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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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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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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)

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9 x 8 x 2 inches
Item Weight 12 ounces
Shipping Weight 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
ASIN B000GYWXM8
Item model number GE101
Manufacturer recommended age 3 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #135,577 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#120 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Habitats
#1,965 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Science
#2,426 in Toys & Games > Preschool > Pre-Kindergarten Toys > Learning
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3.4 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews

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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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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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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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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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So dissappointed as is my son! This kit did not even come with a coupon for mantis eggs. When you go to the site where you are supposed to buy the mantis eggs, the site says item no longer exists! Now what!?
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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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Unfortunately this particular kit does not include a coupon for any egg sacs (like most other bug habitats do). The instruction sheet included gives a site to order egg sacs, but the site no longer stocks them, at least as of the second week of April, 2013. The egg sacs were pretty expensive on various sites too. Fortunately I found a site ([...]) that offered three egg sacs for $11.95 with free shipping! If you plan on keeping them in the habitat for more than a day or two after they hatch, you'll also want to order some wingless or flightless fruit flies or collect aphids out of your garden. Otherwise they'll start eating each other.

As far as the habitat goes, it is your basic pop up netted container. Comes with tweezers, magnifying glass, and pipette. It has buttons to hold it flat while not in use. We would have used our butterfly habitat if we didn't currently have butterflies in it. If you happen to have an empty butterfly habitat, you could just as easily use that. You could also use this for a few butterflies, maybe a five pack of caterpillars.
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