Praying Mantis - 2 Egg Cases (Pouch)
TARGET PESTS: Crickets, Grasshoppers, Moths, Locust, Caterpillars, Flies, Cockroaches and other pests.
3,000 sq. ft.
Live Praying Mantis Egg Cases are a must have for any Organic Garden or Bug Friendly Person! Praying Mantises can be used in vegetable gardens, greenhouses, indoor grows, on trees, shrubs, ivy, anywhere pests exist, or kept as pets.
Simply place your package of Mantis Egg Cses in a warm area out of direct sunglight and c heck every few days for hatching. The egg cases will need approximately 70°F for 2-6 weeks to hatch depending on when the female laid the eggs. Release the baby mantises as soon as hatching occurs.
Attach the egg case to a twig or place in the crotch of the plant about 1 to 2 feet off the ground. When hatching, the young crawl from between tiny flaps and hang rom silky threads about 2 inches below the egg case. Once the egg has hatched, it does not change in appearance! The well camouflaged babies will disperse within an hour.
The expected life span of a praying mantis depends on the species, but the maximum is about a year for the entire life cycle. However, most will only live as adults for about 6 months (less for some species).
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 Praying Mantis
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.