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  2. This is Rose. My Orchid Mantis. She has been through 6 molts and I feed her silk worms. How many silk worms should a Mantis this old have to eat? I’m new to this! My silk worms are medium.
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  6. xena chillin

    My Friendly orchid mantis xena ( warrior princess) having a nice brunch upon a habiscus pistil.
  7. Mantids of The USA

    That’s an awesome and invaluable post Brian. Your first hand information makes me this a science that all can learn from. Your an amazing and gifted mantodea man!
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    Beautiful orchid (h. Coronatus) juvenile perched upon a fairy iris ( d. Grandiflora) in Port Hueneme, CA
  9. Mantis experiences

    Long before we thought of keeping exotic mantises, we have purchased a Chinese ootheca in the garden store each year, an placed it outside. This year we hatched it indoors... It hatched on June 7, and about ten days later we released all but two of them. One didn't survive and the other has grown into a fine male. Three days ago our next door neighbor brought us a mature female he found on his door... she has a damaged arm and it's getting cold out, so we decided to let her live out her golden weeks inside with us. Today she laid a small ootheca: about half the size of the one she likely came from. Is there going to be any way, for instance, frequency of her production, or size, to guess if she has had adult relations out there? Eithere way, kind of exciting for us to see.
  10. Paddywack in Autumn

  11. Mantis experiences

    So I caught a S.Limbata at a Raptor center a couple days ago. Wanted to take her home to care for her because I didn't want her surrounded by birds of prey. But when I had her, I attracted more attention than the bird exhibits! I had a big crowd, I was teaching a group of kids fun facts about them and parents and others were taking pictures! The mantis was surprisingly really chill with it all, and it was a lot of fun. She's now safetly at home, very healthy and pretty fat
  12. Mantids are insectavours. They eat insects primarily pollinators such as flies, moths, bees etc.. Using commercially raised feeders (flies) from USDA approved farms or clean home made cultures assure good nutrition and clean uncontaminated food. There are many other feeders people use. Crickets, roaches, and worms of different types. Captive mantids health depends on your understanding of nutritional needs and what is safe food . Using commercially raised feeders from USDA approved farms assure clean uncontaminated food. It is not recommended to use wild caught food as they are contaminated with pesticides and feed on some pollin that can be naturally toxic. Most communities spray for mosquitoes. The chemical used is poisonous and dangerous for Mantis. Wild Pollinators feed on natural toxic plants such as Foxglove (Digitalis extremely poisonous). There are regions where it’s poisonous affects makes even local honey dangerous to eat for humans. Crickets, worms, and roaches. Many people use these and I’ll give you some facts. Crickets, mealworms and roaches have a thick exoskeleton made of ‘critin”. Mantids do not digest this easily as it has a strong gluey paste-like composition. Insects with thick exoskeletons also shed them and will hold bacteria even if raised in a clean environment. Food and feces particles trapped between the plates or sheds will fester and can even contain botulism. Some feeders such as crickets and mealworms are raised for the reptile trade and gutloaded or given feed that is unhealthy for Mantids. Crickets bite! As well as some other feeders. Even a tiny bite will kill a Mantis The standard for success are USDA farm raised organic flies or cultures made from them at home. Note: there are many successful breeders and keepers who use other insects as feeders and know which Mantis species tolerate roaches etc better than others. They also have a standard of cleanliness for thier feeder. “The standard with using flies as suggested will minimize health issues” I am frequently contacted with people who’s Mantis is suddenly sick and dying often fed other than flies just prior. How much and how often should Mantis be fed? Naturally mantids evolved for feast and famine. Hatching flies in nature happen in mass to ensure thier reproduction. Mantids and other animals will gorge on them. Adversely, drought, heat waves and cold periods cause food scarcity for weeks even months. This said you can feed often and a lot. It becomes too much when the feeders cause stress or a dirty habitat for your Mantis. Especially with nymphs, they run around in panic like ways caused by too many feeders or crowding. A Mantis can survive for as many as 6 weeks without food. This of course would be cruel if you left them without for such a long period, but important to know. Don’t panic if your feeding schedule may be upset while your feeding cultures regenerate and hatch or while your delivery make take a week or so. Note: Water should be always available. Misting several times daily in a well ventilated habitat is necessary. Can my Mantis eat a frog, bird, mouse? No! If your curious that’s natural, however there is no reason too. Firstly your Mantis will get injured and die. It is also a cruel act and I feel strongly about those who focus on the “kill”. Enjoying watching your Mantis hunt eat and be healthy is nice, but there is absolutely no room for sadistic satisfaction or obsession with the killing. If this is what you like but a poisonous snake and sleep with it! Supplements, honey and junk food. Honey is sugar and of no nutritional value especially to Mantids. Some misconception about it confuses people. I read “Give it to your Mantis when sick or injured” and “It’s a natural antibacterial” or “My Mantis loves it”. Pay attention here, Mantids will eat Pooh if you put some on you finger and offer it! Don’t be confused, Mantids are Insectivors and eat pollinators. They may in the wild eat things like pollen or other things likely for the moisture. Likely honey will gum up a Mantis digestive tract, can contain toxins especially natural unprocessed, and even dry like “Fly paper glue” later wondering why it’s sick or dead.
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  15. Ghost on bone

    From a photo session with my ghost mantis on a coyote vertebrae
  16. Morag

    h majuscula
  17. Ripley

    h majuscula
  18. Indigo

    Ghost mantis
  19. Shrykos

    h membranca
  20. Shrykos

    H membranca
  21. Mantis experiences

    I dont know if it is unusual but every year or couple of months some friends and I bring with us our bugs to the local youth club and show them off, and for some reason all of the teenagers there esepcially girls prefer male mantids idk just thought it was interesting ^^
  22. Mantis experiences

    I've had mantids fly onto my shirt whenever I had them chill with me. Also had a truncata mantis female (mated) scare away males and not eat them, despite being able to consume roaches and mealworms with gusto, she'll shoo away any other male after the first mating.
  23. Lesser devil mantis nymph

  24. Joan acromantis japonica

  25. Daniella dorita

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