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Caring for a Praying Mantis

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Keeping a praying mantis as a pet is fun and relatively easy to do. This is a guide about caring for a praying mantis.


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By 0 found this helpful
May 14, 2009

Where do I keep a praying mantis sac? I keep it on a towel in a bug tent. Is that okay? How do I raise them? I have two egg sacs. How many praying mantis will I have?

By Marika from Las Vegas, NV


May 14, 20090 found this helpful

I love the praying Mantis. It is my favorite creature among all "bugs". Here is a link about keeping one happy as a pet. http://www.ehow  ying-mantis.html

Have fun. I love watching them eat! They eat with such gusto! Robyn

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May 21, 20090 found this helpful

Robyn's link looks like it will have all you need. One other source you might ask is your county agent. They often have loads of info if you just call and ask.

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May 21, 20090 found this helpful

You'll have virtually thousands of mantis. They will try and make their way out doors. So if they escape, you'll see them in formation marching toward their natural setting


Mantis are so good for our environment. Consider allowing them to hatch out of doors where they will maintain your garden nicely and live to reproduce!

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May 21, 20090 found this helpful

What wonderful creatures, this is why no one should use any kind of chemicals in their yards or flower beds. Sprays are so harmful to our enviroment, earthworms, and everything else. Also, these chemicals eventually seep into the water table and also end up in the oceans.

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May 24, 20090 found this helpful

I thought they were endangered.

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June 10, 20090 found this helpful

You can often buy their egg sacs through gardening sites. You keep them in the fridge until your garden is planted and then place them on a tomato or another plant in the garden. When they hatch (a sac contains lots of them) they will eat all the insects that plague a gardener, like aphids.


They must eat to live, so you won't be able to contain them for long. BE CAREFUL--praying mantis bite and can really hurt you. The have been known to attack and even kill mice. While you rarely see that side of them, bites are very painful.

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April 8, 2014

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My friend got a praying mantis egg from her neighbor a while back and really didn't expect it to hatch, until her daughter, Katie started yelling one day. Hundreds of baby mantises hatched. So they went to the pet store and got a little habitat for them, bought a vial of fruit flies, and are now 'bug farming'. I got some pretty amazing photos.


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