just out of interest, what are mantids like to keep as pets, i find them
Incredibly fascinating but have never even seen a real one? i think il read up on them and prob get one from the link above but would be good to get some opinions?
I have bought all my Mantids from ebay the first time I bought just one it was an L2 African mantid nymph tiny little thing who is now a 3" mature female no problems at all.
The second lot I bought a few real cheap these were chinese mantids I sold some on and kept a couple they were tiny when I bought them they were L1 nymphs they have shed once since I got them, they were so small you could only feed them on fruit flys, you would be surprised to be honest how hardy little things they are not as delicate as a tiny spider sling.
They arrive in cups with net over the top which I have found is the best way to keep them until they are a bit older you have to keep them warm and spray them every couple of days and feed them every day they grow fast.
I real like my mantids they are fasinating, they are one of my favourite inverts I will always keep them, remember the chinese mantids grow to 5" so they are quite big they live about a year to 18 months.
in my oppinion they make great pets, ive kept snakes for ages but always fancied a mantis so i bought one a month or so ago,
the feeding habits are truely awe inspiring and more than make up for the lack of action the rest of the time, the way they turn their head to watch you as you move around near the tank is also cool,
i'll stick a few picks up of my marbled mantid tomorrow,
I got my first mantid not long ago. Its easy to care for. I keep mine in a tub with soil substrate at the bottom and lots of sticks and ivy for it to climb and hang from when its ready to moult, which it did a couple of days ago!
I feed it either small crickets or mini mealworms twice a week and lightly spray the leaves every day. She seems to be doing ok on this:smile::smile:
Tis a budwing mantis by the way
most females can fly although Gravid females cannot fly because of the added weight of developing eggs, and the females of some species have short, stubby wings that make flight impossible, mines definitly a female as she only has 6 segments making up her abdomen, males have more, 8 i believe