Tag Archives: Chinese Praying Mantis

The Life Cycle Of The Chinese Praying Mantis

When you first see an advertisement encouraging you to buy a praying mantis for sale you may want to know a little bit about the life cycle of a praying mantis. Praying mantises have a short but very interesting lifespan. One example of a praying mantis species with an interesting lifespan is the Chinese praying mantis

The life of a Chinese praying mantis starts as one of as many as four hundred praying mantis eggs in an egg sack. This sack can be as large as a ping pong ball. This egg sack is often found attached to vegetation. This vegetation can include bushes or trees. After emerging from the egg sack Chinese praying mantises begin to eat and grow. They eat other small insects. These insect include crickets, spiders, and cockroaches. Their diet of other insects has gained them a reputation as organic pest control and many people have begun placing Chinese mantises in their gardens.

As they continue to eat the Chinese praying mantis also continues to grow. Chinese mantises can grow as long as eleven centimeters, or more than four inches. This size makes the Chinese mantis the largest one found in North America.

Even as they continue to grow Chinese mantis have to worry about predators. In its’ native habitat the Chinese mantis is hunted by birds, other mantises, and the Asian Green Hornet, but in North America the Asian Green Hornet does not exist. Even though the Chinese mantis is not hunted by the Asian Green Hornet in North America its’ population is pretty well controlled by the large bird population found in North America. This prevents the mantis from becoming an invasive species.

When the Chinese mantis mates the female often consumes the male either during or after the mating ritual. Because of this habit the female mantis tend to have a much longer lifespan and also tend to grow much larger. This behavior is also seen in most other species of praying mantis.

Since the female mantis lives longer it sometimes has been observed consuming much larger prey. This prey can include small reptiles such as lizards or frogs. Occasionally the mantis has even been seen eating small hummingbirds. If you have praying mantises and you are trying to have hummingbirds around you may want to make sure to put your bird feeder and bird bath out of reach of the praying mantis.

Now that you know more about the Chinese praying mantises life cycle hopefully you will be more informed when you see a praying mantis for sale. They can be a wonderful form of natural pest control as they are proven bug killers. Also know that you know more you’ll be able to inform your neighbors and visitors that they are harmless.

Praying Mantises – An Amazing Form Of Preventative Pest Control

Insects and small reptiles can be a pest to people both in the yard and in the home. You may be tempted to spray your home with pesticides in hopes of keeping these pests at bay. However these chemicals only temporarily solve the problem. By putting your praying mantises in your yard you will be putting natural pest control in your yard that will lower the number of insects you see.

The praying mantis eats a diet that primarily consists of the meat from smaller insects and in some cases rodents and lizards. Since they don’t eat plants they pose no threat to plants in your yard or in your garden. When you put praying mantises in your yard you do not have to worry about them consuming your precious plants.

When looking for praying mantises you should strongly consider buying praying mantis eggs. An egg pouch can provide you with hundreds of praying mantises. The praying mantis life cycle is fairly short (about a year) and a single praying mantis will not be an effective enough bug killer but by using an egg pouch you will guarantee that you have enough praying mantises to deal with any pest problem you may be having and you these praying mantises will breed and provide you with future generations of bug killers.

One species of praying mantis to consider would be the Chinese praying mantis. This variety has been in the United States for over a hundred years as a form of organic pest control and there are no concerns that it may develop into an invasive species. This variety is very easy to take care of and if you put it in an environment with a large amount of pests the population should essentially take care of itself.

If you have young children in your household or visiting you may want to talk to them about the praying mantises in your yard. Children are often scared of insects and may harm the insect out of fear. By explaining that the praying mantis is a form of preventative pest control you will be able to teach them about the food chain and about the life cycle. What could have been a scary experience can become an educational one. One educational fact people may find interesting is that female praying mantises eat their mates soon after mating. They may also be interested to learn that praying mantises do not eat plants and only eat insects.

Praying mantises are an amazing form of natural pest control that will keep the pests in your yard and garden under control. Hopefully by having praying mantises in your yard you will also have a reduction in the amount of pests you see in your house as well.

The Life Cycle And Benefits Of The Predatory Praying Mantis: Gardener And Pet

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

The praying mantis is by no means an ordinary insect. Their many beneficial abilities are why people can find praying mantis for sale. Many times they are used as a means of organic pest control because of their natural pest control abilities. They prey on almost every other type of insect but do not harm vegetation. Praying mantis has a typical life cycle of six months to an entire year, which gives them an adequate amount of time to be utilized as preventative pest control in areas of any size from small gardens to large organic farming operations.

They are not exclusively left free to devour insects in the garden. Some people keep praying mantis as pets. If anyone purchases praying mantis they are making a good investment because just before winter the females lay anywhere from one hundred to four hundred eggs in a weatherproof sac. This is the first stage in the praying mantis life cycle.

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

During the next stage of life, after hatching, the praying mantises exist as nymphs. They are very small and eat other small insects. Many changes take place during this stage as they grow. A lot of the nymphs will make it to the next stage, adolescence.

By summer time, praying mantises have grown into adulthood and are great and stealth predators. There are praying mantis facts available to research on many interesting websites such as National Geographic’s Praying Mantis website and other sites that are dedicated to these insects that act as natural pesticides.

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

There is no other bug killer as effective when it comes to keeping other insects at bay. That is why the Chinese Praying Mantis was intentionally brought to North America as a means of pest control as early as the 19th Century. They not only feed on insects but have been observed preying on other small creatures that can be detrimental to vegetation.

The female praying mantises are especially interesting because they grow bigger than the males of the species. In most species of any animal or insect the males are usually bigger. The part of the life cycle in which the praying mantis breeds (during the end of summer) is a strange twist in conventional mating processes because the female devours the male when she has achieved her breeding mission.

Because of the long and interesting life cycle of praying mantises, they are an asset to any garden or farming operation and are a great financial help as they save vegetation from otherwise detrimental damage by other insects. They also make interesting pets because the owner can feed the praying mantis various types of bugs and small creatures and watch in amazement at how stealthily the praying mantis hunts and eats its prey.

Praying Mantis Eggs; The Chinese Mantis And How To Care For Its Eggs

Mantis ootheca on fence in Cala de Mijas, Spain
Mantis ootheca on fence in Cala de Mijas, Spain

There are well over two thousand four hundred species of mantis, but the one most people commonly agree is the best kind of mantis to raise, for those whom have never raised them before is the Chinese mantis. It is the largest species of mantis in Northern America and also a very excellent source of natural pest control. Praying mantis are for sale at many different kind of pet shops and can even be ordered in from other countrys (for those die-hard mantis fanatics).


The Chinese mantis, like most other kind of mantis, lay their eggs in a hardened, temperature protecting case, called a ootheca, egg sack or egg case. When first produced by the female the casing is soft but it soon dries and when it does it acts in much the same fashion as concrete. This hard casing protects the insects until they are ready to hatch, from both predators and the environment. Though all mantis lay eggs their egg casing differs markedly species to species in size, shape and color.

Caring for the Egg Case (ootheca)

When you have purchased a female mantis and she has laid her eggs you should not bother her. After about three to five days after she has laid her eggs, the casing will be hard enough to allow you to remove the ootheca. It is highly recommended that you remove the nymphs, not just because of temperature and environmental concerns which they require when hatching, but also because the female adult will likely eat all of the nymphs! Remember that the praying mantis is a cannibalistic species.

Japanese Mantis Ootheca
Japanese Mantis Ootheca

Once the ootheca has been removed place it a enclosure that is at least about 15 cm up and down and 8 cm side to side. There will be a lot of mantis babies so this makes sure there is enough room for all of them when they finally emerge. Also make sure that this container has a lot of ventilation so that the mantis babies don’t die from oxygen deprivation. If you are using something that does not feature mesh or similar material try punching holes in the material but make sure that they are very small or else the mantis hatchlings may swarm your home!

Container with Praying Mantis Eggs (Ootheca egg cases)
Container with Praying Mantis Eggs (Ootheca egg cases)

Place the ootheca on the lid on the inside of your enclosure and make sure you place it with the same orientation that the female did previously. The egg sack can be secured with tape. If you use tape make sure that none of the adhesive is exposing or it will trap and kill any hatchlings that are unfortunate enough to walk across it. A needle or similar item may also be used if you know where the eggs are and are not, this is generally the tip of the ootheca.

Nymph Mantises Hatching from Praying Mantis Ootheca

When the eggs are ready to hatch ensure that you keep both the humidity and temperature at the appropriate level for your species. Use a substrate at the bottom of your insect enclosure to ensure high humidity.


Praying Mantis – Natural Pesticide

There are so many chemicals that we get exposed to every day. It is in our food, our energy systems, our air, and even in our pesticides. Have you considered natural pesticides to reduce the insect elements in your flower or vegetable garden? Organic pest controls are the safe and chemical-free alternative. How about some insect on insect warfare? Praying mantis insects are a natural pest control agent. They are interesting for children to observe and study as well as being very effective insect repellents and a natural form of preventative pest control.

What can Praying Mantis Pets do?

Mantis species, like the Chinese praying mantis, are voracious eaters. They seem to eat all the time! This makes them very effective in reducing the damaging insect populations around your gardens. Many garden shops provide customers with praying mantis for sale. The natural, and chemical free bug killer, the mantis, will quickly deplete the insects that you do not want in your garden.


The praying mantis is a self-sufficient insect, too. The female praying mantis is definitely an asset because she will lay eggs. Praying mantis eggs hold around 100 to 400 eggs each. This population of mantis babies, when hatched, will begin eating right away, and start with the very small aphids and other vegetation eating insects. One egg case will support around 1600 square feet.

Praying Mantis Life Cycle

The praying mantis lives a long time, around six months from hatching to the end of their life. They are natural hunters that begin eating from the moment they emerge from their egg cases. The life cycle begins with eggs that are fertilized just before the winter. Their gestation period is about four months, emerging and ready to eliminate their insect foes.

When they first leave the security of their egg sacks they actually have more opportunity to eat each other. Praying mantis nymphs are actually weeding out the weaker of their species in this way because the strongest hunters will succeed and will progress on to adolescence. As a teenage mantis they will shed their skin to allow for growth to their full 1 to 6 inch adult length.

Since a mantis has a long life cycle, they are effective hunters for a complete season of planting. They can protect your flowers as well as your vegetables. They are not discriminatory, and will eat any insect pest that ventures into its domain. Since they reproduce in the late fall, once a person has purchased praying mantis eggs, they will likely have a lifetime supply through natural reproduction. Each year the garden should be equally protected as the population of mantis is maintained by food supply.

Praying mantis can be bought as adults in the spring, or as egg cases in the wintertime. Regardless of whether insects or their unborn offspring are purchased, this natural pesticide will keep your garden free of chemicals that may be harmful to yourself and your family as well as the environment. They are interesting and attractive to look at and they self-maintain through their own voracious appetites.

Chinese Praying Mantis

When I started looking for a praying mantis for sale, I learned one of the best mantises for first time caretakers is the Chinese Mantis. A cool fact about this praying mantis is that there are actually two types of kung-fu named after its movements.  The Chinese Mantis was imported into the United States in the 1890s as a form of natural pest control. If you live in the United States this means there’s no need to worry about it overtaking native species since it’s already prevalent in North America!

Praying Mantis For Sale
Chinese Praying Mantis

When you buy a praying mantis, the first thing you need to decide is whether you want to buy praying mantis eggs or an adult praying mantis. The praying mantis life cycle is roughly a year for the Chinese Mantis. The adult female praying mantis in the image above is likely a few months to a year old, judging by its size.

List Price: $10.74 USD
New From: $10.74 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Be sure to check back often as I’ll be posting a bunch of pictures of my ootheca as I wait for baby praying mantis nymphs to develop. All of my current praying mantis eggs are from Chinese Praying Mantises. Check out my other post for some cool praying mantis facts!