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Live Praying Mantis Egg Case


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See 75 to 200 Baby Mantises (also called Nymphs) emerge from a Praying Mantis Egg Case (Ootheca)! Once they hatch, release all but one or two Praying Mantises, as they are carnivorous and may eat their siblings. Initially you can feed your Praying Mantises tiny insects like aphids. As your Mantids grow, it is necessary to switch to larger fare like flies and crickets.

Praying Mantises are fascinating predators; they can turn their heads 180 degrees and their excellent eyesight can detect movement up to 60 feet away. Some mantises actually become tame enough to accept food from your fingers.

Insect Lore recommends that you feed and observe your Praying Mantises for a short while and then release them in your garden to forage for garden pests.  Egg cases are available mid-January to the end of June, while supplies last. Allow 4 to 10 weeks to hatch. Cases sold individually. Instruction and information sheet included. Food for the hatchlings not included.

Shipment of praying mantis egg cases is seasonal and limited to availability during springtime and early summer months only. Delivery of live egg cases is limited to destinations within the continental USA. We cannot ship them to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Hawaii or Canada.

Use as a refill for your Pop Up Port-A-Bug With Live Praying Mantis Egg Case.

Recommended for Ages 4 and Up With Adult Supervision

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awesome worth every penny

Bought these 2 years now , wonderful to watch very educational last year they hatched during my sons birthday party, that was a special event!!




Review by al Posted on 3/19/2016

Great fun.

This is a fun and easy project. I use a large glass jar, cover it with some screening which I hold down with an elastic. I bring the jar in from the garage the end of May after the frost and release them 2 days after they hatch.




Review by Linda Posted on 2/8/2016

Overall 5 stars! Amazing creatures!

They were super cool and there were tons of them!




Review by Pdizzle12 Posted on 1/27/2016

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