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Praying Mantis Egg Case (Ootheca)

Praying Mantis Egg Case
  • Praying Mantises are easy to hatch and fascinating to watch and care for. You'll love your new pets.
  • Praying Mantises make an awesome pet, beneficial garden friend or an appropriate Biology/Science experiment.
  • Each egg case will hatch oodles of nymphs.
  • Hatching usually occurs in 4-6 weeks.
  • See below for food requirements,
    or go directly to our mantis food page here.
  • Complete and easy instructions are included.
  • The egg case can be ordered now and hung outside where it will hatch in Spring when the warm weather arrives. Or, you can keep it warm inside your enclosure and it will hatch in a few weeks. Egg cases can also be kept in the fridge for a few months until needed.

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Upon receipt of your praying mantis egg case, hang the case in your enclosure or in a shady area amongst your garden foliage. Please be sure you have an appropriate enclosure on hand. There can be no small openings that the mantis nymphs will escape out of. Try the nymph enclosure shown below. The egg case will hatch many many mantises after approximately 2-8 weeks of warm weather.

BE SURE TO HAVE FOOD ON HAND BEFORE THE EGG CASE HATCHES. Praying mantises are voracious eaters. Many folks are caught off guard without food and their babies end up dying. We recommend the D. Melanogaster wingless fruit flies for newly hatched nymphs and D. Hydei flightless fruit flies for feeding after 2-3 weeks.

Once hatched, the nymphs will soon begin stalking prey. Our flightless fruit flies, mini silkworms and rice flour beetle larvae also make appropriate feeders for the baby mantises. As they grow, feed them larger items, such as fly larvae and larger silkworms.

Just feed them, keep them warm and give them space as they grow and you'll have full-grown adults in no time. You can even teach them tricks and hand feed them crushed up silkworms!

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We are proud to announce the newest edition to the Silkworm Shop & Fruit Fly Shop family of websites:
The Praying Mantis Shop - www.PrayingMantisShop.com.

There, We offer praying mantises to purchase, praying mantis supplies, praying mantis educational items and plenty of information on this fascinating insect. Whether you need the praying mantis itself, living food for your mantis, or perhaps you need books and life cycle figures for education- You'll find what you're searching for.

Images to the right show the Discovery Praying Mantis Kit (top) and the Praying Mantis Nymph Enclosure (bottom) that we offer here at The Fruit Fly Shop. Please click each image to go to that page of our website.

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Praying Mantis
Discovery Kit

praying mantis enclosure
Mantis Nymph Enclosure

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