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  • Hierodula sp golden praying mantis H. venosa

    Hierodula sp golden H. Golden

    Big! Beautiful Friendly

    Scientific name: Hierodula venosa
    Common name: Giant rainforest
    Max. size: Female ~10 cm, male ~9 cm
    These are large, beautiful, and great pets!

    Temperature: Day 22 - 25 °C, night room temperature
    Relative humidity: Day 60 - 70 %, night 70 - 90 %
    Recommended min. size of terrarium WxDxH:30 x 30 x 40 cm
    Aggressivity against each other: High
    Level of difficulty: Easy


    Moults until fully grown:Female ~9 (adult in L10), male ~8 (adult in L9)
    Sexually mature after the last molt: Female ~5 weeks, male ~3 weeks
    Duration of development inside the ootheca:6 - 8 weeks
    Hatching rate:150 - 200 Nymphs possible


    L1/L2: Small fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and Big fruit fly Drosophila hydei
    L3: Greenbottle fly Lucilia sp. and Big fruit fly Drosophila hydei
    L4/L5: Greenbottle fly Lucilia sp.
    L6: Greenbottle fly Lucilia sp. and Bluebottle fly Calliphora sp.
    L7 - adult: Bluebottle flies Calliphora sp.
    Adult females especially love big food like Grasshoppers or Cockroaches.
      Hierodula venosa, or Hierodula golden, is similar to other Hierodula species in that it is significant; however, it is more of a golden color most of the time than green. This is one of the larger species in the hobby. It is very aggressive with prey and fun to keep. These are L2 and eating fruit flies or house flies.

        Note: ooths are never guaranteed.

        We confirm they are fertile when sent; however, they require expert care to hatch. They can be easily compromised while incubating. Conditions for incubating require experienced handling, and we assume no responsibility.