Praying Mantis Egg Case With Hatching Habitat Cup- 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
- This product comes with a unique hatching habitat
- We Guarantee the Praying Mantis Pods to hatch!
- Hatching habitat has a custom window for easy monitoring.
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(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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The pods came in a paper bag with a little viewing window on the front, and some grass type material for padding. I took the pods out and separated them into Mason jars, propping the pod up on a twig (see photos). Then I replaced the top lid with cheese cloth for air circulation. Originally I figured on keeping them inside to watch them hatch, but given that we keep our house cooled, I moved them outside to get better heat and humidity. If you do the same, make sure you drain water out of the jars after rain!
These egg pods are genetically "programmed" to start hatching when heat and humidity is just right. This is due to the life cycle of the mantis, and is important to note! There is not a magic time window that will guarantee WHEN these will hatch! Some reviews say pods we're hatched on arrival, others say they never hatched, but it can't fully be controlled. I ordered a five-pack on March 25th, and had pod number four hatch today (05/08/17). Patience is required!
All that being said, myself and my three year-olds son had a blast seeing these hatch! It's really exciting to check on your jars and see one teeming with baby mantis! Each pod can hatch 50-200 babies! Then to watch them scurry away when released was fun too!
I can't speak to the usefulness of releasing them for insect control as there is no way to tell. The only thing I can do is wait and keep my eyes out for adult mantis popping up later on. If I see adults, they must be eating...but again, more time will be needed.
Usefulness for insect control aside, this was a really fun product and a great experience! I would give six stars if I could! I would definitely do business with Nature's Good Guys again!!
We didn't keep our mantis egg pods in the "hatching habitat" they came in. We bought a large Kritter Keeper and set them up in there on a twig taped to the side of the keeper. I did use the straw material that came with them in the kritter keeper though, and that gave the babies something to land on when they hatched. We live in the woods, so we just released our little guys. Hopefully there are plenty of insects for them to feed on, without them feeding on each other. I wonder if praying mantises eat ticks? Because that would be great, with all the ticks we have in our woods.