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Back to Education IndexThe Congo Green Mantis is a larger species of mantis reaching up to 3.5 inches [9cm] in length, they are native to the Congo region of Africa as their name suggests.
The Congo Green Mantis is very much a “typical” praying mantis – when you ask somebody to picture a praying mantis in their mind they will most likely picture something similar in appearance to Sphodromantis spp. – a large green mantis with a fairly typical mantis body plan. Sphodromantis in fact come in a variety of colours, ranging from deep browns through to creams, and then a whole bunch of shades of green. Their forearms, which are used to capture prey, often display some bright colouration which can be flashed by the mantids as a warning when they feel under threat.
Most mantids are from tropical countries although a few do occur in cooler climates. Their closest relatives are the stick insects, grasshoppers and cockroaches. Like their relatives the mantids undergo simple or incomplete metamorphosis; they do not have a maggot or caterpillar but go through several stages all of which look like miniature, wingless adults.
Their diet consists of Drosophila, Flies, Moths, Crickets and Grasshoppers.
This page is about the Congo Green Mantis (Sphodromantis aurea)
Click HERE for a Congo Green Mantis care sheet.