet mantises in the hobby. Not to mention they are great for beginners, and are known to be hardy and easy to keep and breed!
The Golden Giant Asian mantis (Hierodula venosa) is very similar in care and body shape to the Giant Asian mantis, the main difference is a striking difference in color! There are not many species of mantises that have the potential to take on such a peculiar and stunning shade of yellow! But it is important to note that some specimens turn out more yellow than others as adults. However, even the specimens that stay more green than yellow as adults have beautiful yellow accents on their underarms, legs and bellies that is absent in a typical adult Giant Asian mantis.
They have voracious appetites, and it can be fascinating to watch them aggressively hunt down fairly large prey! They are certainly not your sit and wait kind of predators, like so many other mantises.
These mantises are not tolerant of high humidity levels, and should be kept in well-ventilated enclosures such as mesh or screen cages. Humidity levels in the enclosure should be kept in the range of 40% to 60% RH. These mantises are one of the most highly cannibalistic of all mantis species, and should be individually housed after the second instar.
The mantises currently for sale are generally 3rd or 4th instar (L3/L4), meaning they have already molted 2-3 times, and are currently eating fruit flies. So, be sure to have the proper prey items on hand when your mantis arrives.