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Metallyticus splendidus. Iridescent bark mantis

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Iridescent bark mantis (Metallyticus splendidus) -Borneo

Metallyticus splendidus …is an extraordinary species of Metallyticid mantis which is spread throughout Southeast Asia. M. splendidus

 This is a favorite of mine and have a small group M. splendidus of these and M. violaceus pairs and nymphs. They are relatively simple to care for though habitat and diet need be specific for successful rearing and breeding. I will being uploading log files as things develop, images as well.

I feel privileged to have found these and am focused on having successful breeding colonies  

  • Max. size: Male ~3,5 cm, female ~4 cm
  • Care:
  • Temperature: Day 25 - 30 °C, night room temperature
  • Relative humidity: Day 60 - 70 %, night 70 - 90 %
  • Recommended min. size of terrarium WxDxH: 20 x 20 x 20 cm
  • Aggressiveness against each other: Very low
  • Level of difficulty: difficult, feeding and habitat is specific
  • Biology
  • Molts until fully grown: Female ~8 (adult in L9), male ~7 (adult in L8)

  • Feeding
  • Firebrats in all stages. Freshly hatched nymphs of M. violaceus need freshly hatched fire-brats. You can additionally feed Small fruit flies (D. melanogaster) to small nymphs.
  • 2/14/2018- They are incredibly fast and clever. Quick to flight and dodging around corners - and into crevices evasive say the least. I have a loose male in my bookcase for days. It comes into plain sight but recapturing it has been quite a challenge

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