Do Praying Mantis Need Light?

Praying mantis are most active during the day. They use their exceptional eyesight when hunting. Praying mantis therefore need light when being kept as pets, or they will be unable to hunt properly. A praying mantis that cannot hunt will eventually die of starvation.  However praying mantis are not overly fussy about the type of …

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Do Praying Mantis Need Water?

Praying mantis need water to drink if they are to thrive. In nature they would typically drink droplets of dew and rain from the surfaces of leaves.  When it comes to pet praying mantis you’ll need to provide water for your praying mantis to drink regularly. However, there are some important tips to bear in …

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When Do Praying Mantis Die?

In temperate regions of the world most praying mantis die in the fall as temperatures start to drop.  Praying mantis are affected by two different environmental elements that happen at around the same time. Firstly, appreciate that praying mantis are cold-blooded. This means that they rely on warmth from the environment if they are to …

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When Do Praying Mantis Come Out?

Praying mantis are diurnal insects, which means they are active during the day. They have excellent eyesight and need daylight to be able to find and catch their prey.  In temperate regions like North America and Europe praying mantis go through a regular annual lifecycle. Eggs are laid late in the season, before the cold …

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Does a Praying Mantis Lay Eggs?

A praying mantis reproduces by laying eggs. These eggs are laid in batches, and are encased in a foam-like substance. The resulting egg case is known as an ootheca. The production of a praying mantis ootheca is a thoroughly impressive feat to observe. The outer surface is produced in liquid form. It is then whipped …

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When Do Praying Mantis Mate?

In temperate regions like the USA praying mantis mate in the summer. After a successful mating an adult female praying mantis will then continue laying eggs until her eventual demise in the fall.  The praying mantis life cycle is a fascinating one. Praying mantis start to hatch in the spring when the weather warms up. …

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Dead Leaf Mantis Care Sheet (Deroplatys dessicata)

The Dead Leaf mantis is one of the most intriguing mantis species of all. As the name suggests, this incredible insect resembles a dead, crumpled leaf as an adult, perfectly helping it to camouflage in its surroundings. There are a number of different species in the Deroplatys genus, but it is Deroplatys dessicata which is …

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How to Rear Hatchling & Baby Praying Mantis

There’s no denying it; rearing hatchling and baby praying mantis can be challenging. Generally speaking, the bigger a praying mantis is, the more robust it becomes. While mantis of an inch or so in length become quite simple to raise, the most challenging time for mantis breeders is the period between hatching and reaching this …

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African Praying Mantis (Sphodromantis) Care Sheet

The term “African mantis” tends to refer to a closely-related group of praying mantis. All from the genus Sphodromantis, you may find species for sale including Sphodromantis centralis, Sphodromantis lineola and Sphodromantis viridis. The care of each of these species is near-identical in my experience, and as many specimens are misidentified by sellers it makes …

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Best Praying Mantis for Beginners

So you’ve decided that a praying mantis is the right pet for you. You’re excited about the possibility of keeping one of these incredible natural predators, watching them hunting their prey from the comfort of your own home. But where do you start, and what are the best praying mantis for beginners? What Are The …

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Are Praying Mantises Good Pets?

Do praying mantis make good pets?

There’s no denying that praying mantis are fascinating animals, but do they make good pets?  The answer is really that it depends on what you want from a pet. In this article we’ll look at both the good things about keeping praying mantis as pets, as well as the downsides you should consider before getting …

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European Mantis (Mantis religiosa) Care Sheet

Mantis religiosa, known more commonly as the European Mantis, is considered to be one of the most widely distributed mantis species of all. According to the IUCN it can be found on all contintents “except Antarctica and South America”. The European mantis has a traditional appearance, and can be found in both green and brown …

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