Bird Families

Heterochaeta orientalis


Latin name:Heterochaeta orientalis Kirby, 1904
Russian name:Giant Twig Mantis
Spread:Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania
Habitat:Trees and shrubs
Adult size:Female

* group content of praying mantises of any age is possible

Cannibalism is not guaranteed! Always feed abundant praying mantises, especially adult females.

Terrarium size (LxWxH):

  • Single content: from 30 x 30 x 40 cm
  • Group content: from 40 x 40 x 50 cm for 2 couples
  • Younger nymphs may be kept in smaller cages (see Terrarium for details)

Double ventilation is recommended (in the ceiling and in the opposite wall, closer to the bottom) to avoid stagnant moisture

Daytime 25 - 30 ° C, nighttime room (20-25 ° C)

Relative humidity:


  • Substrate: soil, sand, paper towels, gravel, coconut substrate, etc. (praying mantises rarely sit at the bottom)
  • Branches (vertical and horizontal / bent)
  • Live or artificial plants (beware of pesticides!)

Stage 1Fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster)
2-4 stageFruit fly (Drosophila hydei)
4-6 stageGreen meat fly
from stage 7 to imagoGreen meatfly, wax moth

Counting segments: 8 visible ventral abdominal segments in males, 6 in females (for more details, see Determination of sex).

Adult stage (= fully grown + with wings):
Females at stage 10, males at 9
The number of molts may vary (especially with abnormally low temperatures and / or damage)

Willingness to mate after molt into the adult stage:

Mating duration:

Ooteca (egg capsule)
Size: up to 4 cm
Shape: round and flat, with a long thread at one end
Color: dark gray
Spawning sites: thick branches, bark
First ooteca: 4 weeks after molt into adulthood
Debug interval:

14 days
Quantity: up to 8 ootheques

Incubation and hatching

4 - 6 weeks
Adult temperature (see above), relative humidity over 50% (well ventilated)
Number of nymphs: up to 90
Stage 1 nymph size: