This Instructable will teach you how to care for a small or baby praying mantis of almost any species. everything from feeding, to handling.
Now first we need to know some things about praying mantis"s. in the wild there are many diffrent kinds of mantis. some of the normal pet species are chinese mantis, budwing mantis, and aisan giant mantis. praying mantis eat almost any living creature that is small enough to grap. the big mantis can eat hummingbirds and mice! praying mantis are also capable of flying but not very far.
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your baby"s cage is not going to need to be big. a plastic container or jar will work if your baby is about 1" long (that is a baby). you want a container that in more tall then wide but still wide enough that you can fit your hand to the bottom so that you can do maintenance.
now to make your mantis"s habitat. for substrate ECO-earth works best (the coconut fiber kind). put about 1" layer of eco-earth on the bottom of the cage. now you can get elaborate with leaves and flowers but it is not needed. all you need is a good stick with some branches. make sure you have a pearch were your mantis can hand upside down so they can molt.
Feeding is a little more difficult with baby mantis then with adults. this is because baby"s need to eat smaller foods. fruit flys are the best but they can get out of the cage sometimes. I use little pinhead crickets, 1 or 2 will fill the mantis up for a few days. you do not half to do much for water because mantis"s get most of there liquids from there food. just spray the cage lightly with water every few days.
you must be VERY careful when handling a baby mantis or any mantis in that matter. you must let the mantis crawl onto your hand you can"t grab them or anything. you can lightly touch their back end to get them to move onto your hand. for maintenance make sure you keep the ground of the cage clean of any dead crickets and change the substrate every 2 weeks.
Hi, my praying mantis is smaller than usual baby praying mantis, which I find it difficult because the bugs that I give him/her are small but he/her doesn"t eat them.
Hi, I found a baby mantis on the spoiler of my car (he must have liked the wind beneath his wings.lol) Anyway i"ve set him up in a terrarium but now i"m curious on how much to feed him. I don"t want to over feed him. I have a net and have caught 5 flies, which he enjoyed....Is that enough? I read that they only need feeding every second day. I am keen on keeping him happy and healthy so any advice will be appreciated. Also, I read that crickets aren"t the best food as they can attack a nymph, so what would be the ideal meal?.
My 2 mantises are 1/4 inch long, and one has injured rear legs...do i still feed them fruit flies, or should they be dead first...can they eat pollen, as i heard they can if food is scarce; i just want to save them, because mantises are very smart for insects...i"ve had one return to me after being hit by a car...it honestly seemed like it wanted me to put it out of its misery; it was so weird...
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Try feeding them some honey if food is short. Just gently dab it onto one of their forelegs and they will lick it up like a cat. You can try feeding them larger insects, just be prepared to remove the insect if they don"t show any interest in it.