Orchid Mantises Book – The genera Helvia and Hymenopus – Mantis Books


This book is a must read if you want to learn the most important and relevant information to date, regarding keeping and breeding Orchid mantises of the genera Helvia and Hymenopus.

The author has many years of first-hand experience keeping and breeding an array of mantis species, many of which most people can only dream of even seeing, let alone keeping. This book contains observations and insights gathered from years of dedication and personal experiences of keeping and breeding these most captivating, and sought-after of all the mantis species.

In stock


Orchid mantises of the genera Helvia and Hymenopus have always been among the most graceful and sought-after of all mantises.
However, many hobbyists still seem to find it difficult to obtain offspring consistently over a long period of time. Different rules apply to insects than to vertebrates.
In this Orchid Mantises book you will find detailed first-hand information on what really matters, what requires your attention, and how to achieve success in maintenance and breeding.
The author’s many years of relevant practical experience in maintenance, reproduction, and observation in the terrarium, as well as with this group of animals in particular, are of special value – a book from nature enthusiasts for nature enthusiasts, for terrarium keepers, and for all who aspire to be!

To quote the Author Johnnie Van den Berg

There are either scientific papers that are often of little help to hobbyists, or books on the maintenance of a large selection of praying mantises, with descriptions of the individual species that are usually too short and too general. I want to change all that with this book and take you with me on a very specific mission, to get to know two fascinating species and their natural habitat.

I will describe the maintenance of these mantises as well as how to go about breeding them and establish a breeding stock, and provide tips on breeding your own live foods. All in all, I will not only pass on my own knowledge based on over ten years of keeping and breeding these species, but will also incorporate the experiences of breeder friends in order to also permit you a glimpse beyond the proverbial own back yard. This book is aimed at the multitude of existing enthusiasts and those who aspire to become one. It isn’t intended to be a treatise, and hence will as far as possible dispense with technical jargon.

Praying Mantis for sale here

Leave a review

Review of
What name should be displayed with your review?
What title should be displayed with your review?:
The category that the review will be listed under.