Insect Lore Live Praying Mantis Hatching Kit Gift Box Toy - Viewing Habitat with Live Egg Case Life Cycle Toy Figurines and More - SHIP NOW
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- A Praying Mantis egg case that will produce anywhere from 75-200 baby mantises
- Hatching plant Praying Mantis egg case holder
- Praying Mantis pagoda, an airy, mesh habitat perfect for viewing
- Praying Mantis Life Cycle Stages
- Praying Mantis egg case quick guide
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Hatch and raise your very own Praying Mantises with our newest gift set! you’ll get a Praying Mantis egg case, plus our best-selling life cycle stages, which are durable, oversized representations of each stage of Praying Mantis development. We’re even including our new, adorable hatching plant Praying Mantis egg case holder - designed to safely suspend the egg case in the Praying Mantis pagoda. Once your Praying Mantises have hatched, release most of these helpful little insects into your garden and keep one or two in the pagoda to raise, feed and observe for a while before setting them free! the Praying Mantis is one of the most fascinating creatures in the insect world. They are cunning predators, with the ability to turn their head 180 degrees, detect movement up to 60 feet away, and snare prey with their spiky front legs. Recommended for ages 4 and up the Praying Mantis gift set is available from February to June, or until supplies last.
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Our mantis were kept near a shaded window in a relatively humid area in our home. They hatched in about 3 weeks. I had been worried that the mesh would not be fine enough to contain them because I'd read that mantis nymphs are quite tiny, but my worries were unfounded. The mesh worked fine. Our mantis did not seem to hatch all at one time, but slowly throughout the day. We had about a dozen in the morning and by evening they were all over the enclosure. As the instructions stated, we released most of them into our garden and retained about 4-5 in our enclosure so that our kid can watch them grow.
You will need to feed your mantis LIVE food. It is not included in the box. I found that the major pet store chains carry "flightless fruit flies" as fish and reptile feed, and a tube of them cost me ~$6. Mantis eat only every 3 days, so feeding them is not a daily task. They don't need a water bowl, but will drink if you lightly mist a bit of water on the mesh. The booklet suggests that you release your adult mantis pets into the garden once they've grown wings; since mantis tend to have lifespans in months, they won't be a longterm pet either way, so you only keep them long enough to teach your kids firsthand about a pretty unique little critter. :)
Overall, I'm really glad I picked this kit up! My husband thinks it's super cool to have around (I mean, how many people can say they keep a badass praying mantis as a pet??), and my 3.5 year old had a blast releasing the 'baby buggies' and checking in on her 'pets' every day. I did find Insect Lore's website to be helpful and informative too. Pretty sure we'll pick up another egg case next year, or maybe try one of their other bug kits next time.
After weeks of waiting (which is exactly as described in the product description and instructions included) the praying mantises hatched!
The kit includes instructions about the praying mantis and what to expect. There are some plastic toys to show you the different stages of the mantis. It also includes a springing enclosure, plant stand (where you will put the egg sack) and a vented cup with the egg sack included.
Set up is very easy. Undo the velcro ends of the enclosure and the spring inside of it expands the enclosure. Place the plant stand in the bottom middle and place the egg sack in the middle of that. Then you wait. If you are in a dry climate, or your relative humidity is low (dry house) then just be sure to keep some humidity around the enclosure. Once or twice a week, I would spray the sides of the enclosure with water (being very sure not to get water directly on the egg sack) just to try to keep some humidity at the location.
After waiting for weeks, they hatched. Enclosure works as intended and kept every mantis within the enclosure. They are the size of large mosquitoes when hatched.
After waiting a few days (as instructed) then you need to release them, or else they will begin to starve or eat each other. So planning ahead is critical. I ended up releasing the bulk of the 75 or so that hatched, however kept 7 or 8 of them in separate enclosures. They are a bit difficult to get out of the enclosure so plan on opening it up and trying to get the bulk out, but also leaving the enclosure open outside so the remaining mantis can get out when they decide to.
At pet stores, they sell flightless fruit flies which mine have all eaten. You do need smaller enclosures if you plan on feeding them these wingless fruit flies though, as they are small enough to escape the included netting. For this I used some clear ice cream containers I had laying around, and drilled ample tiny holes to keep the mantis and fruit flies contained within.
I hope this information helps anybody wanting to order this kit. There also are many videos you can watch with some great information in it if you wish to keep some as 'pets'.
Definitely recommend this kit. Works great, price is low, and has ample information/extras included. Would be great for a school science room, if you have a large garden, or if you wish to own your own praying mantis.
I hope you enjoy the photos of my baby mantis, and be sure to ask here if you have any questions!
UPDATE: its been 4 weeks..still waiting..keeping everything set up in my bedroom where I keep it at 73 degrees F... I'm hoping they will be coming anytime!!!
Im raising my rating from 1 to 4 stars. Baby Mantis started hatching yesterday. Better late then never. Definitely not the numbers as promised. I have about 3-4 dozen though.