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Praying Mantis Egg Cases - Beneficial Insect

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2 Egg Cases
  • One the best solution for people how don't want to use dangerous chemicals in their garden to control insects
  • They eat about any bug except the valuable Lady Bugs
  • Simply refrigerate the egg cases until you are ready for your chemical-free insect control
  • The average hatch time is 10-20 days
  • Most hatch at once, but some may hatching may take up to two weeks and we include the Hirt's Hatching Habitat so you can watch the egg case hatch.
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Praying Mantis 2 Egg Cases 100 - 400 Babies with Hirt's Hatching Habitat + Live Ladybugs - Hirt's Gardens - Approximately 1550 -Plus Hirt's Nature NectarTM + Dr. Pye's Scanmask Live Beneficial Nematodes - Kills Over 230 Bugs
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Product Details

Size: 2 Egg Cases
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: Made in USA
  • ASIN: B000MR7B26
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

Size: 2 Egg Cases

Chinese Praying Mantis (Tenodera aridifolia)

Praying Mantis are one the best solution for people how don't want to use dangerous chemicals in their garden to control insects. They are one of the best predator insects, eating about any bug except the valuable Lady Bugs.

Your Praying Mantis eggcases are currently refrigerated to regulate hatching; once removed and exposed to warm temperatures of 70 to 90 degrees F., the average hatch time is 10-20 days. Simply refrigerate the egg cases until you are ready for your chemical-free insect control. Each eggcase will yield from 50-200 baby Praying Mantis. Most hatch at once, but some may hatching may take up to two weeks. Generally purchased by mantid & insect enthusiasts, hobbyists, school teachers, or most important for garden pest control.

With the egg case we include egg hatching and care instructions.



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Customer Reviews

If you live in humid heat.
Parker Knight
The egg cases have been hatching out hundreds of perfect little mantis babies!!!
Sussette Webster
Very cute and the kids were so excited.
J. Garrett

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124 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Peter Faden TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 29, 2011
Size Name: 2 Egg Cases Verified Purchase
I received these two sacs around a month ago and hung them...one on a tree next to my patio, and one on a beefsteak tomato plant i have growing. Anyway, unless you stand there watching them 24/7, you aren't likely to know when or if the mantids hatch. However, i saw a tiny little mantis today wandering the patio, before he took a leap off onto part of the roof. So....the fact that i saw one made me very happy. However, i can tell you that it was a very random sighting, as they blend in quite well with their surroundings. If you want to know for sure how many actually hatch, you would be advised to put them in some sort of enclosed area, like a paper bag (which is recommended in the instructions) or an empty fish tank, or somesuch. However, the fact that i saw one leads me to believe their are quite a few, since it was luck to even see that one. It was probably around a 1/4 inch tall and brown. Made me smile.....

July 2nd: Okay, i have now seen quite a few of the little predators. Quite frankly, i wouldn't want to be any other insect hanging out in or around my tomato plant. That has become mantis territory. They have been sighted on the railings, the stairs, and leaping off the patio onto the roof (apparently a popular pastime for these little dudes (and dudettes). I would say the majority of the ones seen were in fact from the tomato plant pod, but i can see the remnants of the silk they hang from after hatching on the pod i put in the overhanging tree. So....even more pleased now. Definitive proof of multiple hatching. Bumped the rating up to 5 stars. I've seen around twenty of them now (during the same five minute period of time), I can only imagine how many i didnt see.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Mercer on June 9, 2008
Size Name: 2 Egg Cases
I ordered these egg cases to put a little security surveillance on a weeping cherry tree that was almost destroyed by Japanese beetles last year. I went on a trip for 2 weeks, and when I got back I had tiny little praying mantids all over the tree. Can't wait to see what happens when those beetles show up this year!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Leslye Evans-lane on May 28, 2008
Size Name: 2 Egg Cases
The egg cases arrived in good condition and I have found many baby praying mantids in my yard!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By p purebread on June 13, 2008
Size Name: 2 Egg Cases
This is a great purchase. Our family enjoys watching the mantis egg cases hatch, and they are so beneficial for the garden. A true wonder of nature to see all those little praying mantis all over the tree like tiny staples.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Valentine on January 5, 2013
Size Name: 5 Egg Cases
Love these little guys. As a child I would play with these for hours. They mimick and mirror our movements...very comical. Ordered years ago - had several hundred hatch. Each Fall, I find new egg cases on my trees and shrubs. I cut them free and place in paper bags, which I keep in an unheated shed. When the Spring arrives I bring the bags into my house and check each morning and afternoon. All continue to hatch. I started with 4 eggcases. I know average around 15 (and those are the ones I find -may be more). I share with gardening/landscaping oriented neighbors. We have a very healthy population in the neighborhood now. Great with the aphids and other pests. Only wish I could find something to tackle the Asian tiger mosquito.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John T. Widmeyer on March 14, 2011
Size Name: 2 Egg Cases Verified Purchase
Though the egg cases looked unchanged our yard was full of praying mantis. We live in Arizona. It takes at least a month for the temperature to be right but they came out from both egg cases. They eliminated the white flies, aphids, ants and other undesirable pests. We are ordering more for this year. Worked out great.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Hardy on December 22, 2008
Size Name: 2 Egg Cases Verified Purchase
I placed my egg case outside in an azalea bush and a few weeks later, sure enough, teeny-tiny mantids starting pouring forth from the case. I moved a couple to another area of the garden, and was able to track one's growth for a few weeks until he disappeared one day. It was SO amazing. I saw him catch 2 flies, I watched him molt....I hope a bird didn't eat him.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brofred2309 on April 17, 2012
Size Name: 2 Egg Cases Verified Purchase
These Praying Mantis will hatch. I suggest to order in March then you will receive the freshest eggs. I hatched mine in a old cheese puff container.( It has enough room when empty.) Then place two to three inches of pebbles on the bottom of the container. Then add 1/8 cup of rain water to the pebbles. Spray the eggs with rain water and put on wood sticks. Make sure to wash hand or you will grow mold on the sticks. Place the sticks in the the same area as the branch piece on the eggs and place into the pebbles. (Some time you have to loosen the old stick water.) Then put the lid on and poke a few small holes for air. When you are ready to hatch the Mantis eggs place the container under a vanity or a kitchen sink. A few day later you will see them moving around. I suggest to hatch them later in the season because they die fast from the cold weather. Generally Praying Mantis need temperatures that are warm and humid. If it is warm enough to grow warm season vegetables the Praying Mantis will have a better chance surviving outside.
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