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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Idolomantis diabolica / Giant Devil’s Flower Mantis Care Sheet

One common observation when looking at praying mantis is that they look so “alien”. If that is true then Idolomantis diabolica, the so-called Giant Devil’s Flower Mantis, is the most alien-like of all. Idolomantis diabolica is a huge praying mantis. Some people suggest it is one of the largest known to science. The adults are …

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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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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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Praying Mantis: How To Feed

Praying mantis are carnivorous insects that need a diet of live animals of a suitable size. Whilst praying mantis have been observed in the past catching and eating small birds, lizards and mammals almost their entire diet is typically made up of life insects so when it comes to praying mantis and how to feed …

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