FREQUENTLY ASKED PRAYING MANTIS QUESTIONS:
Q. what do praying mantis eat?
A: Chinese Mantids will eat Drosophila melanogaster and similar small flies. As they grow larger, Mantids will accept House Flies, Blue Bottle Flies and small roaches. Praying Mantids will also consume caterpillars, cockroaches, moths, butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets, spiders, flies, bees and wasps. As they grow larger however they can consume small reptiles and amphibians
Q. How many Mantis hatch per egg case?
Each Praying Mantid egg pod or sack can hatch from 50 to 200 baby PrayingMantis
Q. Can a child take care of a pet mantis?
A: Yes, the children can however we recommend that the child is supervised by an adult. From around 11 – 12 years old a child should be able to care for a praying mantis by their self but please advice them to handle with care. A younger child would most likely need help with feeding, adjusting the temperature and the humidity, with cleaning and health checks.
Q: I put my Mantis eggs out and they never hatched! I never saw one baby mantis even after waiting for maximum hatching time of 8 weeks! Did I get a bad egg?
A: Although you may think you have gotten a bad egg, generally this is not the case. Praying Mantids eggs do not break open or crack like normal eggs when they hatch. Instead, baby Mantids, less than a quarter inch, force their way out of vents / flaps in the spongy egg shell. Baby Mantids are very hard to see in the environment, so even if you haven’t seen any, chances are that your eggs did hatch. The baby Mantids blend in with their surroundings until they reach adulthood and unless you were monitoring the entire hatching process, then you may not seen them.
Q: How can I make sure that my Mantis Egg hatches?
A: In order to monitor hatching, we recommend to all of our customers to execute indoor hatching as that is the only way to have full control over the hatching process. Please refer to the above hatching methods for details.