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Praying Mantis (Mantodea)
We offer both living praying mantises as well as the praying mantis egg case or ootheca. You'll also find praying mantis supplies (we specialize in living praying mantis food) and praying mantis educational items here at The Fruit Fly Shop. If you're new at this and not sure what to get, try one of our Praying Mantis Kits. If you're using the mantis as a beneficial garden insect to control pests, then you'll probably just want the egg case (see below) which you'll put out in your garden. Enjoy!



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Praying Mantis Egg Cases  |  Living Praying Mantis   |   Praying Mantis Food
Praying Mantis Enclosures  |  Praying Mantis Educational  |  Praying Mantis Kits


Praying Mantis Egg Case (Ootheca)
We offer the Chinese praying mantis egg case, which will hatch oodles of newborn praying mantis nymphs. You can either keep them in an enclosure as a pet or let them free in your garden for pest control. When the egg case receives 2-6 weeks of warm temperature, it will hatch to your amazement.
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Living Praying Mantis Juvenile
Praying mantis juveniles are 1-2 months old and around 1 inch long or more. We offer the Chinese mantis juveniles. In case one dies during shipment, we will send you 2 for each 1 you order (except for the kits with live mantises, which come with two total). Both will most likely be fine when you receive them.

Please have food on hand when your new pets arrive. We recommend the d. hydei wingless fruit flies along with other supplements such as silkworms (see top menu to left).

Chinese praying mantises are about 3-5 inches long when fully grown. They are green to light brown. This is the most common species used for garden insect control and is the most readily available.

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CHINESE Juvenile
$12.50

Praying Mantis Food
What do praying mantises eat? The answer is easy. They will greedily devour pretty much anything they can overpower that wanders into their waiting arms.

We offer a wide range of living food for your praying mantis here at The Fruit Fly Shop. In fact, we specialize in one of the best feeders for small and newborn mantises- Flightless and Wingless Fruit Flies. What makes them so awesome for the praying mantis is the fact that they do a lot of wandering around. Since the mantis is an ambush hunter, it waits for the fly to walk across its path and then it strikes. Order the smaller d. melanogaster flies for newborn nymphs and the larger d. hydei flies for nymphs older than 2 weeks and for juveniles.

Silkworms are another great feeder. The silkworm is highly nutritious and provides a perfect balance of nutrition, allowing your pet to achieve maximum health and a fast growth rate.

We also recommend Rice Flour Beetles and Fly Larvae. Rice Flour Beetles are one of the best feeders to purchase WITH your mantis egg case because the culture can last so long with no maintenance or worry. If the ootheca (egg case) hatches early, you'll have something on hand until your flightless fruit flies arrive.
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Praying Mantis Basic Kit - $29.50
- with Egg Case
Our Praying Mantis Growing Kits include EVERYTHING needed to start your own praying mantis colony. You'll be amazed at how fascinating and fun it is to care for and observe these unique creatures.
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Praying Mantis Basic Kit - $29.50
- with Living Mantises
Our Praying Mantis Growing Kits include EVERYTHING needed to start your own praying mantis colony. You'll be amazed at how fascinating and fun it is to care for and observe these unique creatures.
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Praying Mantis Discovery Kit - $49.50
- with Egg Case
The Discovery Kit includes all items included with the BASIC kit plus three educational items for learning and exploration.
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Praying Mantis Discovery Kit - $49.50
- with Living Mantises
The Discovery Kit includes all items included with the BASIC kit plus three educational items for learning and exploration.
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Praying Mantis Nymph Enclosure - $14.50
This enclosure is ideal for newborn praying mantises, also known as nymphs. It is made of a fine mesh that has no tiny openings from which the nymphs can escape, while allowing for maximum airflow. It is collapsible, lightweight, durable, even washable. One side contains a zippered opening, ones side is see-through vinyl for viewing and the other sides are mesh.
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Pop-Up Praying Mantis Enclosure
(Adult or Nymph) - $16.50
This pop-up, free-standing praying mantis cage is similar to the mesh-style nymph enclosure shown above, but it is much larger. At 24'' tall and 15 1/2 '' in diameter, this enclosure will allow plenty of room for numerous growing mantises. This cage is made from see-through mesh and has a clear zipper opening at the top to allow easy access. It is collapsible (folding almost flat), lightweight, durable, even washable. It can stand freely on its own or be hung from the velcro handle.
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Insect Cup with Breathable Lid - 5 pack - $7.50
Praying mantises will eventually need to be separated into individual enclosures. These 32 ounce containers with poly-fabric covered air holes are ideal for creating individual praying mantis worlds.
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Adult & Juvenile Praying Mantis Enclosure-$14.50
As your praying mantis grows, you'll want to be sure his or her habitat is large enough. This cage will provide plenty of space for individual adult praying mantids. Made from clear acrylic, this cage allows for unobstructed viewing and study. The small door on top allows for easy access without disturbing the entire lid.
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Praying Mantis Life Cycle Figures - $9.50
These plastic, anatomically correct figurines are wonderful for teaching children about these fascinating insects. They're also fun to play with or for display. Includes Four Figures, all realistic in appearance and accurately detailed: Egg case, Hatching Egg Case, Juvenile Mantids and Adult Mantis. Figures are oversized, just for little hands. For Ages 4 & up.
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BOOK: Praying Mantises (Animal Cannibals),
by Sam Hesper
$15.50
Readers will learn about mantis anatomy, behavior and their fearsome hunting techniques. This book explains the creepy cannibalism of the praying mantis, as well as their amazing life cycle.

Reading level: Ages 7-10
Paperback, 24 pages
Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.2 inches
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Praying Mantis Gift Voucher
Anyone who is interested in insects, biology, nature, animals or just loves new things will definitely enjoy receiving a gift voucher so they can purchase exactly what they want.

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