In nature, Parapshendale sp. occurs in East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Tanzania). Many people in Europe, Japan and the US keep this mantis species as a pet.
Parasphendale affinis, the common name budwing mantis, is a species of praying mantis. It is named for the female's short wings and can grow to 4 inches long and have a low mortality rate as nymphs. They originate from Kenya and are a mottled brown and reddish-pink color. They have a voracious appetite and have been known to gorge themselves to the point of illness when kept in captivity with an unlimited food source. Though they can be kept in captivity, due to their level of activity they require more space than other mantis species.