Tarachomantis alaotrana

Features: chest and top of the head are brown and violet, legs are green, wings green on the sides; female's wings are silver glossy on the surface and respectively male's wings are brown.

Length: it is a smaller praying mantid, female - around 5 cm, male 4 - 4.5 cm

Origin: Madagascar

Raising: Due to the size of this mantid a smaller container is sufficient. The raising temperature is around 25 C. I maintain higher humidity than for African species - I spray every day.

Breeding: In spite of its small size the female is very aggressive so the male can be introduced after the female is very well fed. Anyway I recommend to watch the mating process well in order to prevent the male from being hunted and eaten. The female lays round oothecas (approx. 1.5 cm of diameter), most typically on the branch. I spray the oothecas every day and at the temperature 24 - 26 C the young hatch after about 35 days. There are about 80 of them. It is good to do the spraying every day for the freshly hatched nymphs to drink. The young become adult after approx. 4 months. The adult male lives 2 - 3 months and the female respectively about 5 - 6 months.

My opinion about this species: smaller praying mantid, no problem with accepting food, young mantids fly well.