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Please inquire prior to going through PayPal for availability as numbers and sizes vary with season!  Options might be limited or out of stock!

Animals are only available within Australia

For bank details, if you wish to purchase several animals, availability and other inquiries please email:    or   use our  contact form

Domestic express postage & packaging is $15 up to 500g.
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For larger nymphs/adults please state the preferred gender on check out or via email.  Otherwise we will send random gender.

The options for 2 animals usually refers to pairs if the animals are adults or nymphs that are large enough to determine their gender.



GRM  :  Giant Rainforest Mantis (Hierodula majuscula) 

1st, 2nd, 3rd instars   –     out of stock
4th/5th instars            –    out of stock
adult males                  –    out of stock

1st instar (unsexed) :                            $10
2nd/3rd instar (unsexed) :                    $25
4th/5th instar (sexed) :                         $35
6th instar and up (sexed) :                    $45

Giant Rainforest Mantis (add P&P)


LBM  :  Large Brown  Mantis (Archimantis latistyla)     

not  available

small nymphs  :             $15

medium nymph  :          $20
large nymphs  :             $25
subadults/adults  :        $30

Large Brown Mantis (add P&P)

Early bird special:    not  available

2nd instar nymphs $10

Large Brown Mantis (early bird special)

 Large Brown Mantis (Archimantis latistyla)

Large Brown Mantis (Archimantis latistyla)


PWM  :  Purple Winged  Mantis (Tenodera australasiae)     

not  available

small nymphs  :             $15
medium nymph  :          $20
large nymphs  :              $25
subadults/adults  :        $30

Purple Winged Mantis (add P&P)


Early bird special:   not available

2nd instar nymphs $10

Purple Winged Mantis (early bird special)

Purple-winged Mantis, Tenodera australasiae, Insectopia

GM – Garden Mantis

(Orthodera ministralis),   $15

not  available

Orthodera ministralis - Garden mantitis - Insectopia

Garden Mantis (add express p&p)


BM – Burmeister Mantis

(Orthodera burmeisteri), $20

not  available


Orthodera burmeisteri captiv bred rare mantis buy sell pet

Burmeister mantid

Burmeister Mantis (add express p&p)



NM –  Net-winged Mantis

 (Neomantis australis),   $15

not  available

Neomantis australe

Netwinged Mantis

Netwinged Mantis (add P&P)


Giant Rainforest Mantis

“GRM”, Hierodula majuscula  (Tindale, 1923)
Family Mantidae,

Sexual Dimorphism:

The Giant Rainforest Mantis can be sexed from 3rd instar (L3) onwards.
Females have 6 abdominal segments while males have 7 abdominal segments.
I was never to fond of the counting segments thing as the nymphs won’t hold their abdomen still and straight.  It works but sufficient well to only look at the underside or the tip of their abdomen as the loss of 1 segment is due to fusion of the last 2 segments.  You will be able to recognize that.   Take a look at the photos provided.

Hierodula majuscula male

GRM male

Hierodula majuscula female

GRM female



Giant Rainforest Mantis, Hierodula majuscula adult male

GRM adult male

Hierodula majuscula, adult female, yellow form

GRM adult female

Adult females are larger and bulkier than males with their wing tips ending at the tip of their abdomen. Adult Males are more slender and shorter with their wing tips extending about 10mm past tip of abdomen. The wings of the male have a different texture too. They are thinner and more shiny.


Large Brown Mantis

Archimantis latistyla (Serville, 1839)

This species is native to Australia and occurs particularly  in the warmer areas of coastal eastern Australia from Cape York, QLD, to VIC and south-east SA.
Sexual dimorphism hold for this mantis too.
Females have 6 abdominal segments while males have 8 abdominal segments.  Adult Females are larger and bulkier.  Adult Males are more slender and shorter.  They also can fly well.  Females will need one molt more than males before reaching adulthood.   Males will grow to a length of 9-10 cm and females up to 11-12 cm.

Archimantis latistyla - Large Brown Mantis - Insectopia Archimantis latistyla - Large Brown Mantis - Insectopia




Purple Winged Mantis

Tenodera australasiae (Leach, 1814)

 This is a very slender and elegant mantis.  Like all mantids this animal is entirely carnivorous.   Purple Wings are yet a bit timid.  Both, adult males and adult female are winged and can fly.  Adult females are larger (up to 10cm long) and slightly heavier than males.  The wing tips are just exceeding the tips of their abdomen.  The adult male’s antennae are longer than the antennae of a female and females show viewer abdominal segments as males as their last 3 segments are fused together.  This species lives for around 9-12 months.  They are easy to handle but you should let them climb up and down your hand by themselves rather than picking them up.  Also watch out as they can jump and fly.

Purple-winged Mantis, Tenodera australasiae, Insectopia Purple-winged Mantis, Tenodera australasiae, Insectopia, Purple-winged Mantis, Tenodera australasiae, Insectopia, Purple-winged Mantis, Tenodera australasiae, Insectopia,




Housing  (all these species)

Mantids need to be housed separately and they require a tall enclosure with good ventilation, which is at least 3x as tall and 2x as wide as the mantis is long. Fly screen or mesh on the lid would be perfect. Place a few branches in the enclosure for the animal to move around but take care that you leave room below them and the lid, so that the mantis can hang upside down to molt.
Don’t place the enclosure close to a window. Direct sunlight can easily cause overheating.
In winter a very low watt light bulb placed off center in the enclosure, above the enclosure or next to the enclosure may aid in providing a warmer. The animals must be able to avoid respectively be able to seek the extra warmth though.


Your mantis will readily accept all sorts of live insects at a suitable size (flies, moths, crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers…). When she does not show any interest, she might be preparing for molting or the prey item is to big for her. You need to remove untouched food.


Mist spraying at least once a day will be beneficial for the animals.  It gives them the opportunity to drink. Try not to spray directly onto the animals.


Provide temperatures between 24°C and 30°C during daytime.  A slight temperature drop during night times would be beneficial. Avoid extremes!


Depending on Species they will require a humidity level of 60%-90%.  Humidity does not have to be constant but can change during the day and seasonal with higher humidity in summer and lower humidity in winter.  To low or to high humidity may result in molting problems (molting failure).


Insets need to molt in order to grow.  The nymphs will molt regularly.  The process is regulated by hormones and influenced by temperature and food availability.
The nymphs need to find a suitable position which provides enough room around it (but mainly underneath it) and a secure hold.  You’ll probably recognize when nymphs stop feeding and stop moving in preparation to the event.  Do not disturb nymphs that are in this state. Remove all uneaten prey.
The right humidity is important at this stage since the insect has to split open the old skin. It will slowly emerge through this slit, pull itself free, rest, turn around, climb up and rest again. Give nymphs time for the new skin to harden.
After their final molt the Mantis will be winged.