Praying Mantis Questions

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Yes! Praying mantises will eat almost any live bug small enough to capture! However, praying mantises do not like to eat our beneficial ladybug friends because ladybugs have such a bitter taste!

Yes! Praying mantises have voracious appetites and will eat almost any insect.

Feed your nymphs (baby mantises) small insects like aphids or flies.

Feed your praying mantis every 2 to 3 days.

No, your praying mantis will get all the moisture it needs from the insects it feeds on. While waiting for your egg case to hatch, mist the sides of the habitat every few days with a mister bottle. Do not mist the egg case directly, instead mist the enclosure to create some humidity. 

Praying mantises live outdoors for 3 to 6 months.

Feed and observe the growth of your praying mantis, but keep in mind that they live only for 3 to 6 months. Insect Lore recommends that you release your praying mantis when it develops wings.

Praying mantises are very poor at flying and walk very slowly. You will probably see your praying mantis friends in your garden for weeks after your release! 

The female praying mantis is larger in size and sometimes eats the male after mating.

The female lays her eggs in the fall and attaches them to leaves and twigs.

Praying mantis egg cases are available now! We usually ship the egg cases from January through May, or until supplies last.

Yes! You can order Praying Mantis Egg Cases from our website, they are usually in stock January- May. 

An "ootheca" is a hardened egg case.

A praying mantis will shed its skin (or exoskeleton) 6 times. Your praying mantis will refuse to eat when it is preparing to molt.

Nymphs (baby mantises) like to eat small insects like aphids or small flies.

Larger praying mantises will eat caterpillars, moths, flies, crickets, bees, wasps, butterflies, grasshoppers, beetles, spiders, and even small frogs.

Birds, frogs, spiders, bats, ants and lizards will eat small nymphs. Larger birds will eat fully grown mantises and a females praying mantis will sometimes eat the male praying mantis after mating.

Be patient and maintain the egg case at room temperature. Don’t forget to provide humidity by misting the enclosure (not the egg case directly!) very lightly with water once a week. Dehydration is one of the main reasons egg cases fail! Your young mantises will hatch in 3 to 10 weeks.

A “nymph” is another name for “young praying mantis."

About 75 to 200 tiny mantises will hatch from the egg case. 

When the egg case hatches, take your praying mantis habitat outdoors and release all but one or two of your young mantises to feed and observe, if you are ready to take on that project. Otherwise, release all of the babies into your garden.

No, the mantises’ long legs prevent them from escaping from the weave of the mesh net.

Take your praying mantis habitat outside and unzip the top of the habitat. Let your mantises leave slowly. Do not shake the habitat.Your mantises will be hungry, so try to release them near plants infested with aphids or other insects. 

We recommend that you release your mantises shortly after hatching. Failing to do so causes undue stress as tiny mantids are fearful of each other, and the possibility that they themselves will become prey. Their bodies contain only a small amount of residual nutrition and this is used up quickly under these conditions. Normal behavior of newly hatched mantids is to fall from the old egg case to lie among leaves and flowers, while watching for small prey. To keep for rearing, separate them from others and rear individually.