Ghost mantis are one of the top beginner-friendly praying mantis species available, beloved for their stunning leaf-like camouflage and dramatic disposition. Ghost mantis come in a variety of shades from vibrant greens to yellows and browns, but look equally stunning no matter their colouration.
Ghost mantis are hardy but have particular quirks that make keeping them a little different to other species. For example, ghost mantis are not particularly aggressive and prefer to feed on smaller prey than most other mantis. They will quickly feign death while spooked, which happens often and easily. Interestingly, this timididty actually keepers to keep them communally, as they are typically too cautious to attack one another.
Ghost mantises are also known for their hardiness and adaptability, as they can thrive in different climates, from the rainforests of Madagascar to the drier plains of Africa. It’s even rumored that you can change their color by adjusting the humidity levels in their enclosure. With their ease of care, hardiness, and dynamic personalities, ghost mantises are an excellent choice for first-time mantis and insect keepers.