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Our Live Praying Mantis Egg Cases are back in stock for a limited time!
See 75 to 200 baby mantises, or nymphs, emerge from a Praying Mantis Egg Case! Once they hatch, release all but one or two praying mantises, since they are predators and might eat their weaker siblings. Feed the remaining praying mantises aphids or fruit flies. As they grow, you can switch to larger fare like flies and crickets.
Praying mantises are fascinating insects; they can turn their heads 180 degrees and their excellent eyesight detects movement up to 60 feet away. Some mantises will become tame enough to accept food from your fingers!
Feed and observe your praying mantises for a short while, then release them in your garden to forage for pests. To find out more tips on caring for your praying mantises, check out our Praying Mantis FAQ
Please be sure daytime temperatures are 55 degrees Fahrenheit or above when you release your mantids. Egg cases are available now to the end of June, while supplies last. Allow 3 to 10 weeks to hatch. Your egg case will hatch more quickly if you place it in a warm environment. Do not place in direct sunlight.
Egg Cases sold individually. Praying Mantis Quick Guide is included. Food for the hatchlings not included.
Delivery of live egg cases is limited to destinations within the continental USA. We cannot ship to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Hawaii or Canada.
Our escape-proof Pop Up Port-A-Bug makes a great egg case habitat!
Ages 4+ with adult supervision
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- 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.
- Overall 5 stars! Amazing creatures!
They were super cool and there were tons of them!
- Great experience - the hatching was amazing!
I didn't have much info on how to care for the ootheca last year but it appears there's a guide now.