The given size is measured from the head to the end of the abdomen, without the wings.
ca. 5cm- 7cm
ca. 6cm- 8cm
Quotation of the Lifespan
The lifespan is given in month and has the following definition:
overall-age ("time between hatching and imago" + "lifespan after the last molting")
Example: 9 (2 + 7) month lifespan
overall-age = 9 month
time between hatching and imago = 2 month
lifespan after the last molting = 7 month
Larvae: 1.5 months
ca. 6 (2 + 4) months
The period of growing can be 6 month
longer caused by a break in the winter.
Morphologically differences between male and female.
L5 and above: only by counting the abdomial appendages at the bottom of the abdomen (6 appendages)
adult: douple comped antennas
L5 and above: only by counting the abdomial appendages at the bottom of the abdomen (5 appendages)
adult: normal and short antennas
North-East-Italia to Westasia
The description is based on mantids of the following origin:
dry meadows, small bushes
sunny and dry places
They are skilful hunters. Keep looking for a good ventilation.
Mantids from countries which have temperatures under 10°C in winter have a break (diapause) in their development between 2 moltings. You should keep them at 5°C to 10°C for 3- 4 month during this break.