Praying Mantis For Sale! Are You Ready For A Unique New Pet?!

Praying mantis for sale! Maybe it’s time to try a unique new pet! The praying mantis is a fascinating creature that can make a great choice as a pet. They are somewhat strange looking insects from their prominently bent front legs (which give them their name because they look like they are praying) to a head that can swivel around to look behind them. The praying mantis has to be one of the most unusual bugs and fun bugs to watch.

Keeping a praying mantis is pretty straightforward and can be a lot of fun. You’ll learn a lot about the daily habits of this insect just by observation.

There are three stages to the praying mantis life cycle; the egg stage, nymph stage and adult stage. The life span of an adult praying mantis is typically six months. As the praying mantis grows it molts (sheds) its hard exoskeleton. This can happen up to ten times during a summer.

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If keeping the praying mantis as a pet you will want a well-ventilated box made of mesh or some other such material (6X6 should be a big enough size). The box should also have a secure top. Prepare the box for your praying mantis by supplying twigs and foliage, even a living plant for the mantis to climb. Coax the mantis into the box with a twig or your hand if you’re not squeamish.

Feeding the praying mantis depends on its stage in the life cycle. A nymph will require smaller bugs such as aphids, micro cricket, gnats and fruit flies to name a few. For a molting mantis serve up larger sized bugs though not those that an adult would eat. During the adult stage your praying mantis can eat butterflies, grasshoppers, crickets, houseflies and other insects.

The praying mantis for sale can be great for use as organic and natural pest control. With two large eyes plus three simple eyes and a head that turns 180 degrees no prey is safe in their proximity.

Typically these insects are green or brown and able to camouflage themselves among the plants in which they live. They might lie in ambush to snare their unsuspecting prey or stalk their quarry quietly.

The praying mantis uses their front legs to snare moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies and other unfortunate insects that cross their paths. Their legs are also spiked which enables them to pin the insect in place.

The female praying mantis will sometimes eat her mate either during or after mating. However, this does not seem to deter the males from mating.

The female regularly lays hundreds of praying mantis eggs and the baby insects, called nymphs, look very much like miniature versions of their parents. They are usually born in the autumn months. She lays the eggs in a case called an ootheca. The young emerge from the case in the spring.

After reading all of these praying mantis facts you might be thinking a praying mantis could be a fun and educational insect to own. When you’re ready, we have a praying mantis for sale that’s ready to come to your house!

 

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