Nigeria Flower Mantis
(
Chloroharpax modesta)
Size:                        ♂   3-4 cm      ♀   3-4 cm

Food:                       Pollinated flying insects

Temperature:        Day: 80-90 F     Night: 65-75F

Humidity:                50%

Hatching rate:        100-200 nymphs

This is a small species natives from West Africa. Unlike most flower mantis, they have nice round and beautiful eyes with blue hue.
Hatchling of this species is very small (4-5 mm) and casualty is high when proper food (small D. Melanogaster) is not readily
available. However, large amount of nymphs hatch from single ooth so some will make it through. Female and male grown up to about
the same length but female has slightly wider abdomen. Mating for this species could be challenging since adult male of this species
is jumpy.

I started this species recently (2006 Summer) with adult pairs from Germany, the mated female laid ootheca every 2 weeks if well fed.
Ootheca hatched after 4-5 weeks of incubation. Hatchling is very small and do not eat for the first 2 days. After that, they starts to take
small fruit flies that seems to large for them. I noticed high casualty due to starvation and weaker nymphs. But some of them still make
it through. When the second ootheca hatched, I have the flies ready and about 80% of the hatchling (of about 150 nymphs) made it
through the first molt. Casualties continue for the next day molt but in a smaller percentage, some will just die for no reason. After L3,
they are more stable and able to feed on larger fruit flies, but cannibalism kicks in so unless you have plenty of food available, this
species will not hesitate to take a bite of its own siblings!! However, I would recommend separating nymphs after L4, especially when
you only have few available.

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