Popa spurca

Features: of grey and brown colour, its body shape resembles a dried stick. When disturbed it adopts a camouflage pose and stretches its tackling legs to the front. The female has shorter wings which do not reach the end of its abdomen. The male's wings reach beyond the abdomen.

Length: female 7.5 cm, male 6.5 - 7 cm

Origin: eastern Africa, Madagascar

Raising: The required raising temperature: 24 - 28 C. I keep the raising environment drier, as a substratum bed I use sand. Sometimes this praying mantid does not consume its food immediately, therefore it is necessary to pay attention whether there is any alive insect e.g cricket left in the vivarium. It may later disturb moulting mantids. When disturbed this praying mantid often adopts a camouflage pose, may fall on the ground and pretend dead.

Breeding: Sometimes problems occur at mating mainly at the moment of introducing the male to the female for these praying mantids are quite wild and when disturbed they stop moving. Sometimes it even happens that the female fears the male at the beginning, but after a while, when we leave the male unattended in a presence of the female, it gets eaten. Therefore it is recommended that these praying mantids have more space and are not disturbed. The process should be watched to possibly prevent eating the male. The oothecas are laid flat on a branch and after about 40 days 100 young mantids hatch.

My opinion about this species: this praying mantid is interesting for the shape of its body and raising process, when it attempts to melt with the raising environment