Popa spurca (African twig mantis)




  • Popa spurca, also known as the African twig mantis, is a species of mantis native to Africa. It takes its common name from its resemblance to twig from a woody plant and grows up to 8 centimetres (3.1 in) long if female or 7 cm (2.8 in) long if male.
  • Just like a twig that has fallen from a tree branch. Every part of this Mantis is camouflaged. They have matching bumps and growth rings and even the eyes look like wood!
  • From young Nymphs to Adults their colour is normally a dark brown, but this can sometimes range into a tan colour.
  • The length of the arms allow them to catch prey nearly its own size, as they are very aggressive towards food.


  • Temp: 25-30°C ( 77-86F )
  • Humidity: 40-50%


  • Crickets, locust, mealworms and wax worms.

Additional information


L1, L2, L3, Adult – Female