Parasphendale affinis Budwing praying mantis

Budwing Mantis

The budwing mantis, or more specifically Parasphendale affinis, is a popular species of praying mantis to keep as a pet. Of the Parasphendale genus, two species are being kept in captivity: Parasphendale affinis and Parasphendale argrionina. This caresheet deals with both of them. The difference between the species is hard to see and their needs are the same.

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, common name budwing mantis, is a species of praying mantis.[1] 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.

Parasphendale affinis
Scientific classificationedit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Mantodea
Family: Mantidae
Genus: Parasphendale
Species:
P. affinis