SizeUp to about 3.5 inches (9 cm) in length
DietSmaller insects including roaches, crickets and grasshoppers
HabitatTrees and thick shrubs
- Color ranges from pale neutral beige and yellow to green and brown. Color changes have been observed taking place over a course of days.
- This species is one of the largest mantids. Females are larger and heavier than males.
- Adults can fly.
- Up to about 3.5 inches (9 cm) in length.
The golden giant Asian mantis is an active and aggressive hunter, and will attack insects that are near its own size or smaller.
- Insectivores; diet consists of other, smaller insects including roaches, crickets and grasshoppers.
- This mantis is an active and aggressive hunter, and will attack insects that are near its own size or smaller.
- Adults display cannibalism.
- Occurs across Southeast Asia.
- Found primarily in trees and thick shrubs.
- Eggs are laid in a group case called an ootheca. More than 100 nymphs can successfully hatch from a single ootheca, and healthy females can produce as many as eight oothecae.
- Nymphs resemble miniature adults.
- As they grow, nymphs molt, but once adult size has been attained, no further molts take place.
- “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.
- This is a popular mantid species in zoos and aquariums, as well as with home hobbyists, because of their large size and varied diet.
- This species has a confident, steady temperament – most can be easily handled by keepers.
- Insects, Peterson Field Guides
- A Guide to Insects and Spiders, Audubon Society