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This page is about the Madagascan Marbled Mantis (Polyspilota Aeruginosa)


  • The Madagascan Marbled Mantis (Polyspilota Aeruginosa), is a species of praying mantis native to Africa.
  • This species is quite large with the males being more slender than the females. Males measure approx. 80mm whereas the females are larger measuring more closely to 90mm. They have a brown marbled affect all over the body and wings, when adult.
  • Black eye spots can be seen on the inside of their front arms also a tint of purple towards the top. When the light hits their eyes, they seem to be a pink/purple colour.
  • They are found in Africa, Kenya, Madagascar and Nigeria too. Their habitat is usually in bushes, trees and sparse vegetated areas with sun- exposure. They can be highly aggressive.
  • Their diet consists of Drosophila, Flies, Moths, Crickets and Grasshoppers.

    Click HERE for a Madagascan Marbled Mantis care sheet.