Praying Mantid Egg Cases

Tenodera aridifolia

Praying Mantids are collected in the wild and are generally available after Late January.
  • 1 Case
    SKU: 1121000
  • $4.95
  • Out of Season
  • 3 Cases
    SKU: 1121001
  • $13.48
  • Out of Season
  • 10 Cases
    SKU: 1121101
  • $41.15
  • Out of Season
  • 50 Cases
    SKU: 1121201
  • $97.00
  • Out of Season
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Praying mantids eat a wide variety of pest insects, mites, and insect eggs. Young mantids prey upon soft-bodied insects such as Aphids, Leafhoppers, Mosquitoes, and Caterpillars. As adults they will eat larger, hard shelled insects such as small Beetles, Grasshoppers and Crickets.

Praying mantids are shipped in their natural egg cases, which are called ootheca. The ootheca are comprised of many single eggs encased in the mothers dried, foamy saliva. Each ootheca is gathered in the wild and may contain between 50 and 200 individual eggs.

Hatching requires at least 10 to 15 days of continuous warm weather but can take as long as 8 weeks to commence. Once hatching begins, the young mantids will emerge from the egg cases and rapidly look for something to eat. Cannibalism may occur with low pest densities present.

Once hatching commences, it will be complete within a few hours and the newly hatched mantids disappear rapidly into the vegetation looking for food. This beneficial is well camouflaged and can seem to disappear. They leave very little evidence of hatching.

Disclaimer: ARBICO Organics can only guarantee hatching through the end of May since praying mantid egg cases are collected in the wild during the early spring months. All orders placed June 1st or later are subject to variable hatch rates due to the effects of storage. We recommend hatching praying mantid egg cases in resealable containers that allow for monitoring; however, cannibalism among mantids increases when they are hatched out and kept in confined environments with limited food sources. Please release immediately after hatching commences for best results.

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