The exquisite Indian Flower Mantis is a truly beautiful species of praying mantis. To the joy of many enthusiasts, these striking insects have become more readily available in recent years, and are not too demanding to care for.
In the wild, the Indian Flower Mantis hunts using its camouflage. It conceals itself in a flower, sitting perfectly still, and waits until nectar-feeding insects arrive. Although they may not catch many insects, this sit-and-wait hunting method uses little energy, and the nectar-fed insects that the flower mantis does consume have high caloric content. Because many people feed captive Indian Flower Mantises crickets, they may not receive proper nutrition content. More research is needed to confirm this proposition. Regardless, it is best to feed your flower mantis a varied diet.
Growing to about 50 millimeters in length, Indian Flower Mantises have light brown heads and legs. These are adorned with darker brown bands. Their wing cases are predominantly green. In the center of the brilliant green color is a yellow or cream colored spot, usually outlined in by a darker ring.
The Indian Flower Mantis is native to regions of Asia and is now commonly bred in captivity. This means that these insects can be readily available in many areas and are not terribly expensive to purchase.