Heterochaeta orientalis (Cat Mantis) (Giant African Stick Mantis)

Heterochaeta orientalis is among the largest species of praying mantis kept in captivity (11-12cm). Heterochaeta orientalis is a stick mimic, with its long and slender appearance, strikingly resembling a part of a branch. It has two conical protrusions on top of both eyes that are distinguished giving rise to its ‘cat mantis’ common name. Heterohaeta orientalis generally has a medium to dark brown coloration and sometimes develops tinges of green, usually on the femur and tibia in its nymph stages.

It is an African mantis, stemming from central Africa and was first discovered in Tanzania

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