The Praying Mantis

Hello and welcome to The Praying Mantis!

Here you can find a wide variety of
Praying Mantis‘ species and ‘live foods in the
Mantis sale‘ section.

Information regarding species-specific Mantis care,                                                 rearing/breeding can be found
in the ‘Care sheets‘ section.

The ‘Photography‘ section will transport
you to my website/blog where most of my macro                                                          and nature photography can be found and purchased.

Hierodula majuscula (Giant Rainforest Mantis) Praying Mantis Sale

Mantis – They’re raptor-licking good!

Recent ootheca hatches 🙂

Hierodula sp ‘blue’

The mantises or Mantodea are an order of insects that contains over 2,400 species and about 430 genera in 15 families, by far the largest family being the Mantidae (“mantids”). Mantises are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. They have triangular heads with bulging eyes supported on flexible necks. Their elongated bodies may or may not have wings, but all have fore legs that are greatly enlarged and adapted for catching and gripping prey; their upright posture, while remaining stationary with fore arms folded, has led to the name praying mantises.

They are mostly ambush predators, but a few ground-dwelling species actively pursue their prey. They normally live for about a year; in cooler climates, the adults lay eggs in autumn, and die. The eggs overwinter, protected by their hard capsule, and hatch in the spring. Females sometimes practice sexual cannibalism, eating their mates after copulation, or occasionally decapitating the males just before or during mating.

The closest relatives of mantises are the termites and cockroaches (Blattodea), the three groups being included in the superorder Dictyoptera. Mantises are sometimes confused with stick insects (Phasmatodea), other elongated insects such as grasshoppers (Orthoptera), or other insects with raptorial fore legs such as mantisflies (Mantispidae).

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So you’ve decided that you want a Praying Mantis 🙂 That’s great! But which to choose?

To peruse available mantids for sale, see the Praying Mantids for Sale section.