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Praying Mantis Egg Case With Hatching Habitat - 2 Praying Mantids Egg Cases

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  • 2 Praying Mantis Egg Cases - Live Praying Mantids
  • Each Mantis Egg Case has approx 50 to 200 baby live praying mantis
  • Praying Mantis will not eat your ladybugs, so you can use these two good bugs together to protect your plants.
  • We Guarantee the Praying Mantis Pods to hatch!

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces
  • ASIN: B004LTFMAY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,510 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

(Important: Our Mantis pods are packed in a breathable pouch. Note: At Bug Sales we guarantee them to hatch, If they do not arrive in a breathable pouch you may be getting a knock off of our product from the other sellers that are linked here and we will not guarantee them.) Mantids are territorial stalkers of insects. They will spend days waiting and tracking their prey. The praying mantis moves its head to keep its prey in sight. Its head stimulates special receptors that send out nerve impulses that instantly adjust the distance and angle of the mantis quick strike. It delivers a bite to the neck, killing the insect and then savors the meal. That's how they work. The praying mantis is an awesome, showy creature and can help to control garden insect pests the organic way. They are also very interesting to have around. Product information: Mantis egg cases are contained in either paper cups or pouches each egg case will hatch out 50-200 mantids. When hatching, the young crawl from between tiny flaps in the egg case and hang from silken threads about 2 inches below the case. After drying out, the young will disperse. This happens within an hour or two. It is very difficult to know if hatching has occurred, unless the elusive and well camouflaged young are found. Release Rates: Attach the egg cases to a twig or plant. 2 egg cases per 3,000 sq. ft. To monitor hatching of the egg case place the egg cases in a paper bag and fold the top. Place the bag in a warm spot windowsill etc. in direct sun light. Periodically open the bag and check to see if hatching has occurred. If hatching has occurred take out and release the young. Sometimes hatching can take up to eight weeks. Strategic Considerations: Pesticides and even wetting agents and spreader-stickers may adversely affect mantids survival. Broad spectrum and systemic insecticides are toxic to praying mantids. Including a hatching habitat.


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Customer Reviews

My kids loved getting to release them in the garden.
Maria G. Herrera
Only one pod has hatched so far, but we had a lot of praying mantis.
annie kehler
You did not give any instructions on where to get food.
Jacquelyn Seabourn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

116 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Doug on July 18, 2011
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I ordered these egg cases to launch an all-out bug war in my back yard. I have just too many insects crawling everywhere. The praying mantis is the perfect non-toxic way of controlling pests. Besides, they're really cool to watch.

When the egg cases came in the mail, I strung them up in a jar to make sure that they would hatch. They did - hundreds of them - in about two weeks. I didn't want to keep them as pets, so I opened the jar in the back yard near some heavy cover. They immediately took their places to start the battle. Mission accomplished. Hopefully two or more of them will mate and give me a new generation next year.

If you want to keep one as a pet, I recommend releasing them all and recapturing one after it grows a little. It's hard to feed the hatchlings with real tiny bugs.

Now I have a mantis taking up residence on my outside window sill. It's really cool to watch him guarding the house!
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Idontusemynameontheinternet on June 23, 2011
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This product is so unassuming, (two little mud-colored lumps and a bundle of straw) that it is easy to believe you might have been ripped off. I waited for about 2 weeks for something to happen and it just didn't. Then on one warm spring day, after I'd all but given up hope...mantids! Mantids everywhere! So tiny, so many of them; I couldn't count them all but there were at least 100. And I'm not sure but I think more might have hatched a day later. Hard to tell.

I hatched them in a butterfly habitat, hanging the egg cases from a few branches, and had no problems whatsoever. I turned the majority loose in the yard, where I have yet to see them again (they're masters of stealth), and kept five for myself in separate habitats. It's been a month or two and they've moulted once already and are doing well. I've been feeding them fruit flies I bought at Petsmart and they love them. I'll eventually start feeding them a variety of other bugs as summer progresses and as I'm able to catch them.

Overall, I couldn't be happier. They're fascinating creatures worthy of the small investment in your time and money.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Curtis McGee on April 17, 2012
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I ordered these eggs with the standard shipping, and it arrived in like three days. They were packaged very well, with two egg cases in each small envelope.

I hung all six egg cases from staples, and closed them up in a mesh enclosure. Then, I placed the enclosure out in my back yard. They were exposed to the outside temps, but not directly to the rain. Temps ranged from 55 to 85 F.

First egg hatched after about a week, and all six hatched over the next twelve days. Babies wiggle out the side of the egg case through little slits. There, they emerge from an outer skin and walk away. Appearance of the egg case does not change. The only trace is the very fine shed skins of the babies that are caught in a silk like material. Roughly 100 to 150 babies from each egg. They are a dark green color, fully formed, and roughly a half inch in length. They are in no rush to move away from the hatch site, and can be found in the area quite easily once they spread out.

All of this happened from April 1, to April 17 2012
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M.L.B. on March 28, 2012
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This is a awesome way to help contol mosquitoes. I bought 2 kits and selfishly gave one to my neighbors 2 year old daughter. Now there praying Mantis's will eat my mosquitoes to. I have used Praying Mantis"s for years and they do eat and reduce the a mount of mosquitoes.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rich53 on April 28, 2013
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My initial venture into "bug control" was partially sabotaged by birds that swooped in to devour the little critters moments after I set free. Live and learn. Now, I'm going to set them up in a semi-sheltered location.

God I hate robins!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By videomakingchic on July 2, 2012
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June 2:
I have had preying mantis before but I have not yet bought from this seller. Received the eggs very fast at only 3 days and they were in great shape. I set up an indoor terrarium for them. It is July so it is a constant temperature of around 75-80 degrees F here in California. Although i gave it four stars because the price is very expensive... I will update this review soon after changes occur.

July 11:
Okay do it has been over a month and no changes have occurred yet... I spray the enclosure daily and it has. Constant temp of 75-85 degrees. I'm hoping they will hatch on my birthday which is in 2 days, July 13th. I will update this again soon!

July 19:
Okay so one egg case has just hatched this morning and it had about 70 mantids which was less then I expected but oh well. The other case has not hatched yet Unfortunatly but it still has a week and a half before the deadline due date (8 weeks). The mantids are nice and healthy and I just let them in my garden and sprayed the leaves with water for water. There very cute and are fun to hold and watch them feed on the pests on my plants. I will keep this updated when the other egg hatches or if the egg hatches.

July 30:
Last case finally hatched this morning! All are doing just fine!

August 6:
I reccomend trying to find different egg cases only becaus of the high price... But quality wise it does what it was suppose to. Other people that had so called "duds" probably did it wrong and had a colder climate or something else. Mine worked fine but you must be patient mine took 7 1/2 weeks for the last egg. You must have proper climate and tempurature in. Order for the mantis to hatch and survive.
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