Praying Mantis Cages & Housing

Praying mantis are still quite an unusual pet, so you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that you local pet store is unlikely to sell specialist praying mantis cages. Instead, the praying mantis keeper must be willing to think creatively, and to reuse other containers to create a suitable cage for their mantids. In this article, …

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Is It Safe to Hold a Praying Mantis?

Wondering if it's safe to hold a praying mantis?

If you’ve been lucky enough to watch a praying mantis going about it’s day then an obvious question is: “is it safe to hold a praying mantis?”. In this article we’re going to answer that exact question, and go into some specific do’s and don’ts.  Before we get into the nitty gritty details the quick …

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Ghost Mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxa) Care Sheet

The Ghost Mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxa) is a stunning species, broadly distributed across Africa and Madagascar. The name itself means “leaf head”, and it’s hardly difficult to see why. These cryptic praying mantids do an amazing job of avoiding predators by resembling plants. Not only is there an unusual leaf-like projection on the top of the …

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Keeping Praying Mantis as Pets (Praying Mantis Care Sheet)

The African praying mantis - Sphodromantis

Praying mantis are some of the most fascinating invertebrates to look after. With their moving neck and huge bug eyes, not to mention their specially-adapted front legs, mantis look almost like aliens from outer space. Fortunately keeping praying mantis as pets needn’t be difficult when you follow a few simple rules. Introduction to Keeping Praying …

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Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) Care Sheet

The orchid mantis is one of the world’s most beautiful – and recognisable – praying mantids. Famed for their unique flower-like appearance, the adult mantids vary in colour between a pure white through to rich pinks and purples. With their rounded abdomens, spiked heads and petal-like protrusions on the legs it is little wonder that …

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How to Heat Praying Mantis Cages

Coming from the warmer areas of the world, most praying mantis require a warm cage in order to flourish. In this guide we’ll look at suitable temperatures for praying mantis in captivity, and how to provide this warmth safely and cheaply. By the end you should know all you need to in order to keep …

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Praying Mantis Food & Feeding

Praying mantis are carnivorous predators. In the wild praying mantis will eat almost anything they can safely capture. Being diurnal predators (active by day) that primarily use their powerful sense of vision to capture prey their most common foodstuffs are invertebrates of varying types. Small vertebrates may also be eaten when the opportunity arises, including …

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Why Do Mantis Eat Their Mates?

Why do female praying mantids often eat the males?

Praying mantis for famous for getting eaten while reproducing – but why do mantis eat their mates? The Surprising Benefits of Getting Eaten When viewed through the lense of humans, getting eaten by your mate seems like a pretty barbaric practise. I mean, imagine how you’d feel if your mom ate your dad!  For insects, …

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Breeding Praying Mantis

Breeding praying mantis is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable parts of keeping these amazing insects – yet it can also be one of the single most stressful experiences of your life! As you will no doubt be aware, female praying mantids have a nasty habit of eating the male either before, during or …

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How To Care For A Praying Mantis Egg Case

Praying mantis egg cases, also known as oothecae, can regularly be bought from insect breeders. For anyone who wants to keep praying mantids as pets they make an ideal way to start. The reason is that praying mantis don’t tend to live too long so buying an adult means you may only have your pet …

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