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Fascinations GreenEarth Praying Mantis Kit

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  • Fascinations designs product to illustrate many magical aspects of our world
  • Learn about the life cycle, biology and care of insects
  • Nature kits created to hatch and grow live insects
  • Learn all about life cycles and biology while discovering the fascinating miniature world of live insects
  • Interactive, educational, and non-violent
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 2 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B000GYWXM8
  • Item model number: GE101
  • Our recommended age: 36 months - 6 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 3 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,615 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Learn about the lifecycle, biology and care of insects, nature kits created to hatch and grow live insects. Learn all about life cycles and biology while discovering the fascinating miniature world of live insects. Designed to illustrate many magical aspects of our world, Fascinations products will cause you to react with amazement and ask "What makes that work?" or "How is that possible?" By working with engineers, scientists, magicians and most importantly, kids young and old, Fascinations is proud to bring you the best in truly unique toys and gifts. Order Praying Mantis Eggs online @ www.scientificsonline.com/alive (availability of praying mantis subject to weather conditions)

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Customer Reviews

This does NOT include a praying mantis egg.
Laura
I realize the eggs can't be sent with the kit but they should be included as " ship separately" and list added cost.
R. Finch
The picture is very deceiving in the overall size.
Gus

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

207 of 210 people found the following review helpful By meaganElise9 on October 9, 2011
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Ok, first of all, if you're interested in owning and raising mantids, this isn't necessarily the best place to start. If you don't already know, this product comes with the housing, a pipette, a pair of forceps, and a magnifying glass. It comes with some very interesting information as well as suggestions on where you can order an ootheca (mantis egg sac), but that is a separate cost and when you receive that ooth after ordering depends entirely upon what time of year you order it because you're really relying on nature and mantids lay oothecae in approximately the third week of fall. Theoretically, based on the information provided with the kit, you could go find your own ootheca in nature and hatch it at home (that is, of course, if you want to have a couple hundred babies around to take care of). Sounds overwhelming for a beginner.
This container would be ideal for perhaps an adult mantis but not a nymph. Not only that, you can buy the same thing here:[...] although at ikea, it's for laundry. Ha!
Frankly, what I suggest instead is going to two websites: mantisplace.com and mantidforum.net. Between those two, you can acquire all the knowledge you need to raise a mantis with the Appropriate materials, which, for a nymph will probably involve a simple plastic container you can buy at the grocery store.. Not only that, you can also choose between a multitude of amazing species!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. Anderson on May 9, 2011
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This is the habitat only, (as stated, you must send in the coupon for the insect(s) plus shipping. If you are ordering this for the praying mantis, make sure you order by April, so you can get the egg cases sent to you before they are out of stock). This is well made and easy enough for a 5 year old to get in and out of to take care of the praying mantis. Its nice because it has a zipper at the top for smaller opening. It has handles to hang as well. The screen is small enough to allow oxygen in and keeps the insects inside nicely. Great for educational learning about nature and other creatures. This can be used over and over again for other purposes as well.
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97 of 122 people found the following review helpful By happy mom 239736 on September 13, 2010
The reviews for this item aren't the same as the product itself. This is a cool kit and the enclosed materials are really well done. However, it doesn't say that the praying mantis eggs aren't included with the kit. I totally understand that the eggs can't be packaged with the kit since they are alive. What I wasn't expecting was to have to pay another $12.95 to get the eggs. What I really wasn't expecting is that the eggs are only available January-April. So, my daughter spent several weeks of saved allowance on this kit only to find out that she can't do anything with it for 5 months. Really disappointed that this wasn't explained before they relieved an 8 year old of her allowance.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gus on April 16, 2012
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Purchasing this kit was a good investment. I'm planning on buying another two. The picture is very deceiving in the overall size. It actually stands approximately a foot high with a diameter approximately close to an LP record (12").

CONS: I purchased Wingless Fruit Flies as stated by the instructions and knowledgeable pet store employees/owners. Based on the size of the Fruit Flies, they were able to walk through the little openings of the kit's netting and eventually suffered death by thumb. In order for me to keep the Fruit Flies distracted and not think about escape, I sliced a small slither of an apple and tossed it in the kit. That idea worked GREAT! The Fruit Flies were attracted to the apple and that kept them busy eating.

NOTE: It appears that some Mantids find the taste of apples satisfying. I'm not sure if it's the fiber or the juice but regardless, they look cute.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By elektrolad on April 2, 2011
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Wasn't sure why Amazon sat on this order for almost a month. I thought being a kit it would include everything you need. But, NO. Now I have to shell out more $$ for the eggs and wait a few more weeks. This is very difficult to explain to a 4 year old. Suppose we can use the "kit" to hatch butterflies when we are through with the mantis eggs...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kaysi12 on April 30, 2012
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Oh wow, we did not expect so many mantises to hatch! I somehow thought we would be lucky to hatch a few. We hope they are a native species because we released them into the woods behind the house: there were too many to feed and keep in the net case. But they were fun to have for a while. My six-year old grandchild was thriiled.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Liberato on January 14, 2014
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We had a praying mantis we found in the yard and she laid an ootheca (actually 4 so far), so the absence of any actual praying mantids with this kit was not a problem. We already had a bunch of baby praying mantids and no good solution for how to keep them and the baby fruitflies they require from escaping all over the house. This is a really nice habitat for that purpose. The netting is tight enough to keep in both the baby praying mantids and fruit flies--it zips very tightly too--and the top is a clear plastic so you can watch them closely with no obstructions. It's a great solution, for less than what you pay at the pet shop for a bug box that needs to be adapted for very small critters. We're buying more!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By lesmom on November 27, 2011
I bought another version of this, maybe different company, but the house/cage looks the same. Unfortunately we too bought it off season, in May and had to wait almost a year to order an eggsack and had to pay extra. However, once we got one after a few weeks we had HUNDREDS of mantis! We let them go outside within a few days, otherwise you have to find small bugs (like aphids) to feed them and they still eat each other. We tried to keep one, but it disappeared. We assumed it somehow got out (they are only about an inch long). We hoped we would see lots in our yard over the summer, but we think we let them go too early in the season. I would recommend once you get the eggsack keep it outside so that they hatch when they normally would in your climate.
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