{"id":6555543109711,"title":"Narrow winged Chinese Praying Mantis (LIVE) -- (Educational or Insect Control) -- L 4 to L 5","handle":"narrow-winged-chinese-praying-mantis-live-educational-or-insect-control-l-4-to-l-5","description":"\u003ch4\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eYou will receive:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e(1) Narrow Winged Chinese Praying Mantis at the  L-4  to L 5 Stage.  (\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003ca data-mce-fragment=\"1\" name=\"Narrow-winged%20Mantis\"\u003e\u003ci data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eTenodera angustipennis)  \u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAt adult size, it may be either green or light tan, but always has a bright green stripe on the wing margin. Similar in appearance to Chinese Mantis, however the Narrow winged will have an orange spot between the front two legs. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan\u003eTo help be prepared when your mantis arrives:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWill you need a Habitat?  You can click on this link:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #2b00ff;\"\u003e\u003ca style=\"color: #2b00ff;\" href=\"https:\/\/insectsales.com\/products\/praying-mantis-clear-plastic-ventilated-habitat-convenient-handle-design\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLarger Habitat Available\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eFood needed:  Hydei Fruit Flies\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003eHelpful Care Instructions\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eThe Chinese mantis is a fantastic species for the beginner, proving one of the easiest to keep in captivity. Not only is it large, but very tame, and will tolerate handling.  Diet is no problem, and shedding problems will rarely occur.  Overall, the Tenodera is a fantastic species, much recommended!  Being a tame species, it is great for the beginner, and its ootheca hatches a vast amount of nymphs!\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eThese mantis are recommended for garden pest control, classroom projects or personal pets.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMantis Care\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eAccommodation: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eThis species of mantis will survive in fair conditions. It's best to keep it around 20-26 C (68-78.8 F). Room temperature will work best. Warmer temperature speeds up the metabolism of the mantis and will shorten its life span and in contrast, cooler temperature slows its metabolism and lengthens the life span, but both extremes could kill it. Humidity should be around 60-65%. This could be achieved by spraying or watering the substrate 3 times a week. The main purpose of humidity is to help the mantis molt too much humidity will cripple the mantis during molts, and too little will hinder it from emerging from the old skin.  Just make sure it doesn't get too dry or too damp.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eCaging:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eThis species is quite large. The suggested height is usually 3x the mantis length and 2x for width. They require sticks and leaves for perching and to hang from for molting and catching insects. They are very active and may need some space to roam around or to pursue their prey so adjust caging according to their size.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eFeeding:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eThis species eats very well. They are not picky. Crickets, cockroaches (nymphs),caterpillars, moths and butterflies (as long as they are not poisonous; you can will know by their bright colors) and then you have the house fly (which is an excellent food source).  They will begin to eat these other insects as they grow past L-9 to L-10 stage, and most generally, you can feed them anything else that will fit in its claws. It's recommended that the size of the feeder insect does not exceed 1\/3 the mantis length. Even though they are voracious and will attack anything, do not offer them poisonous insects or wasps or bees as these could seriously harm the mantis. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eYou can either drop the food inside the tank and if the mantis is hungry, it will go after the prey or you can feed them by hand: Use a pair of tweezers to hold the cricket and wave it in front of the mantis.  If it's hungry, it will turn its head to stare directly at the insect and will snatch it from the tweezers or you may need to pierce the insect and put it to the mantis mouth and if it likes the taste, it'll grab on to it and begin to feed. Do not overfeed them, overfeeding will shorten their life span also. Feed them as much as it will eat in one day and do not feed it for another 2 days. As for watering, mantids get their water from their prey, but lightly mist the enclosure every couple of days, and occasionally, a mantis will drink off of droplets from a branch or a side of the tank. This also helps keep humidity levels safe.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eMolting:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eA mantis will stop eating a day or 2 (sometimes more) prior to its molt. Do not be alarmed if one day your mantis is chowing down on a cricket and the next it refuses its food, it's simply getting ready to shed its skin. Mantids molt every 2-3 weeks as babies and the time in between each molt increases as they get older so their last molt into adulthood can sometimes take as long as 3-4 weeks. It takes about 7 molts for females and about 6 for males. That's why males tend to mature earlier than females and they also die faster. During molts, it is vital that you do not disturb them. The mantis will hang upside down from a branch or the screen lid and will sometimes shake or spasm violently. Then after a while, it worms out of its old skin and will hang out to dry. Once it's dried, it will resume eating and being its normal self after a couple days. To ensure their safety, mist them every day while young nymphs to prevent any blockade during molting.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eReproduction:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eThis species is very easy to breed. Pair up a male and a female 2 weeks after their last molt and if they are ready, the male will try to climb on the female to initiate breeding. Be sure that both sexes are well fed prior to mating. And before mating, it is advised to give the female a food item to busy herself with while the male tries to mate with her. Afterwards, he will run away, leaving the female to make the eggs.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\" color=\"#444444\"\u003ePlease track your package for delivery.  Thank you.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"float: none;\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/files\/WE_Quick_Ship2.fw_medium.png?11457917260659839422\" alt=\"WE Quick Ship\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #404040;\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eInteresting and Educational\u003c\/strong\u003e  \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eGrowth Stages Of The Praying Mantis.\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"float: left;\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/files\/Growthstages-mantis_edfe63e0-8e52-49df-a540-43f9548fa89a_grande.png?14341\" alt=\"Growth stages of Praying Mantis\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e","published_at":"2021-04-13T11:42:28-12:00","created_at":"2021-04-13T11:23:32-12:00","vendor":"Insect Sales.com","type":"Chinese Praying Mantis","tags":["Chinese Praying Mantis"],"price":1999,"price_min":1999,"price_max":1999,"available":false,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":39306730471503,"title":"Narrow winged Chinese Mantis","option1":"Narrow winged Chinese Mantis","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":null,"available":false,"name":"Narrow winged Chinese Praying Mantis (LIVE) -- (Educational or Insect Control) -- L 4 to L 5 - Narrow winged Chinese Mantis","public_title":"Narrow winged Chinese Mantis","options":["Narrow winged Chinese Mantis"],"price":1999,"weight":907,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":0,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":"","requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_allocations":[]}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/products\/Adultfemale.jpg?v=1620275617","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/products\/mantis.jpg?v=1620275617","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/products\/Adultmale.jpg?v=1619808519"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/products\/Adultfemale.jpg?v=1620275617","options":["Shipping Option"],"media":[{"alt":null,"id":20485313593423,"position":1,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":0.755,"height":3153,"width":2382,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/products\/Adultfemale.jpg?v=1619808348"},"aspect_ratio":0.755,"height":3153,"media_type":"image","src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/products\/Adultfemale.jpg?v=1619808348","width":2382},{"alt":null,"id":20439138992207,"position":2,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":1.288,"height":549,"width":707,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/products\/mantis.jpg?v=1618357093"},"aspect_ratio":1.288,"height":549,"media_type":"image","src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/products\/mantis.jpg?v=1618357093","width":707},{"alt":null,"id":20485320048719,"position":3,"preview_image":{"aspect_ratio":0.958,"height":2487,"width":2382,"src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/products\/Adultmale.jpg?v=1619808519"},"aspect_ratio":0.958,"height":2487,"media_type":"image","src":"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/products\/Adultmale.jpg?v=1619808519","width":2382}],"requires_selling_plan":false,"selling_plan_groups":[],"content":"\u003ch4\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003eYou will receive:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\"\u003e(1) Narrow Winged Chinese Praying Mantis at the  L-4  to L 5 Stage.  (\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003ca data-mce-fragment=\"1\" name=\"Narrow-winged%20Mantis\"\u003e\u003ci data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eTenodera angustipennis)  \u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAt adult size, it may be either green or light tan, but always has a bright green stripe on the wing margin. Similar in appearance to Chinese Mantis, however the Narrow winged will have an orange spot between the front two legs. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan\u003eTo help be prepared when your mantis arrives:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWill you need a Habitat?  You can click on this link:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #2b00ff;\"\u003e\u003ca style=\"color: #2b00ff;\" href=\"https:\/\/insectsales.com\/products\/praying-mantis-clear-plastic-ventilated-habitat-convenient-handle-design\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eLarger Habitat Available\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eFood needed:  Hydei Fruit Flies\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003eHelpful Care Instructions\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eThe Chinese mantis is a fantastic species for the beginner, proving one of the easiest to keep in captivity. Not only is it large, but very tame, and will tolerate handling.  Diet is no problem, and shedding problems will rarely occur.  Overall, the Tenodera is a fantastic species, much recommended!  Being a tame species, it is great for the beginner, and its ootheca hatches a vast amount of nymphs!\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eThese mantis are recommended for garden pest control, classroom projects or personal pets.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eMantis Care\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eAccommodation: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eThis species of mantis will survive in fair conditions. It's best to keep it around 20-26 C (68-78.8 F). Room temperature will work best. Warmer temperature speeds up the metabolism of the mantis and will shorten its life span and in contrast, cooler temperature slows its metabolism and lengthens the life span, but both extremes could kill it. Humidity should be around 60-65%. This could be achieved by spraying or watering the substrate 3 times a week. The main purpose of humidity is to help the mantis molt too much humidity will cripple the mantis during molts, and too little will hinder it from emerging from the old skin.  Just make sure it doesn't get too dry or too damp.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eCaging:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eThis species is quite large. The suggested height is usually 3x the mantis length and 2x for width. They require sticks and leaves for perching and to hang from for molting and catching insects. They are very active and may need some space to roam around or to pursue their prey so adjust caging according to their size.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eFeeding:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eThis species eats very well. They are not picky. Crickets, cockroaches (nymphs),caterpillars, moths and butterflies (as long as they are not poisonous; you can will know by their bright colors) and then you have the house fly (which is an excellent food source).  They will begin to eat these other insects as they grow past L-9 to L-10 stage, and most generally, you can feed them anything else that will fit in its claws. It's recommended that the size of the feeder insect does not exceed 1\/3 the mantis length. Even though they are voracious and will attack anything, do not offer them poisonous insects or wasps or bees as these could seriously harm the mantis. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eYou can either drop the food inside the tank and if the mantis is hungry, it will go after the prey or you can feed them by hand: Use a pair of tweezers to hold the cricket and wave it in front of the mantis.  If it's hungry, it will turn its head to stare directly at the insect and will snatch it from the tweezers or you may need to pierce the insect and put it to the mantis mouth and if it likes the taste, it'll grab on to it and begin to feed. Do not overfeed them, overfeeding will shorten their life span also. Feed them as much as it will eat in one day and do not feed it for another 2 days. As for watering, mantids get their water from their prey, but lightly mist the enclosure every couple of days, and occasionally, a mantis will drink off of droplets from a branch or a side of the tank. This also helps keep humidity levels safe.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eMolting:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eA mantis will stop eating a day or 2 (sometimes more) prior to its molt. Do not be alarmed if one day your mantis is chowing down on a cricket and the next it refuses its food, it's simply getting ready to shed its skin. Mantids molt every 2-3 weeks as babies and the time in between each molt increases as they get older so their last molt into adulthood can sometimes take as long as 3-4 weeks. It takes about 7 molts for females and about 6 for males. That's why males tend to mature earlier than females and they also die faster. During molts, it is vital that you do not disturb them. The mantis will hang upside down from a branch or the screen lid and will sometimes shake or spasm violently. Then after a while, it worms out of its old skin and will hang out to dry. Once it's dried, it will resume eating and being its normal self after a couple days. To ensure their safety, mist them every day while young nymphs to prevent any blockade during molting.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eReproduction:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003ch4\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eThis species is very easy to breed. Pair up a male and a female 2 weeks after their last molt and if they are ready, the male will try to climb on the female to initiate breeding. Be sure that both sexes are well fed prior to mating. And before mating, it is advised to give the female a food item to busy herself with while the male tries to mate with her. Afterwards, he will run away, leaving the female to make the eggs.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h4\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #000000;\" color=\"#444444\"\u003ePlease track your package for delivery.  Thank you.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"float: none;\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/files\/WE_Quick_Ship2.fw_medium.png?11457917260659839422\" alt=\"WE Quick Ship\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #404040;\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eInteresting and Educational\u003c\/strong\u003e  \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eGrowth Stages Of The Praying Mantis.\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"float: left;\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0407\/0261\/files\/Growthstages-mantis_edfe63e0-8e52-49df-a540-43f9548fa89a_grande.png?14341\" alt=\"Growth stages of Praying Mantis\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e"}

Narrow winged Chinese Praying Mantis (LIVE) -- (Educational or Insect Control) -- L 4 to L 5

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You will receive:

(1) Narrow Winged Chinese Praying Mantis at the  L-4  to L 5 Stage.  (Tenodera angustipennis)  

At adult size, it may be either green or light tan, but always has a bright green stripe on the wing margin. Similar in appearance to Chinese Mantis, however the Narrow winged will have an orange spot between the front two legs. 

 

To help be prepared when your mantis arrives:

Will you need a Habitat?  You can click on this link:

Larger Habitat Available

Food needed:  Hydei Fruit Flies

 

Helpful Care Instructions

    The Chinese mantis is a fantastic species for the beginner, proving one of the easiest to keep in captivity. Not only is it large, but very tame, and will tolerate handling.  Diet is no problem, and shedding problems will rarely occur.  Overall, the Tenodera is a fantastic species, much recommended!  Being a tame species, it is great for the beginner, and its ootheca hatches a vast amount of nymphs!

    These mantis are recommended for garden pest control, classroom projects or personal pets.

    Mantis Care

    Accommodation: 

    This species of mantis will survive in fair conditions. It's best to keep it around 20-26 C (68-78.8 F). Room temperature will work best. Warmer temperature speeds up the metabolism of the mantis and will shorten its life span and in contrast, cooler temperature slows its metabolism and lengthens the life span, but both extremes could kill it. Humidity should be around 60-65%. This could be achieved by spraying or watering the substrate 3 times a week. The main purpose of humidity is to help the mantis molt too much humidity will cripple the mantis during molts, and too little will hinder it from emerging from the old skin.  Just make sure it doesn't get too dry or too damp.

    Caging:

    This species is quite large. The suggested height is usually 3x the mantis length and 2x for width. They require sticks and leaves for perching and to hang from for molting and catching insects. They are very active and may need some space to roam around or to pursue their prey so adjust caging according to their size.

    Feeding:

    This species eats very well. They are not picky. Crickets, cockroaches (nymphs),caterpillars, moths and butterflies (as long as they are not poisonous; you can will know by their bright colors) and then you have the house fly (which is an excellent food source).  They will begin to eat these other insects as they grow past L-9 to L-10 stage, and most generally, you can feed them anything else that will fit in its claws. It's recommended that the size of the feeder insect does not exceed 1/3 the mantis length. Even though they are voracious and will attack anything, do not offer them poisonous insects or wasps or bees as these could seriously harm the mantis. 

    You can either drop the food inside the tank and if the mantis is hungry, it will go after the prey or you can feed them by hand: Use a pair of tweezers to hold the cricket and wave it in front of the mantis.  If it's hungry, it will turn its head to stare directly at the insect and will snatch it from the tweezers or you may need to pierce the insect and put it to the mantis mouth and if it likes the taste, it'll grab on to it and begin to feed. Do not overfeed them, overfeeding will shorten their life span also. Feed them as much as it will eat in one day and do not feed it for another 2 days. As for watering, mantids get their water from their prey, but lightly mist the enclosure every couple of days, and occasionally, a mantis will drink off of droplets from a branch or a side of the tank. This also helps keep humidity levels safe.

    Molting:

    A mantis will stop eating a day or 2 (sometimes more) prior to its molt. Do not be alarmed if one day your mantis is chowing down on a cricket and the next it refuses its food, it's simply getting ready to shed its skin. Mantids molt every 2-3 weeks as babies and the time in between each molt increases as they get older so their last molt into adulthood can sometimes take as long as 3-4 weeks. It takes about 7 molts for females and about 6 for males. That's why males tend to mature earlier than females and they also die faster. During molts, it is vital that you do not disturb them. The mantis will hang upside down from a branch or the screen lid and will sometimes shake or spasm violently. Then after a while, it worms out of its old skin and will hang out to dry. Once it's dried, it will resume eating and being its normal self after a couple days. To ensure their safety, mist them every day while young nymphs to prevent any blockade during molting.

    Reproduction:

    This species is very easy to breed. Pair up a male and a female 2 weeks after their last molt and if they are ready, the male will try to climb on the female to initiate breeding. Be sure that both sexes are well fed prior to mating. And before mating, it is advised to give the female a food item to busy herself with while the male tries to mate with her. Afterwards, he will run away, leaving the female to make the eggs.

     

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    Growth Stages Of The Praying Mantis. 

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