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Sibylla pretiosa (Cryptic Pretty Mantis)

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Sibylla pretiosa (Cryptic Pretty Mantis)

Introduction:

Nymphs are cryptic contortionists that can be very difficult to see on wood or mossy surfaces. Sometimes they'll lie on the bottom of the cage and appear dead but it's easy to recognize this particular pose. Adults grow to nearly two inches in length and are outfitted with pastel green tegmina.(Orin)

  • Native range
  • Difficulty level: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or expert

Development:

Nymphs mature in three to four months when fed N. cinerea but can take twice as long if fed only flies.(Orin)

[A male]rarely lives more than six weeks after the final molt.(Orin)

Behavior/temperament:

  • Degree of activity
  • Degree of aggression or timidity
  • Propensity to cannibalize
  • Dynamics of threat display

Captive Environment:

Despite tolerance to desiccation they should be misted once a day and kept well-vented. Nymphs are often housed communally through the late instars.(Orin)

  • Type and size of enclosure(s) used.
  • Substrate or lack thereof
  • Cage furnishings, e.g. molting surfaces, perches, décor, plants, etc.

Feeding:

This species eats nearly any prey but even adult females shouldn't be given something as large as an adult cricket. Nymphs mature in three to four months when fed N. cinerea but can take twice as long if fed only flies.(Orin)

Breeding:

Mating is usually not dangerous for the male if minimal precautions are taken. The difficulty is he rarely lives more than six weeks after the final molt.(Orin)

  • Sexing/sexual dimorphism (explanation of physical differences and/or adult sizes of the sexes)
  • Time needed from last molt to copulation
  • Tips: give us your methodology.
  • Tips for inducing copulation and fecundity
  • Tips for inducing female to lay oothecae

Oothecae:

The small oothecae are yellow and hold twenty to forty eggs each.(Orin)

  • Diapause if necessary
  • Incubation time and temperature

Optional:

  • Health Issues: infections or illnesses encountered.
  • Additional Observations: pertinent information which doesn't neatly fit anywhere else.
  • Photos: up to five may be posted at the bottom of the completed template. Please limit these photos to no more than one of an ootheca, two of nymphs(different instars), one of an adult female, and one of an adult male.

Contributors: jamurfjr, Orin

Edited by jamurfjr

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