Hi, I’m looking for information on keeping a Praying Mantis. I have been doing some reading up back can’t really find any solid information relating to keeping them in the UK.
I know we would need to have some sort of thermostat controlled heater to keep the temperature stable but not sure where to get info on what type to use.
If possible could you email a care sheet or give any information that might help me out please
Hi David, thanks for your message.
I must apologise for not providing this kind of information as of yet. As you can see from the page here, i always fully intended to do so. Your message has now prompted me into prioritising the writing of some guided care sheets etc….
Basically the conditions required (temperature, humidity etc…) is dependent upon species you want to keep.
I will write up a generic care sheet to start with, just to provide basic care and requirements and then i will move on to writing up care sheets that are tailored more specifically to the Mantids i am currently selling and so on….
But for now, do you have a species in mind? I can mail you some specifics related to that species in the mean time if you like?
Thank you for the quick reply!
I am completely new to the world of keeping Praying Mantis and in my research I have read that the Asian Mantis & African Mantis are generally recommended as a starting place for newcomers due to their hardiness.
I personally like the green colouring of the giant Asian Mantis.
The offer of mailing me some information would be greatly appreciated!
As I mentioned in my previous message I’m finding it difficult to get information on keeping them in the UK. Most places say room temperature between around 18 – 30 degrees is optimal (depending on species) & spraying the habitat every 2nd day to keep up humidity levels, but with living in the UK I would imagine that it is advisable to have some sort of thermostat controlled heater mat as temperatures here (as you’ll know) mostly don’t stay around that range.
Thanks again! I appreciate you taking the time to inform me.
Hi David, no problem.
It’s nice that you have concerns and are keen to do the research before committing to taking on one of these amazing creatures. I agree that the large ‘green’ species tend to be a good starting point for a first Mantis for the reasons you stated.
I am currently working on a generic care sheet this weekend that although won’t be suitable for more ‘exotic’ species, will certainly be adequate for the more robust ‘beginner’ species. Keep an eye out for the post and if you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
Although they’re not advertised on here, I do actually have a species of African Praying Mantis available that is perfect for a beginner so if and when you are ready, just give me a shout.
Picked up a good sized glass tank today to start my terrarium.
I’ll get it set up & keep an eye on the temperature to see what it’s averaging then find out what sore of heat source would be ideal to use.
I’ll definetly contact you when I’m ready for a mantis if you still have any African mantids available.
Hi David, apologies for not replying sooner as i’ve been away on holiday for a while.
Great news that you’re getting sorted with the set-up 🙂 Yes i still have some….i already put one aside for you anyway so no worries…..just let me know when you’re ready.
Sorry i haven’t posted that generic care sheet either, just been so busy lately. I have written most of it out so i’ll be posting it by the end of the week.
Hi do you have any information on keeping and breeding Chinese boxer mantis please,there isn’t much information about keeping them Thankyou jo
Hi Joanne, sorry for the late response.
Yes there is very little regarding these little guys, but i’ve had them for a few generations now, so i can give you a few pointers based on my experiences.
So i found that they are quite happy at a standard type of temperature, between 23-26C is fine, no additional heat required if the room you keep them at is sufficiently warm. Humidity around 60-70% is fine, a light mist every couple of days is ok.
For food i think flying prey is best, so any type of flies, and also wax moths etc is good too.
For breeding i find the females quite accommodating, I have never had a loss of a male in the 3yrs i’ve had them. Obviously it’s good to make sure the female is well fed before hand, and i find having a couple of flies in there whilst you have them together is good to keep the female distracted. Increased humidity to around 80%, and a temperature increase up to 27-29C is good to get things going too (a bit of Barry White never hurt either :). So if you do get a pair together for breeding you will get a chance to observe some interesting mating behaviour by the male….lots of abdominal wagging and movement….it’s most amusing 🙂
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