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Praying Mantid Egg Cases

Tenodera aridifolia

Praying Mantids are collected in the wild and are generally available after Late January.
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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 150 and 200 individual eggs.

Optimal Conditions: 75-80°F

Hatching requires at least 10 to 15 days of continuous warm weather but can take as long as 6 weeks to begin. 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.

Hatching will be complete within a few hours and the newly hatched mantids quickly disappear into the vegetation looking for food. Praying Mantids are well camouflaged and leave very little evidence of hatching.

Disclaimer: ARBICO Organics cannot guarantee hatch rates of praying mantid egg cases because they are collected in the wild during the early spring months. 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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