Short care sheet for Giant Dead Leaf Mantis:
Origin: SE Asia
Size: 8-10 / 4-6 cm (female / male)
Temperature: 24-30C day / 22-23C night
Humidity: 70-80%, spray regularly
Difficulty Level: Easy
Giant Dead Leaf Mantis is close relative of Dead Leaf Mantis (D. lobata), but it has larger size and significantly larger pronotum shield. Survival strategy is the same – it is feigning death when scared, i.e. folding legs and falling down to the ground. In case there is no other choice, it can try to defend itself displaying brightly coloured wings.
Nymphs of this species are pretty large from very beginning (12 mm) and this is why they can start with bigger prey like fruit flies Drosophila hydei and then switch to Green Bottle Flies or similarly sized objects. Do not throw many feeding insects into enclosure at once, this mantis can be easily stressed with them and reject to eat.
Be aware, although there are many reports that this species is communal – this is not 100% guaranteed that no cannibalism will occur. Most safe option is to keep nymphs/adults separate.
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