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Praying Mantis (Mantodea)
At the Silkworm Shop, you'll find both living praying mantises as well as the praying mantis egg case or ootheca. You'll also find praying mantis supplies, such as living praying mantis food and praying mantis educational items. If you're new at this and not sure what to get, try one of our Praying Mantis Kits. If you're using the mantis as a beneficial garden insect to control pests, then you'll probably just want the egg case (see below) which you'll put out in your garden. Enjoy!

Praying Mantis Egg Cases  |  Living Praying Mantis   |   Praying Mantis Food
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Praying Mantis Egg Case (Ootheca)
We offer the Chinese praying mantis egg case, which will hatch oodles of newborn praying mantis nymphs. You can either keep them in an enclosure as a pet or let them free in your garden for pest control. When the egg case receives 2-6 weeks of warm temperature, it will hatch to your amazement. (Click here to purchase)

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Living Praying Mantis Juvenile
Praying mantis juveniles are 1-2 months old and around 1 inch long or more. We offer the Chinese praying mantis juveniles. We will send you 2 for each 1 you order in case one dies during shipment (except for the kits with live mantids, which come with two total). Both will most likely be fine when you receive them. Please have food on hand when your new pets arrive. We recommend the the d. Hydei wingless fruit flies along with other supplements such as silkworms (see top menu to left).

Chinese praying mantises are about 3-5 inches long when fully grown. They are green to light brown. This is the most common species used for garden insect control and is the most readily available.

praying mantis juvenile

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Praying Mantis Food
The best food for praying mantis nymphs is the d. Melanogaster WINGLESS FRUIT FLIES and the d. Hydei FLIGHTLESS FRUIT FLIES.
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As your praying mantids grow they will require larger food, such as our small to medium sized SILKWORMS. Silkworms are highly nutritious and will help your praying mantises grow big and strong in a shorter amount of time than with less beneficial feeders.
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RICE FLOUR BEETLES are a good item to have on hand in case you find yourself in a food emergency. The rice flour beetle culture can sit around indefinitely without any fuss or worry and the beetles will continue to produce juicy larvae.
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Drosophila Hydei flightless FRUIT FLY LARVAE are another great item. Remember, you want to have some variety in your pet's diet in order to maximize health. Larvae make a juicy hand-fed treat for them.
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Praying Mantis Basic Kit
Our Praying Mantis Growing Kits include EVERYTHING needed to start your own praying mantis colony. You'll be amazed at how fascinating and fun it is to care for and observe these unique creatures.
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basic mantis kit

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Praying Mantis Discovery Kit
The Discovery Kit includes all items included with the BASIC kit plus three educational items for learning and exploration.
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discovery praying mantis kit

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Pop-Up Praying Mantis Enclosure (adult or nymph)
This pop-up, free-standing praying mantis cage is similar to the mesh-style nymph enclosure shown above, but, at 24'' tall and 15 1/2 '' in diameter, it is much larger and will allow plenty of room for numerous growing mantises. This cage is made from see-through mesh and has a clear zipper opening at the top to allow easy access. It is collapsible (folding almost flat), lightweight, durable, even washable. It can stand freely on its own or be hung from the velcro handle. (Click here to purchase)

pop up enclosure

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Praying Mantis Nymph Enclosure - $14.50
This enclosure is ideal for newborn praying mantises, also known as nymphs. It is made of a fine mesh that has no tiny openings from which the nymphs can escape, while allowing for maximum airflow. It is collapsible, lightweight, durable, even washable. One side contains a zippered opening, ones side is see-through vinyl for viewing and the other sides are mesh. (Click here to purchase)

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Adult & Juvenile Praying Mantis Enclosure-$14.50
As your praying mantis grows, you'll want to be sure his or her habitat is large enough. This cage will provide plenty of space for individual adult praying mantids. Made from clear acrylic, this cage allows for unobstructed viewing and study. The small door on top allows for easy access without disturbing the entire lid. (Click here to purchase)

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Insect Cup with Breathable Lid - 5 pack - $7.50
Praying mantises will eventually need to be separated into individual enclosures. These 32 ounce containers with poly-fabric covered air holes are ideal for creating individual praying mantis environments.
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mantis containers

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Praying Mantis Life Cycle Figures - $9.50
These plastic, anatomically correct figurines are wonderful for teaching children about these fascinating insects. They're also fun to play with or for display. Includes Four Figures, all realistic in appearance and accurately detailed: Egg case, Hatching Egg Case, Juvenile Mantids and Adult Mantis. Figures are oversized for little hands. For Ages 4 & up.
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BOOK: Praying Mantises, by Sam Hesper
Readers will learn about mantis anatomy, behavior and their fearsome hunting techniques. This book explains the strange cannibalism of the praying mantis, as well as their amazing life cycle.
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Reading level: Ages 7-10
Paperback, 24 pages
Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.2 inches

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