Theopropus elegans (Banded Flower Mantis)
Theopropus elegans (Banded Flower Mantis) (2nd instar) for sale
Theopropus elegans (Banded Flower Mantis) is a relatively easy Praying Mantis to keep and as such is perfect for a beginner keeping exotic invertebrates.
Theopropus elegans, common name banded flower mantis, is a species of praying mantis native to Southeast Asia.
Until their first moult, nymphs have red and black exoskeletons that aid them in ant mimicry. They are green and white starting at their second instar and adults are similar in size and appearance to Creobroter species. Adult females are up to 5cm in length while males only grow to 3cm in length due to the sexual dimorphism common in mantises. Both sexes have green and white spots with bright orange hind wings and a large white transverse stripe on the fore wings.