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    • Hello, thanks for your interest.

      I’m afraid i don’t ship outside of the EU. Sorry about that.

      Regards,

      Mitch.

  1. hi do you have Hymenopus coronatus in stock ,and can they be sexed yet ?,i would like 2 pairs but would unsexed would be ok.how soon can you post.thanks

    • Hello, thanks for your interest. They are still currently only 2nd instar, so are a little tough to accurately sex. I can have a go, but i wouldn’t be able to guarantee sexed pairs i’m afraid.

      I post out the following day of the order.

      Regards,

      Mitch.

  2. Hiya, just ordered a couple of mantids, wondered how long delivery will be to make sure I am in, thank you 🙂

  3. Hi Mitch – I purchased two Ghost Mantids from you and they’re doing really great. They have molted twice and I’ve only had them 3 weeks !

    I’m intending to purchase from you an Orchid Mantis but I am away ’til a week on Sunday 23rd July.

    I’m worried in case they all sell so I was wondering if I buy one and obviously pay for it – could you delay sending it to me until Monday 24th July?

    I can’t find the delivery charges anywhere – could you please let me know what they are

    Many thanks Jenny

    • Hi Jenny, glad to hear the ghost mantids are doing well 🙂 Long may it continue!

      No problem regarding the Orchid…i’ll put one aside for you, then just order it when you’re ready 🙂 Postage is £6.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  4. Hi,
    Would I be able to keep the Cryptic Mantid nymphs in with some adults that I already have? I know they are communal, but not sure if that means you can keep different ages together?
    Thanks

    • Hi,

      I wouldn’t recommend it. To be honest, i don’t keep this species together, as i’ve found them to be quite aggressive towards each other sometimes (especially the females)…..so i don’t risk it any more.

      Mitch.

  5. Can you ship to Finland? When I’m in checkout it says
    “There are no shipping methods available. Please double check your address, or contact us if you need any help.”

    Finland is in Europe, but is it too far…?
    I really would like to order an orchid mantis >.<

  6. Hi Mitch,

    I’m interested in purchasing an African Boxer Mantis but there’s very little information online about them.

    Can you tell me what temperature/humidity they need and anything else I should know before purchasing one? (Also are they communal at all?)
    Thanks

    • Hi Nathaniel,

      Thanks for the interest 🙂 Yes, i can appreciate your struggle for information on this species. I had to go through a process of trial and error initially.

      So they are actually quite stable and hardy to keep once they’re out of the ‘danger zone’ of the early instars. The ones i’m selling are now 3rd/4th instar, so are pretty stable.

      They are still eating large fruit flies (D. hydei), and can do so until sub adult, then they like mainly flying prey such as green and blue bottles.

      Temperatures of 24-28C are nice for these, but they are also ok at 22-24C, and humidity around 60-70% is fine….but they can tolerate it a little drier too.

      Mitch.

    • Hello,

      I sent your mantis out yesterday, so you should have received it today.

      I just checked the tracking details for your package (GK600220201GB), and it says that an attempted delivery was made today. They have left a card, and it is waiting for collection at your local sorting office.

      Best wishes,

      Mitch.

  7. Hello, I am interested in buying a giant Asian Praying mantis from you. Is that possible, to choose gender, can you send me a male please?

  8. Hello Mitch,
    I have a question. My praying mantis seems to have hurts its front leg. I am not really sure what to do as I’m scared it won’t be able to catch food (it seems not to be interested in food, but that may be caused by moulting). Do you have any advice?

    • Hi, sorry to hear about your mantis 🙁 How is it now?

      Is it the front raptoral forelimb (grasping arm) that is damaged? When did it last moult? Was it fine before it moulted?

      Regards,

      Mitch.

      • I’ve gotten it very recently, so I’m not sure. It hasn’t moulted while with me yet. Its front limb seems to be completely fine now, though! It’s not interested in eating, but I’m pretty sure it’s about to moult. Thank you for the quick response!

        • Hi, ok that sounds good then 🙂 Let’s hope it’s ok.

          If it is refusing food, then there’s a good chance it is getting ready to moult…..don’t offer it any food for a day or two and keep the humidity levels up, and see what happens.

          Let me know how you get on, bets wishes.

          Mitch.

  9. Hello, I was wondering whether it would be possible for me to get a slightly larger giant asian mantis at maybe 3rd to 5th instar.

      • Great! What do I need to do to get one of these as there is only the option for 2nd instar? Also would it be possible to get a female?

        • Just make the order mate, i’ll make a note now to make sure you get an older female, no worries 🙂 You can have one for the same price, no problem.

          Mitch.

  10. HI Mitch,

    I just purchased a Giant Rainforest Mantis from you, but I forgot to check that it is a female!! The mantis is for a school display in the biology lab and I would be very grateful if you could send me a female.

    Cheers,

    Chris

    • Hi Chris, thanks for your order 🙂

      So this particular species is only 2nd instar, and so still very young and tiny. I wouldn’t like to promise that i could accurately sex one at this early stage.

      I’ll have a go, but they’re so jumpy at this early stage, i can’t promise anything.

      Regards,

      Mitch.

      • Hi Mitch,

        Many thanks for trying! I made a big mistake!! It’s half term next week, if you have not already sent the mantis, please could you send it to my billing address? My order ref is: 1204. No worries if you can’t, I’ll have to sort something out with the site team.

        Cheers,

        Chris

        • Hi Chris,

          I’m afraid i already send the little one out, sorry about that. It should be delivered today, so hopefully you should receive it while you’re there?

          Good luck,

          Mitch.

          • Hi Mitch,

            Thanks for getting back. Yes! By a stroke of luck, it turned up just before the end of the day. Looks a beauty, happy in her new home and eaten a meal.

            Thanks again,

            Chris

  11. Hello,
    I am a beginner pet carer and I am looking to buy my first mantis would like to but a giant Asian mantis nymph but I’m afraid they will go out of stock before I get everything set up for one what is your suggestion also any tips for care

    • Hi, don’t worry mate, i have plenty of this species…..so no need to rush in to it 🙂

      Here’s a few pointers to get you started:

      Habitat/enclosure for your Mantis to live in:
      So the general rule is that the height of the habitat/enclosure is 3x the length of the Mantis, and 2x its width. So let’s say your Mantis is around 3-4cm in length, then an enclosure with dimensions of 12-15cm high x 6-10cm wide x 6-10cm deep is perfect, or, for example; anything around half a pint to a pint in size, including 24-32oz Deli pots, or a cricket tub which is also great at this stage too. You don’t want anything too big as the Mantis won’t see the prey you put in there, and might starve.

      If the Mantis is not yet an adult, you need to make sure there is something for the Mantis to hang from in order to moult too. So either a mesh lid, or mesh at the top just under the lid, and/or horizontal twigs/sticks. These sticks/twigs need to be high enough for the moult to occur without the Mantis touching the bottom (hence the 3x body length rule).

      Temperature:
      Different species have varying requirements, environmental living conditions is just one of them and is reflected by their natural habitat. Some species live in damp forest areas, while others live in desserts or dry grasslands. Certain ‘beginner’ species like ones from the Hierodula genus (Giant Asian Mantids for example) or the Sphodromantis genus (Giant African Mantids etc) can tolerate a relatively wide temperature range (22-30C during the day, with a dip down to 19-21C in the evening). This means that providing the room you choose to keep them in is within this temperature range, then no external heat source is required.

      Humidity:
      Place substrate on the bottom of the enclosure. This substrate can be anything that will absorb water and that will not mould easily. For example: tissue paper, vermiculite, potting earth, shredded wood, pieces of bark or sand. The purpose of the substrate is to release water slowly, thus keeping the humidity in the tank a bit more constant.

      Feeding your Mantis:
      The food requirements of a Praying Mantis will vary depending on a number of factors, such as; development stage of the Mantis, sex, species, general health, size of prey and size of the Mantis. Also, adult males require much less food than females.

      For example, a young nymph will only be eating small fruit flies such as Drosophila melanogaster or Drosophila hydei, or if they are a particularly small species, then even smaller prey such as springtails may have to be considered. Young nymphs of certain larger species such as Idolomantis diabolica however, can take green bottle flies or house flies immediately after hatching from the ooth. These young nymphs are likely to require feeding every 2-3 days due to the fact that smaller prey have a lower nutritional content than larger prey items, also, young nymphs tend to be much more active and as such, require more energy.

      Older nymphs however, maybe 3rd-6th instar can be fed slightly larger prey (green/blue bottle flies, small hoppers and small roaches etc…), they are also much less active, this means that they can be fed fewer times a week, maybe every 3 -4 days. Larger and more mature Mantids such as sub adults or adults can be fed even larger prey and may only require feeding every 5-7days.

      Hope this helps 🙂

      Mitch.

  12. Hi
    I am looking at buying a sexed pair of spiny flower mantis and a sexed pair of orchid mantis. would this be possible ? These look ideal for my orchid terrarium 🙂
    Thanks
    Kieran

    • Hi Kieran,

      The Orchids should be ready to go next week sometime. I can definitely sex the Orchids at 2nd instar, as for the Spiny Flowers, i might struggle a little at such a young age….but i’ll see if i have any 3rd instar available yet, as i’ll be more confident sexing those.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  13. Excellent. If you can let me know when you can sort these and let me know what i owe you that would be great . If you want payment to hold them please let me know . Many thanks , Kieran

  14. Hi
    I’m looking to buy a Spiny flower mantis from you next week (Once it’s new home arrives). What would be the best fly to feed a l2 being such a small species?
    The place I get my live food from sales Drosophila hydeI, will they be ok?
    Cheers
    Andy

  15. Hi again, sorry but my other email is not working , could you reply to the one on this post about the sexed pairs. Thanks , Kieran

    • Hi Kieran,

      Sorry for the delay mate, i’ve been away for a while.

      I’m planning on having a look at those Spiny Flowers this weekend, so i’ll let you know soon. It was a sexed pair of Spiny’s, and a sexed pair of Orchids right?

      Cheers,
      Mitch.

        • Hi Kieran,

          So I’ve managed to sex you a pair of Spiny’s and a pair of Orchids mate.
          That’s £12 for the Spiny’s, and £16 for the Orchids. If you’re in the UK, then it’s another £6 for postage. Total = £34.

          Regards,

          Mitch.

    • Hi Kieran, sorry i was at a bug show all day yesterday.

      I’ve just updated the website… you can now order Orchids from here. So you can just order them all together from the site.

      Regards,

      Mitch.

  16. I ordered 4 mantis on the 7 november
    1 giant rainforest
    1 giant devil
    2 gaint shield mantis
    and i was windering if you could give 1 male and 1 female

    • Hi Dawid, I’ve sent you the extra shield mantis you wanted, so you have a male and a female. But as I said, you only paid for one. Please check your order and contact me please, thank you.

      Kind regards,
      Mitch.

  17. Hi Mitch!
    I decided to finally make my dream of having a pet mantis come true! I was wondering if you had any infos as to when you will get Ghost Mantis nymphs back? I am a total beginner and they look really nice. Do you sometimes have european mantis as well?
    Also, another shop owner told me Ghost Mantis can live together in the same enclosure without eating each other, is it true?

    Cheers,

    Zoe

    • Hi Zoe,

      Congratulations on your decision to have a mantis 🙂 You won’t regret it!

      I’m hoping to have a Ghost mantis ooth hatch in the next few weeks, so hopefully i’ll have some available in 4-6wks.

      Regarding keeping them communally, i know people say it’s ok…..but in my experience, it’s just not worth the risk. Sometimes females will just attack, and/or kill males for no ‘apparent’ reason.

      There’s always a risk, no matter how well fed they are.

      Regards,

      Mitch.

      • Oh, that’s great news! I’ll start setting up a nice enclosure then 🙂
        I might try to put them together at first, and if I notice a bit of agression I will put them in separate vivarium. Do they prefer flying insects?
        Can’t wait to finally adopt my first mantis!

  18. sorry but i dont know how to check the order, if possible could you screenshot it and send me a picture, and if you are right i will pay thr rest of the money

    thsnk

  19. are you sending me the message on my gmail? because i cannot see them

    also how long would it take for the mantis to come

  20. Hi there, looking to get an orchid mantis and just enquiring as to the temperature which this mantis should be kept at, I have found differing info online, also do you think a fully mesh cage is sufficient for housing? Thanks for your time!

    • Hi Jodie,

      Good choice on an Orchid mantis 🙂 They’re a joy to raise.
      However, they can be a little tricky to keep happy. So i recommend a temperature of around 24-28C during the day, and a dip down to 21-22C over night.
      They like it quite humid (70-80%), so i wouldn’t recommend a mesh enclosure, as that will cause problems when it comes to moulting, as it is hard to keep humidity levels up in a mesh environment.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  21. Hi Mitch,

    Is it usual for the rainforest mantis to lay flat on the floor of the tank? She did this last night and reappeared on the usual spot, on the roof, in the morning? Now she is on the floor again, laying with her legs spread out, but an ‘alert’ head on her.

    Tank is in a room at 21, and she has a heat mat and humidity. Feeding her fruit flies.

    Any advice appreciated,

    Cheers,

    Chris

    • Hi Chris,
      This species does have a habit of being a ground dweller at times, so nothing out of the ordinary there.
      However, your description of her legs spread out…..is she laying very flat to the ground? If so, that’s usually a sign that she’s trying to get as close to the heat source as possible. Sounds like she might be a bit cold.
      You say the room is 21C, what is the temperature of her enclosure? This species likes it around 24-28C really, a dip down to 21-22C is fine for the evening, but warmer during the day.
      Is she feeding ok?

      Regards,
      Mitch.

      • HI Mitch,

        Thanks for getting back.

        I think you are spot on. The internal temperature is around 21 and she has stopped feeding. She is bright enough, now sitting upright on a leaf, but she shows no interest in the fruit flies being offered.

        Think I will dig-out an old halogen desk lamp, put that over the tank and monitor the temperature.

        Thanks again,

        Chris

    • Hi Ben,

      Yes i received your order mate 🙂 As it was placed on Friday, i only sent it out this morning…..i don’t send mantids out on Fridays i’m afraid, in case they stuck at the Post Office over the weekend etc….

      I would expect your order to arrive sometime on Tuesday 🙂

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  22. I know one thing for certain, I want it/them to have black- not green eyes! A must when it comes to getting help deciding upon which type to adopt/purchase…

    • Hello, i’m afraid i don’t give out my phone number, sorry.

      I only discuss matters via the website, in message form. What type of mantis are you looking for please? Maybe look at what i have for sale on the website, and see which ones you like the look of? There are lots of images for each species if you click on the thumbnails and follow the links to each species 🙂

      regards,
      Mitch.

  23. I’m looking for both, the ones with the SMILEY FACE and the ones with the number 9. Either nymphs or juices, unsure which yet. .. along with the supplies you speak of in that first learning video. Cost for them?

  24. Hi,
    I’ve been doing some research (great site, thanks) and settled on Giant Asian Mantis as a starter for me and kids.
    Quick questions, how large are they when they arrive and therefore what is the best food to start with (do you sell it too)? I suspect this species might be beyond fruit flies by I2/I3?

    Note, I tried to Register on your site and never received the email to activate. I checked Junk.
    Thanks

    • Hi Dale, thanks for your kind words 🙂

      Congratulations on your choice of new pet, i’m sure the family are going to get a lot of pleasure from the experience.

      So i have a couple of options regarding size of this species. I have 2nd instar nymphs that are very young (~1-1.5cm in length). Or i have ones a little older (3rd/4th instar), and are ~2-3cm in length. The latter are a little more stable, and also will be ready to eat larger prey than fruit flies such as small hoppers, mealworms and crickets etc…also, they’ll eat larger flies such as green bottles and house flies.

      Sorry you didn’t get a follow up e mail after you had registered on the site. I will look at your registration, and set up a temporary password. Once i’ve done that i’ll email it to you, and you can login and change your details and password etc….

      Regards,

      Mitch.

      • Thanks for the reply.
        I’ll probably go for the larger, more robust and easier to feed then.
        This will be Xmas present, so was thinking of ordering to arrive a week before, is that going to work from your end?

        I’ve got the temp password so will set up today, thanks.

        • Hi, no problem 🙂 If the Royal Mail is operating, then so am i mate.

          Just place your order when you’re ready to receive. Obviously factor in Xmas postal delays etc…. I think Wednesday 20th December will be my last day for posting before Xmas.

          Regards,
          Mitch.

    • Hi,

      They come in a range of white and pink, all are generally a 50/50 mix of both colours at this early instar stage. As they get older, some go more pink, and other white….it really can’t be predicted at this stage i’m afraid.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  25. Hi mate,

    I’m about to buy some giant Asian nymphs of you. What food to you suggest I buy for these at this life stage?

    many thanks
    Neil

    • Hi Neil,

      These are still only 2nd/3rd instar, so they’re still eating large fruit flies (Drosophila hydei).
      They’ll be ok to eat these flies for another moult or two before you have to think about larger prey.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  26. Hi Mitch, I’m looking to buy my first mantis. I’ve done my research and feel that the giant asian would be a good choice for me as a beginner. Is it only the 2nd instar nymphs you have at present? Also how long do they normally take to ship? Cheers Mitch

    • Hi Stephen,

      Welcome to the hobby 🙂 You’ll be hooked in no time!

      So i actually have a variety sizes of this species. So you can have one a little older and larger if you prefer? Might be good to have one a little more stable, and also, the older they get, they slow down a little, so makes it easier to handle them etc… But it’s up to you 🙂

      I ship within 24hrs of ordering (unless it’s a Thursday, then i ship the following Monday). Usually you receive the next day, but sometimes it takes 2 days, just depends. But 99% of the time, it’s next day.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

    • Hello, thank you for your order 🙂

      I will be shipping out on Monday, via next day delivery, so i would expect it to arrive by 1pm on Tuesday.
      Kind regards,

      Mitch.

  27. Hiya, I’m looking to order more mantids from you this week, but on my day off I’m not going to be home and will be at my partners uni for the day, would you be okay with sending them without the living creatures sticker on the box? His uni doesn’t allow pets 😭

    • Hi, yes that’s fine 🙂

      Don’t worry, i don’t put anything on the box any more anyway. I just put the ‘fragile’ tape on the box now 🙂

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  28. Hey Mitch I am wondering if you ship to Slovenia, because there is no shipping methods avalible when I enter the adress.
    Thanks
    Jernej

    • Hi Jernej,

      I do usually ship overseas. But i’m afraid the last day to ship overseas before Xmas holidays was yesterday. It’s too late to ensure that you will receive them in the expected time now, and i don’t want to risk it, sorry about that.

      I will resume shipping overseas in the New Year now. Again, apologies mate.

      Kind regards,

      Mitch.

    • Hi, yeah sorry i mean overseas….as in, outside the UK. Apologies but the UK mail service is quite slow, i don’t want to risk them getting stuck over the weekend.

      Regards,

      Mitch.

  29. Hi,
    Just ordered a Giant Asian (order number 1402), but only I2’s available on the website order.
    I think you said you might have I3’s too, is that possible please?

    Thanks
    Dale

        • Hi, i already sent your mantis out first thing this morning.

          I assumed you wanted a slightly older mantis, but i didn’t have a 3rd instar one, so i sent you a 5th. I hope that’s ok? If you’re not happy with it, then please contact me.

          Kind regards,

          Mitch.

          • No problem Mitch.
            He/she turned up yesterday and moulted last night.
            Do they have have big jumps in size for the last 2 instars?

            Can I check what sort of size food I should be feeding now please?
            Mantid is about 3cm head to tip.

    • Hi Lisa, i’ve had issues with the site over the last 12hrs or so. Unfortunately, i wasn’t able to access the order details.

      I sent emails out to everyone last night who made orders, but you didn’t reply to my email requesting your delivery address, so i won’t be able to send your order until tomorrow now (Tuesday). I hope that’s ok?

      The delivery will be made on Wednesday now, before 1pm. I’m very sorry for any inconvenience.

      Kind regards,
      Mitch.

  30. What sex are the Ghost Mantis’ you have in stock? The leafy extension on their heads will be indented for males and straight for females as they usually can be sexed from a young age.

    • Hi George,

      Yes i have Ghosts in stock 🙂 Thanks for the tips, but you don’t need to worry, i can sex these very easily at 2nd instar, no problems 😉

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  31. Hi, I’m quite new to Mantis keeping and have no previous experience. I have a Exo Terra Nano (Tall) terrarium (30x20x20). Ideally I would like to keep a Ghost Mantis in it. I appreciate that this will be too large for a juvenile but would it be appropriate for an adult? Thanks for your help.

    • Hello,

      Although that size terra’ is still a little large for even an adult ghost mantis, you could put one in there yes. As long as you ensure that any prey in there is being spotted by the mantis, and it is feeding, then it will be fine.

      Regards,

      Mitch.

  32. Hi Mitch, thank you so much for the two orchid mantis and ghost mantis, they all arrived safe and are all doing very well, is there any chance next year ou might get the devil’s flower mantis in? I been looking everywhere for two of them

    many thanks an blessed be to you

    Traceyann xx

    • Hi Traceyann,

      You’re very welcome, i’m very pleased to hear they turned up safely, and that you are happy 😀

      I am expecting some more hatches of the Idolomantis very son (hopefully), so all being well, i should have more available in the new year 🙂

      Just keep checking the website for updates.

      regards,

      Mitch.

      • Hi Mith, I hope you had a lovely Christmas, thank you for letting me and messaging back, I am also interested in getting two more orchid mantis off you male and female, 4/5th instar, I get paid on the 4th of Jan, is there any way you could hold back a male and a female 4th/5th instar orchid mantis for me till the 4th?

        many thanks and blessed be to you

        love Traceyann xx

        • Hi Traceyan,

          Yes we had a lovely Xmas thank you (pretty quiet really), but nice 🙂 I hope you and yours did too.

          Don’t worry, i have plenty of Orchids coming through, both young nymphs, and the advertised 4th/5th instars, so there’ll be some available for when you are ready 🙂

          Kind regards,
          Mitch.

  33. Hi,
    I’m interested in buying a few more mantises, most likely orchids and spiny flowers but i’m concerned about maintaining temperature as it’s winter and my room isn’t very warm. At the moment I have an L5 giant rainforest mantis who is doing just fine at room temperature but would I need higher temperatures for these mantises or will they be ok? If I need higher temperatures, what would you recommend to achieve this?
    Thanks,
    Owen

    • Hi Owen, good to hear you voice concerns mate.

      So it depends what temperature range your room is (day and night)? Orchids usually like it around 24-28C, and a dip to 21-22C overnight. But they can tolerate it a bit cooler from time to time (22-24C), but they’ll just develop slower. If you think you’ll struggle to hit 23C+, then i recommend a heat mat. You can get these online (eBay), and i’d go for one around 7-10W. Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

      • Thanks for the response, going to get a heat mat just in case. I placed an order a couple of days ago, any idea when it should arrive so I can make sure I’m in to receive it?
        Thanks,
        Owen

        • Hi Owen,

          I’ll be sending out tomorrow (Tuesday 2nd), so you should expect delivery on Wednesday 3rd, before 1pm 🙂

          Regards,
          Mitch.

  34. Hi I placed a order the male orchid l4/l5 I just wanted to know how long roughly before it’s matured ?as I have a female which it due to molt in the next molt or two and want them mature around the same time

    • Hi,

      I think i sent you a 4th instar male. So i would expect him to moult 2 more times before he is adult. So approximately 4-6wks, depending on the conditions you keep him in of course.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  35. Hi I did leave a note on the order staying could it be shipped Wednesday as I would not be able to receive it till Thursday as it is being send to my work and it’s closed till Thursday so if you could could you send a 5th instar please.

    • Hello,

      I sent your male Orchid this morning, so you should expect him tomorrow (Thursday 4th), before 1pm. I sent you the oldest male i have, he has 2 more moults until adult.

      Kind regards,
      Mitch.

  36. Hi, I’m hopefully going to purchase a 2nd intar Orchid Mantis from you soon, as ideally I’d like to start with a smaller one and watch it grow. I’m just wondering if you usually know if it’s male or female before it’s sent out, or if they’re too young to tell until they’re a bit bigger? I’m more interested in a female, but will happily purchase an already sexed 4th or 5th intar if the 2nd are too small to tell. Thanks for your time 🙂

  37. Hi,

    I ordered an orchid mantis and giant Asian mantis earlier today, i was just wondering if it was possible that you could send a female orchid mantis? Regarding the giant Asian, male or female is fine.

    Thanks

  38. Hi Mitch, I’m interested in buying a Giant Asian Mantis but could do with some advice before I buy if poss?

    Cheers

    • Hi mate, i’m good thanks, hope you are too.

      I don’t have any adult male Orchids at the moment, only 4th/5th instars (pre sub adults).

      I can ask around though if you’re desperate, but to be honest, i’m not sure anyone i know has any.

      Regards,

      Mitch.

  39. Hi,

    Just bought a mantis form you, was wondering how long the turn around was? delivery estimation and all that.

    Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Chris,

      Thanks for the order 🙂 I’ll be sending out tomorrow via RMSD, so you should expect delivery on Wednesday by 1pm.

      I’ll send you a female no worries mate.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

        • Hi Chris,

          I’m glad to hear she turned up safely, and that you’re happy 🙂 I wish you all the best with her.

          Thanks for the kind words, much appreciated.

          I’ve recently just set up a reviews page on my website, if you are happy to, and you can find the time, i’d very much appreciate it if you could leave a short review, and rating score. No problem if not.
          You can find the reviews page here: http://theprayingmantis.co.uk/reviews/

          Thanks again,

          Regards,
          Mitch.

    • Hi Karl,

      I do ship to Norway yes. Where about’s are you located? And what is the temperature like at the moment?

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  40. Hi,

    I just ordered two Ghost nymphs from you; if possible, could they be a male and female pair? Also would it be possible to delay shipping so that they arrive on Friday 9th?

    Thanks,

    Eleanor

    • Hi Eleanor,

      Thanks for the order 🙂 Yes i can sex you a pair. And i can delay the shipping no problem, i’ll send them out on Thursday 8th for next day delivery.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  41. Hi I have ordered a giant Asian mantis from you. Could I please have a brightly coloured one as possible if possible. Also what size will it be as need to buy correct size food.
    Thank you

    • Hi, thanks for the order 🙂

      So this species isn’t exactly known for its bright colours. Because they’re still quite young, the blue/green colour hasn’t really started coming through vividly yet. I’ll pick out one that has the deepest colours though 🙂

      Regards,
      Mitch.

      • Thank you. How big will it be and would you be able to tell me what size crickets to get? I have a 5 litre enclosure will that be OK?

        • Hi,

          You probably have your answer by now, as i assume the little one already arrived 🙂

          It will be about an inch in length, and will take large fruit flies, and 1st hoppers and 1st/2nd stage crickets 🙂

          Best of luck.

          Kind regards,
          Mitch.

  42. Hello your spring flower mantis says it’s a sexed pair, do they always come in pairs and live together happily, or can they be sold individually? Thanks

    • Hi, yes at the moment i’m only selling them as sexed pairs. The main reason being that i only have limited numbers of them at the moment, and they’re getting older now, so i wanted to give people the opportunity to breed them.

      I wouldn’t advise keeping them together no, they will attack each other at this stage.

      I will have some more coming available in a month or so, hopefully. And they will be younger, and available in singles to buy 🙂

      Kind regards,
      Mitch.

      • Ok great, so if I kept them separately they’ll be fine? I don’t think I’m brave enough to breed them!
        Very interested in the pair though, do you have any which are more pink at the moment?
        Thanks!

        • Hi, yes kept separately they’ll be perfectly happy 🙂

          I can look to see what i have, hey are a variety of colours at the moment, some more pink/purple than others.

          Regards,
          Mitch.

          • Hi, ok great 🙂

            Just order from the website when you’re ready. I won’t be sending them until Monday now though, as i don’t send mantids out on Fridays, in case of weekend delays etc…

            Regards,
            Mitch.

  43. Hello!
    My question is two-fold. First: Do you ship to Sweden?
    Second: Do you, or will you have, any Hierodula Unimaculata or other blue coloured mantises of relatively easy care? I kept a giant asian mantis last year and I’m looking to try another this year, preferably a pretty blue boy. ^^

    • Hi,

      I do ship to Sweden yes.

      I don’t have any ‘blue’ mantids available just yet. All i have available you can see on the website 🙂

      I will have Hierodula sp ‘blue’ coming available in 3-4 months.

      Regards,

      Mitch.

      • Hi again!

        Ooo, lovely! About what stage/size would they be in if I ordered one then? Also what’s their care like? Temperature/Humidity and such?

        With regards,
        Seleuf

  44. Hey Mitch!

    I have left a review for you already but I also wanted to leave a comment on this part too for you 🙂

    I did have a bit of a hiccup with my Post Man not knocking on the door properly and missing him, this ended up meaning the Orchid Mantises did go to the Sorting Office where I couldn’t pick them up until the next day. I did get a little worried about them because I thought that it would be freezing in there for them and I was panicking that they wouldn’t make it. After getting them this morning they were all fine, this was because of how well you packed them and with the provided heat pack as well kept them warm through the night so they were all good!!

    I also want to thank you for the free Ghost Mantis you sent over too, that was a really nice surprise, it’s like you knew that they were my favorite species, I already have 3 little L4 Ghosties in my collection already, but this makes a nice addtion too. I did panick a little again after noticing you sent this little guy that I didn’t have an extra enclosure as I only ordered 3 Deli-cups for the 3 Orchids I ordered, but you thought ahead and provided an additional Deli-cup for the little one. So thank you once again for everything!!!

    I will definitely look into buying more species from you when it comes to extended my collection!! 🙂

    Regards,
    Daniel 🙂

    • Hi Daniel,

      I’m really pleased to hear that they arrived ok, and were fine, even though they were held up for another night at the sorting office, great 🙂

      And you’re welcome for the Ghost and Deli container, i’m glad to hear it’ll fit right in 🙂

      Thanks very much for your kind words, and generous review….it’s much appreciated. I wish you the very best with them.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  45. Hi Mitch,

    I was just wondering what your packaging says that you ship out with? I’m wanting to have the package delivered to work however I’m just a bit wary about what might freak them out written on the box!

    Thanks
    Megan

    • Hi Megan, thanks for the order 🙂

      Don’t worry, i don’t put anything on the package that indicates what is inside. The box just has some ‘fragile’ tape around the side, and that’s it.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  46. Hello!
    I’m planning to order a Giant Asian from you. I live in Estonia and it’s really cold currently. Will you add heatpacks if needed?
    Thanks
    Margo

    • Hi Margo,

      What’s the temperatures like where you are? Heat packs are ok, but often, by the time they reach their destination, they have already stopped producing heat, so are useless after 3 days.

      So it depends on how cold it is where you are? And also, what type of shipping you want? You can have 2-3 day courier, but it’s not cheap.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

      • Next week we can have up to -15 Celsius during daytime. I’m definently taking the express courier.
        How bad does this temperature look?

        Margo

        • Hello,

          I’m afraid -15C is just too cold, even with styrofoam packing, heat packs, and express couriers…..It’s just not worth the risk for the health of the mantids…..young nymphs are just too vulnerable to those kinds of conditions. So sorry, maybe when the weather improves you can order then?

          Kind regards,
          Mitch.

  47. Hi,

    I need a couple of juvenile Conehead Mantis (empusa pennata). Are you able to provide and send it in Italy ?

    Thanks in advance

    Fabrizio

    • Hi Fabrizio, i don’t have any Empusa available just now, sorry about that….mine are currently only just coming out of diapause for the winter.

      Kind regards,

      Mitch.

    • Hi Conner,

      Hopefully i’ll be posting out on Monday again, as i think the weather will be getting better by then 🙂

      Regards,
      Mitch.

          • Hello Sándor, that’s great news 🙂 I’m very happy to hear that.

            I can’t believe they got there within 1-2 days! Wow, that was quick….it was because the courier arrived first thing in the morning.

            The courier hasn’t arrived for your new order yet, so i would expect this order to take a little longer.

            Regards,

            Mitch.

    • Hi,

      Spiny’s are a medium level mantis i think. Main reason i say that s that they can be really fussy eaters. Generally they prefer flies, so at this young stage they are feeding on large fruit flies (Drosophila hydei).

      They like it quite warm at 24-28C, but can tolerate a dip down to 22C, but they are most comfortable warmer. A temperature of 20-21C overnight is fine. Humidity around 50-60% is good too.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  48. Hi Mitch

    I bought mantis from you before and I was very happy with the excellent service. I would like to purchase more of the Giant Asian Mantis. When will you have them back in stock.

    Many thanks
    Mark

    • Hi Mark,

      Glad to hear all is going well with your previous purchases, and that you’re happy 🙂

      I’m just waiting on a new hatch, so hopefully i’ll have some more fresh young ones available in April mate.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

      • Hi Mitch

        Thanks for letting me know. Yes very happy with them.
        Please can you drop me an email when they are ready as I would like to get another 3.

        Many thanks and all the best
        Mark

  49. Hello

    If I order an alien mantis and the starter kit today could Saturday delivery be guaranteed?
    I am normally at work in the week when the postman arrives.

    Bests
    Nicola

    • Hi Nicola, The only way i can guarantee Saturday delivery is to pay extra for RMSD (Special Delivery), but for a Saturday delivery, that costs £12 i’m afraid….i know it’s a lot, but that’s what Royal Mail charges 🙁

      I noticed you already ordered the starter kit, and a sub adult male Orchid….is this the order you want delaying?

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  50. Hi Mitch, not sure if this is still an active website but I am looking to buy 2 male devil mantis for my females, email is enclosed and I’m UK based, hope to hear from you soon.

    • Hi,

      Yes the website is very much active mate 🙂 But unfortunately i don’t have any Idolomantis available at the moment, currently waiting on fresh hatches.

      Sorry i can’t be of any help just now….good luck though.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  51. Hi, I just placed 2 orders, and should have actually placed them both at the same time, I included next day signed and tracked for the second order, could you please send both orders next day signed and tracked please, my mistake in haste, if the cost is any more please contact me as soon as possible so I can send any any extra for postage, thanks in advance.

    • Hi Steven,

      NO problem at all mate. I’ll send them all together vis RMSD…..it’ll be the same as a single postage charge for special delivery (£8).

      So i can either give you a £6 refund for the other postage you paid, or i can send you an extra Orchid male? I don’t mind either way.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  52. Hey Mike!

    I was wondering if it was possible to pick a gender for the Peruvian Keaf Mantis? Also, do you think that species is suitable for a beginner? They’re gorgeous but I want to make sure I can keep them healthy and happy as possible!

    Thank you 🙂

    Zoe

    • Hi Zoe, no worries about the name ha ha….

      I think the Peruvian Leaf Mantis is relatively easy if i’m honest. They like things a little more humid than the norm’, but not so much that you have to over water them etc….just make sure the substrate is generally damp, (not water-logged), and they’re fine.

      Sexing is tricky at the moment, as they’re still quite young, and they don’t have the usual easy way of sexing like many other species, so i wouldn’t be too confident until they moult again. I’ll have a look though, some have already started to moult to 3rd instar, so i’ll see if i can sex them yet.

      Mitch.

      • Oh great! Can you keep me updated? “Worse” case scenario I’ll get two nymphs and see how it goes, females look more impressive but the males are quite cute as well 🙂

        Thank you!
        Zoe

  53. Hi mitch have just ordered Hymenopus coronatus (Orchid Mantis) (SEXED PAIR) (2nd instar MALE & 3rd instar FEMALE) but forgot to order a couple of deli tubs how do I add them to my order

  54. Hi,
    Is there a specific time to order by to get a delivery guaranteed next day? I purchased a Hymenopus coronatus yesterday at around 2pm with RMSD and was wondering if it would come today? I didn’t get an email about it being dispatched so do I have to wait for that?
    Thank you,
    Ahra

    • Hello,

      Generally, orders that are made, are dispatched the following day……but it just depends, if i am able to send out the same day, then i do. Unfortunately, i wasn’t able to do so yesterday.

      I sent out your mantis this morning 🙂 So you should receive it by 1pm tomorrow…..i hope that’s ok?

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  55. Hi

    My gf and myself are thinking about having a go at rearing our first batch of orchid mantis. We have had a variety of different mantids over the last few years. I’ve been given your details from one of the staff at our exotics pet shop as you are highly recommended! Can you sell a sexed pair of orchids … what age would they mate from? And where to start in terms of pairing….

    Regards Chris

    • Hi Chris, sorry for the delayed response.

      Yes i can sort you out with a sexed pair, no problem 🙂 I actually have them listed on the website. I can sell you males of any age, and females up to the age of 5th instar.

      I’d recommend getting a female that is 2 instars higher than the male…..you’ll see in my listing that i sell pairs that have younger males than females, due to the high sexual dimorphism you get with this species.

      Feel free to message me with any further questions etc….

      Kind regards,
      Mitch.

  56. Hi there,

    I ordered my first insta devil flower mantis on the 15th April. I was wondering when it will arrive as the post man has been and gone today? Or whether it’s possible to get tracking details via email?
    Thanks!

    • Hello,

      Your order was sent yesterday morning. But as you chose the 1st class option, then i can’t guarantee next day delivery im afraid….so there’s a chance it will be Wednesday now, sorry about that.

      Your tracking number is: GK600222834GB

      Your mantis is very well packaged, and was fed for the journey, so it’ll be perfectly fine in the sorting office another night 🙂

      Kind regards,
      Mitch.

    • Ignore the last comment mitch ordered the devils flower mantis anyway and I remembered to order a tub this time mate

  57. Hello

    I meant to order a deli cup at the same time as my mantis – can I paypal you the £1.00 so it can be shipped at the same time? #8385

    Thanks
    Megan

    • Hi Megan,

      That’s fine. I’ll throw the Deli cup in for free no problem 🙂

      You can send me your alternative address via my email address for privacy purposes @ andrew_mitchell44@hotmail.com

      Only issue is that i can send it today, but there won’t be a guarantee that it will arrive tomorrow, as guaranteed delivery for Saturday is actually £11.70.

      However, if i send it today, then even if you don’t get it on Saturday, you should get it on Monday…..will that be ok?

      Regards,
      Mitch.

      • Hi Mitch,

        Can I pay the extra for guaranteed Saturday?

        Otherwise I’ll change address as this is what I thought may happen and I wanted to make sure the mantis could be delivered safely to my work address (only issue is that it can’t be delivered on a Saturday then so would have to ask you to delay sending until Monday!)

        • Hi, yes that’s fine 🙂

          Can you just confirm the address now, as i have to go out to the Post Office in 5mins, as i pick my son up from nursery then too 😀

          We can deal with the extra postage payment later if that’s ok?

          Mitch.

          • The address for Saturday is the one I have put on my initial order. Sorry to make this harder!

            I’ll keep checking this page for an update on how I can pay the extra postage.

            Thank you so much for your help.

          • That’s fine, it’s all ready to go, i just wanted to double check the address 😀

            It’s no bother at all 🙂

            Mitch.

  58. Hello, do you ship to Finland? If so, how are the mantises packed so that they won’ get cold? It is still a bit chilly here 🙂 Ty!

    • Hello,

      I can ship to Finland yes. What are the temperatures like at your location (day and night) please?

      Regards,
      Mitch.

      • Hi,

        thanks for your reply 🙂 At the moment it can change much. At night it can still be near 0 celsius (at lowest but usually +2-5 celcius). At daytime it can be +10 celcius (at highest). It is getting warmer.

        • Hello,

          So it’s a little chilly, but not too bad.

          I can pack your order in a box that is lined with a wall of polystyrene, and add a long lasting heat pack.

          But i would advise choosing one of the express courier services (2-4 days) etc….otherwise it will take too long to reach you, which isn’t a problem, unless it is very cold. But of course, the express courier services are more expensive.

          Regards,
          Mitch.

  59. Hey I was considering ordering a Giant Asian mantis. I just wanted to check what the shiping price would be for across the pond to Dublin 🙂 great site btw seems to very active and full of advice

    • Hi, thank you for the compliment 🙂 It’s been a slow progression, developing the site, but i’m getting there!

      There are a few shipping options when you checkout…..the cheapest is £14 (Standard International), that costs £14 and takes 5-7 days (usually 5 days to Dublin), but i only send out on Mondays using this option. Then there are more expensive options for express couriers (£20 for 3-5 days, and £25 for 2-3 days.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  60. Hi Mitch

    I got my mantis first thing on Saturday – thank you so much.

    I don’t suppose you have any female orchids available? 2nd Instar? I can also sort out the extra postage at the same time.

    Thanks again.

    Megan

    • Hi Megan, glad to hear the little one arrived on time, and safely 🙂

      Yes i can sex you a female 2nd instar Orchid, no problem. Don’t worry about the extra postage from last time, it’s on me 🙂

      Just order a 2nd instar Orchid nymph from the site, and leave a note to remind me you want a female.

      Mitch.

  61. Hi there!

    Was looking to pick up some mantis’ as I’ve never had one before, and they seem pretty cool as pets!

    I saw online that Ghost mantis are good for beginners, and also that they are communal? Therefore wanted to ask if you would recommend keeping 2 together? And if so would you be able to sex them so you wouldn’t end up with lots of mantis’!

    Lastly, if I was to order a mantis, or 2, how long does it take to receive them (delivery would be to a work address, so I wouldn’t want them sat at a post depo or at work over the weekend!)

    Cheers!

    • Hello,

      Yes indeed, mantids are super cool as pets 😀 To be honest, i never really recommend keeping any species communally.

      I agree that Ghost mantids are more forgiving, and tolerant of one another, than many other species….but in my experience, there are occasions when accidents happen, even if well fed, sometimes one will attack another. So i feel like it’s just not worth it…..sorry, i know people don’t like to hear that, but i would hate myself if i just said yes, go for it, then you had one get killed by the other etc….

      I can sex them yes, no problem.

      Delivery options are next day guaranteed (RMSD), that is £8, or the cheaper option of 1st class (£6), but no guaranteed next day delivery.

      Hope that helps,

      Mitch.

      • Hi again Mitch,

        Cheers for the mantis; I received her well packaged and munching on a fly!

        Just wanted to about temperature for Ghost Mantis, as I’ve seen conflicting info. Are they okay being kept at room temperature, or would you recommend getting a small heat mat?

        Thanks and regards!

        • Hi,

          Glad to hear the little one arrived safely 🙂

          Additional heat depends on the ambient temperature of the room that you keep it in?

          Ghosts are quite happy at a wide range in temperatures, i keep mine at around 23-26C, and they’re perfectly happy at that. If your room is below 23C, then you might want to consider a heat mat to keep the little one more comfortable 🙂

          Mitch.

  62. Hi,

    I ordered from you yesterday and paid for next day delivery before 1pm. Will it arrive today as it’s Sunday?

    Thanks

    • Hi, thanks for the Order.

      I’m afraid there’s no Royal Mail post on Sundays. So because you made your order on Saturday, i won’t be sending your order out until Monday, for Tuesday delivery.

      I hope that’s ok?

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  63. Hi,

    I want to buy a giant asian mantis and an enclosure. Will any branch and plants be okay or do I need something specific? Can the nymph stay in your largest mesh cage or does it need something smaller until it is big enough?

    • Hi,

      Yes any branches or sticks are fine (fake or otherwise). If you decide to use real sticks etc, just give them a good wash and dry them out before using them.

      I would recommend keeping the mantis in a container that is approximately 3x the length of the mantis in length, and 2x the length of the mantis in width and depth. So when you first get it, you can actually use one of the Deli pots that i also sell, although it is a little larger, it will actually be ok with some substrate in the bottom etc…. This will suffice for it until it reaches sub adulthood, then you’ll need something larger for it to moult into adulthood etc…. Hope that helps 🙂

      Regards,

      Mitch.

  64. Hi Mitch
    Will you have a stand at the Leamington Spa BTS show on the 20th may this year.
    Or at any other shows this year ?
    Best Regards
    Paul

    • Hi Paul,

      I have a couple of tables at BTS yes mate. I’ll also be at the BES shows at Birmingham (July) and Newark (Dec), and also i’ll have tables at Doncaster (Sept & Nov).

      Come say hello if you’re at any of them 🙂

      Regards,
      Mitch

    • Hi,

      It depends when the order is placed…..if the order is placed before 12pm, then i usually always send out that day. If it is after 12pm, then there’s a chance i might not, but i always try to if possible.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  65. Hi, I have recently registered with yourselves and brought a mantis and a starter kit but I’ve tried logging in to see what was going on and it keeps telling me invalid password I’ve requested a new one but not received anything. also, could you tell me if you have sent my mantis

    • Hi,

      Sorry you’re having trouble logging in 🙁 I’ll send you a temporary password that you can use to login, and change your details.

      Regarding your order, it’s still ‘on-hold’ i’m afraid. This is because you paid by eCheque, so i’m still waiting for the money to clear before i can send out your order. Sorry about that. I noticed you made the order 6 days ago, so i would expect the cheque to clear any time soon, unless there’s a problem at your end? I checked my PayPal, and it just says that your payment is pending.

      Kind regards,
      Mitch.

  66. Hi, I just checked the tracking number and it says there is an exception. I am unsure what that means as I was supposed to receive it today.

    tracking: GE732266410GB
    order 8479

    • Hi,

      I checked the tracking details. It seems they want you to contact your local TNT courier service.

      There may be a problem with your address details or something. Can you check your inbox too please, i sent you a couple of emails earlier 🙂

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  67. Hi! I’m interested in buying an I. diabolica but I was just wondering if there are any risks because of the young age (1st instar)? What’s the surviving rate with mantids that small 😀 I live in Finland so are the risks on posting them larger when they are on the earlier instars or is there any difference at all?

    I’m also interested in Idolomorpha lateralis, could you tell me more about their preferred habitat, heat and humidity? Do they do well in a glass terrarium if there’s plenty of sticks etc. to climb on?

    Is there any other problem with bigger cages than the possibility that they don’t find their food? Or in other words can I put them in bigger boxes if I make sure that they eat? Sorry for the million questions, I just love mantids and want them to be happy 🙂

    • Hello,

      Idolomantis 1st instar nymphs are actually very stable and quite large. So providing you choose an express service (2-4 days), then they will be perfectly fine 🙂

      Idolomorpha are similar to Idolomantis, in that they prefer lower humidity levels (40-50%), and higher temperatures (25-28C in the early instars, then up to 28-30C in the higher instars). They prefer a mesh environment too, as they struggle to walk on glass/plastic, but are also quite cumbersome, so don’t climb sticks and branches too well either.

      As long as you give them flies, that are fast moving and active prey, they will always find prey…..providing the enclosure isn’t too large.

      Hope that helps 🙂

      Mitch.

  68. Hello. I received my giant asian 1 week ago and its doing great! I am looking forward to its first molt with me but i have no idea when it will happen. Its a 2nd instar. Do you know how often giants molt or if i should expect a molt soon? Thanks!

    • Hi,

      I’m glad to hear the little one arrived safely, and that you’re happy 🙂

      I can’t tell you when the first moult is due after you’ve received the mantis from me, as i find it difficult to keep track of all moultings over here.

      But i can say that these Giant Asians will usually moult every 10-14 days at this early stage. Then as they develop and mature, the time between moults will gradually increase.

      Hope that helps, best of luck 🙂

      Mitch.

      • Hi thanks for replying.

        I believe the mantis may be exhibiting signs of a molt. Well, i am not entirely sure as i am new to the hobby but it seems disinterested in flies and would rather hang around the top of its cup. It has been acting this way for 2 days now. Fingers crossed that all goes well. Thanks for your help!

  69. Hi there,

    I just wanted to say thank you very much for my beautiful little mantis. He or she arrived on time earlier this week and appeared well and perfectly packaged. I may contact you in the future for a little advice.

    Many thanks,

    Charlotte.

    • Hi Charlotte,

      I’m glad to hear the little one arrived safely, and that you’re happy 🙂

      You can contact me anytime, i’m always more than happy to offer any help or advice whenever i can.

      Best of luck,

      Mitch.

  70. Hi there, just giving a comment to see when my orchid mantis will be delivered I ordered it on a Saturday so not to sure when it would be posted.

    • Hi Glen,

      Your order was sent out first thing this morning mate. I see you ordered via 1st class, so you should get it delivered tomorrow (Tuesday), but no guarantee.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

        • Hi mitch

          Forgot to say in my first message, I left a note on my order asking if I was receiving a female or not just hoping you’d be able to let me know and also I ordered live feed from another website that hasn’t arrived yet hoping that will be with me tomorrow, will the be mantis be okay without food for another day? Not too sure the last time you would of them her/him.

          • Hi Glen,

            I don’t usually sex 2nd instar nymphs, sometimes i do….so if i have sexed it, there will be a little symbol on the lid, written in red marker pen…..this will signify sex. If there isn’t one, then it’s pot luck as to which you’ll get i’m afraid 🙂

            Don’t worry about feeding the little one for a few days, i always feed them well the night before i send them, and then i also add a few flies in the pot with them on the morning i post them out.

            Hope that helps,

            Regards,
            Mitch.

  71. I would like to buy a giant rainforest mantis, what point of life will it arrive at? also what food should i start it on when it arrives? Also how long will it take to arrive?

    • Hi,

      The Giant Rainforest Mantid’s are currently 2nd instar, so still very young. They are ~1cm in length, and feeding on large fruit flies (Drosophila hydei).

      If you choose the RMSD (Special Delivery) postage option, then it is guaranteed to arrive next day by 1pm, after i send it. Choosing 1st class usually means next day delivery from postage, but sometimes it can take 2 days.

      Hope that helps 🙂

      Regards,
      Mitch.

      • Thank you for that! Do they grow quickly? As I’ve read they grow up to 10cm, would you recommend waiting till they are bigger for me to purchase, for ease of looking after? Thank you again.

        • I have ordered quite a large home 25x25x35cm as I didn’t want to get one that was too small, if I get a small one does it need to be in a small container?

          • That will be way too large for a mantis of this age i’m afraid.

            I recommend keeping it in the pot that i send it in, just until it moults at least once, maybe twice. Then you can upgrade it to a container around 0.5-1litre. One of the Deli containers with fabric/mesh lids that i sell also on the website is ideal to keep them in until they get a little larger.

            Mitch.

        • No problem. They don’t grow any quicker than most other Hierodula species in my experience.

          They do grow relatively large yes (8-10cm in length).

          This species is quite hardy, and a relatively easy species to keep. But i’m happy to put one aside for you until it has moulted a few times if you prefer to have one a little older?

          Regards,
          Mitch.

          • Thank you! I’ve cancelled the order, so would a tub with 24x17x17 be more appropriate to move them too when they are older? I would be happy with a young one I think, as long as I could feed them what they need, fruit flies until they have moulted a few times? Then onto slightly bigger food? Many thanks, apologies for all the questions 🙂

  72. Hi I was hoping to buy your rain forest mantis and orchid mantis with starter kit viv for each, would this be ok? Do you sell live food? As I am not sure what size when or type to feed them. My house temp varies from 20c at night up to up 25/26c day time so I am thinking this is warm enough for them, mist every other day to keep good RH. Am I on the right lines

    • Hi Sarah,

      The starter kits are perfect for these mantids, up until they are adults 🙂

      I don’t usually sell live food, but it is something i’m planning to do in the near future. But for now, i could make you a culture as a one off 😀 Alternatively, there is a link to a reputable fly seller that i always recommend, on my home page. You will need large fruit flies (Drosophila hydei) at this stage.They will eat these flies for another couple of moults yet, so you don’t need to worry about upgrading them to any kind of larger prey for a while.

      The house temperatures sound perfect 🙂 And your plan regarding misting is spot on. The starter kits come with a substrate that i have made myself (a mixture of coco fibre, peat soil, and vermiculite (anti fungal)), so is perfect for holding moisture, to keep up humidity. Sounds like you have it all sorted.

      Kind regards,

      Mitch.

      • Thank you for your reply, how often would I feed them every other day,
        Also I am trying to get into my account to place the order but wont recognise the password so I have tried to reset it but but confused.

        • No problem 🙂

          They can be fed every 2-3 days (6-8 flies), or every 4-5 days (8-15 flies).

          Have you managed to access your account yet? If not, you can send me an email: andrew_mitchell44@hotmail.com

          I’ll send you a new temporary password you can use to login, and change your details etc…

          Regards,
          Mitch.

          • Hi just want to make sure I am in for my new arrivals I stay in tomorrow and Saturday number 8601 🙂

          • Hi Sarah,

            Your order was sent out this morning, so hopefully they will be with you tomorrow (Friday)….if not definitely by Saturday.

            Regards,
            Mitch.

  73. Hi Mitch,

    What food would you recommend for Hierodula Membranacea (2nd instar) and where can I purchase it from?.

    Regards,

    Chris.

    • Hi Chris,

      They are currently feeding on large fruit flies (Drosophila hydei). But t be honest, they’re older than advertised now, they’re actually 3rd/4th instar.

      So if you prefer, i can send an older one, that will be ready for larger prey such as mealworms and small hoppers (both can be purchased from your local pet shop – Pets at Home etc…).

      Regards,
      Mitch

  74. Hi Mitch,

    Apologies for the late reply, I trust you with which ever you have sent.

    I have flies readily available and I can get hoppers from Pets at home etc if needed.

    I have two sizes of homes ready for small or larger mantis.

    Thanks again,

    Chris.

    • No problem at all mate 🙂

      They will still take flies for another moult, so if you have flies, then that’ll be fine for now…. so no need to rush out and buy anything else just yet.

      Mitch.

  75. Hello Mitch!

    I was looking at your Orchid Mantids and noticed one or two pictures that look a bit blue-ish? Are blue morphs a thing for Orchid Mantids?

    Seleuf.

  76. I ordered a rainforest mantis from you yesterday and paid extra for next day by 1pm. They have not arrived, And I will be seeking some money back Mr Michel.

    • Hello, I’m sorry you’re not happy. The ‘Next Day Guaranteed’ is viable from when the order is sent out, not upon order.

      Your order didn’t come through until 16:11 yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately i am unable to get any order processed before the last post goes out (16:45) when the order comes in so late in the day.

      As such, your order was sent out first thing this morning, for delivery tomorrow by 1pm.

      If you are completely dissatisfied with the situation, then i’ll be happy to refund your postal charges. But i’m hoping you can appreciate how i was unable to send your mantis last night.

      Kind regards,

      Mitch.

      • Well then surely you have no right to say guaranteed next day delivery. How are people expected to know when they order. Not happy when I paid £8.00 for it mate.

        • I know, and you’re right. It’s something i’ve been meaning to make clearer on the site, but i just kept forgetting.
          I guess i have taken it for granted that people will realise that when it says ‘Next day Guaranteed’, that it just means from when i post it.

          I can only apologise again mate. And that i will reimburse you.

          Sorry again for any inconvenience…..it was never my intention to mislead anyone.

          Mitch.

    • Cheers mate, appreciate that.

      If anything, this has hastened me to clarify the postage details. I’ll be doing that tonight.

      Thanks again,
      Mitch.

  77. Hi,
    I was wondering what you are feeding your 3rd instar giant rainforest mantis with and would I be able to purchase that form you along with a mantis? And also are they shipped in a countaier that they can stay in for a while or would I need something to move them into on arrival? Thanks 🙂

    • Hi,

      They are currently feeding on large fruit flies (Drosophila hydei), I can supply you with a culture yes. I don’t have a listing for them yet, so if you purchase the mantis and also 3x Deli containers (total value of the containers is £3), that £3 will cover the cost of the flies. If you leave a note with your order, then that’ll remind me 🙂

      The mantis will come in a 4oz pot with mesh under the lid, so it will be perfectly fine in there for another moult.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  78. hi Mitch hope you are well. ive just received my alien head mantids thanks for an outstanding service. can i keep them at room temperature? ive read they should be kept 75-90f and i have a small heat mat and thermostat. your help would be much appreciated.
    kind tegards
    Ben

    • Hi Ben, glad to hear all is well, and you’re happy 🙂 Thanks for the kind words.

      I keep mine at the bug room ambient temperature of 24-28C, which they seem to thrive at….so i’d aim for that if you can…..probably quite simple at the moment, what with it being so hot.

      But if things start dropping below 23-24C, then a heat mat could be useful. A drop to around 20-22C overnight is perfectly fine, and actually, is healthy for them.

      Lots of ventilation too, much like Idolomantis, so i keep mine in a mesh pop up enclosure. I just give them a misting for a drink, once every 5-7 days, they seem to do just fine on that.

      Hope that helps 🙂

      Mitch.

    • Hi Joey, all good cheers mate, hope you are too.

      Yeah i have those, no problem. If you want to order one from the site, and leave a note for a female, i’ll sort you out 🙂

      Mitch.

      • Awesome, thanks very much. I’ll probably order one Wednesday, I would tomorrow, it’s just I’m out early Wednesday and wouldn’t want to miss it if it came early.

        • No problem mate 🙂

          And yes, they are super for being handled….one of the best! It’s why they’re so popular 🙂

          Mitch.

          • Hi mate,

            Not now, sorry. These are the last few from the previous generation. I am expecting new hatches in a few weeks.

            Mitch.

          • Hi Mitch, I just ordered one of the giant Asians. I did it on my phone so I don’t know if I left a note right, so just in case it didn’t go through, I just want to ask again if it’s cool to have a female :)!

          • Awesome, thanks ever so much. It’s likely to come tomorrow, correct?
            Thanks again

          • No problem.

            I sent her out today, and you selected 1st class….so hopefully you should receive her tomorrow (Thursday), but there’s no guarantee.

            Mitch.

          • Hi mate, she just arrived, shes stunning. Thanks. I was just wondering whether I should increase her enclosure size? Either to a slightly bigger deli cup or jar? Also, can I feed small dubia roaches? My fruit flies are currently maggots, but as I breed dubia, I have plenty of small ones. Thanks again

          • Hi mate, glad she arrived safely 🙂

            Yes you should definitely put her in a larger enclosure. Yes she can take roaches now, and locusts, mealworms, and larger flies, moths etc….she’ll pretty much anything now.

            And yes, she’s definitely a female, don’t worry. This species still appears to have extra segments on the tip of the abdomen, until around 6th instar anyway. Don’t worry, i know what i’m looking for 😉

            Mitch.

          • Many thanks Mitch. Hope I didn’t come across rude! Always so happy with your service, I’d like to leave a review if you can point me in the right direction. Chances are I’ll be ordering another Mantis soon from you.

  79. Hi Mitch, I seen you at the Birmingham show. You had a fantastic array of mantis there. I’m really pleased with my spiny flower mantis I brought.

    While there I noticed you had some jumping spiders. In think they was male. I was unsure about getting one at time. I was just wondering if you had any more?

    Many thanks Leah-Ann

    • Hi Leah-Ann, thank you 🙂

      Yes i still have a couple of male P. regius left of you’re interested? I don’t have them listed on the website, but we can sort it via email and PayPal if you like?

      Just send me an email @ andrew_mitchell44@hotmail.com

      Mitch.

  80. Hi Mitch, I just ordered a spiny flower mantis from you and forgot to request a female, is that possible please. Thank you 🙂

  81. Hi Mitch,

    I received my order very quickly well packaged and all inhabitants, 1 x f, 2 x m orchids (thanks for the bonus!) were in good health. I moved the female into her tank and today found her alive but legs in the air at bottom of viv. I assume its overheating, is there anything I can do to help her recover other than a light misting or is it unrecoverable?
    Thanks Jon

    • Hi Jon, sorry i only just spotted this message, i just replied to your more recent one though.

      So to hear about this issue mate, gutted 🙁 I think the heat is most likely to blame yes….i’ve had a few losses that i wouldn’t ordinarily have too.

      Best wishes, Mitch.

        • Hi, Do you sell food for the mantis as well? I was planning on ordering a Peruvian dead leaf mantis as well. Can this be shipped with it if possible?

          Thanks, Erik

      • Thanks Mitch! I’ve now gone probabpy too far adding various climate controls temp/humi/venti so I think I have it nailed! The two boys are fine and doing well.
        I’m after a L4 female if you have one available. In your experience can you push a L3 female whilst holding back L2 male to achieve a breeding pair?
        If you have one, what option do I select?
        Thanks again Mitch!

        • Glad to hear the males are doing well anyway mate, unfortunate (and surprising) that it’s the more mature female that died though.

          You can push a younger female, and hold back males yes. Only issue with that at the moment, is that it’s so hot, you’ll really struggle to cool the males down to a sufficient level to slow them down enough.

          Although you can feed them less, the temperature is a major factor in their development…..so i’m not sure you’d be able to pull it off if i’m honest.

          I have females from 2nd to 6th instar available. But they go up in price as you can imagine….females are quite sort after really, that’s why i usually only sell them as pairs.

          I’m happy to let you have one though mate. So i would ordinarily be selling 4th instar females for £20, and 5th instar for £25. If you decide to take one, then i’ll cover the postage, and throw in another male for free.

          Mitch.

  82. Hi I’m looking into getting a orchid mantis and wondered which sex would be best to get? What size tub would be best? Thanx

    • Hello,

      Typically, people tend to go for females,just because they live longer, and grow to be larger as adults. The positives for males, is that they keep their pink colouration all the way into adulthood. Whereas females will go white after about 5th instar, and stay that colour until adulthood generally (they go a little pink when due to moult, then go white again)…..these are generalisations, of course there are some that stay pink, but very few.

      I send them in 4oz pots, that they can stay in if you like, for at least a couple of moults. You can buy the 32oz Deli containers from me too, these make great basic enclosures for them.

      Hope that helps,

      Regards,
      Mitch.

          • Hi can you please confirm whether my order will be here today, I have just received an email saying “Order Complete” but my order was done before 2pm and paid for next day delivery. Thanks

          • Hi,

            Yes i sent it out yesterday, so you should receive it by 1pm today 🙂

            Sorry about the late confirmation email, i couldn’t access the ‘processing orders’ part of my website last night for one reason or another. So i only had the chance to mark your order as ‘processed’ today.

            Regards,
            Mitch.

  83. That seems extrodinarily generous of you Sir and I’ll snap that up before you change your mind! Also thanks for taking the time to answer my queries its very much appreciated.

    So, I’ll take a L4 female orchid please. Should i just order ‘single nympth’ amd you’ll work your magic?
    Thanks again.

    Jon

    • No problem mate. You had the sexed pair from me, and although it’s nobody’s fault that the female passed away, i still want to help out if i can, as i appreciate they’re not exactly cheap, and i want you to have a good experience.

      Ok, that’s fine. If you like, we can just take this to email, and you can pay me directly to PayPal if that’s ok? Just send me a message @ andrew_mitchell44@hotmail.com

      Mitch.

  84. Hi Mitch. I’m a bit confused about my giant Asian. The last couple of times I’ve held her she’s stopped moving completely, stuck her arms stiff, right out in front of her, only folded at the end, and just won’t move. She was just walking around on me quite happily, and then did it again. Do you know what this is / what’s going on? Thanks.

    • Hi Joey,

      This can be quite common if the mantis is unsure, or is startled at all. It’s a common defense mechanism to just stop dead, and not move at all for periods of time.

      Don’t worry mate, maybe she is picking up on your nervousness around her? Try to relax, and take your time with her…..you’ll get used to one another eventually.

      Mitch.

      • Awesome, thought this may have been the case as earlier that morning I accidentally knocked her with a leaf and she fell onto my leg. She seems completely fine now, I held her last night for ages and tweezer fed her a roach. She seems incredibly friendly!

  85. Hi Mitch, I’m not sure who you had to sacrifice to do it but they turned up about 16hrs later so it was worth it. Just wanted to drop by and say thank you so much for your patience, advise and service. I promise I’ll stop harassing you now……. That is, until the Ghosties fledge! 🧐

    • Hi mate, ha ha…mystical forces! 😀

      You’re most welcome mate, and it’s always a pleasure to help whenever i can.

      Best of luck, keep me updated, and never hesitate to contact me.

      Mitch.

  86. Hi Mitch,
    I just put an order in for 2 Giant Flower Devil Mantis. I just realised that I have chosen international shipping to Wales. Maybe you can sort this out, cheers.
    Mark

    • Hi Mark,

      No problem at all mate. Let me know if you want RMSD (next day guaranteed) for £8, or 1st class for £6, and i’ll refund the difference (or throw you an extra mantis in), i don’t mind either way.

      Mitch.

    • Hi Lee,

      I don’t usually sell females of that age, unless as a sexed pair. But i might have one i can let go.

      It’ll be £20 though if i have one. How’s that sound to you?

      Mitch.

  87. Hi Mitch,
    I live in London and am looking to get a juvenile ghost mantis.
    It’s probably me, but I can’t seem to find info on how long I’d be expecting for delivery if I use your website. Please can you advise me on this?
    I just need to make sure someone’s gonna be home to receive the package, but would be looking to get one asap.
    Great website by the way 🙂
    Many Thanks,
    Jake

    • Hi Jake, thanks for the interest…..and thank you for your kind words 🙂

      So delivery times depend on which service you pay for when you checkout.

      RMSD (next day delivery guaranteed) is £8, and 1st class is £6 (1-2 days).

      Just so you know, the next day guaranteed option is only for Mon-Thurs…..if you want guaranteed delivery on Saturday, it is £11.70.

      Hope that helps,

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  88. Hi Mitch

    looking to purchase my first mantis and have read great things about your site, which is why im here.

    Just wandering if the mini faunarium starter kit you supply is suitable for the giant type mantis adults or will i require something bigger? Also what would you recommend for a beginner?

    Thanks
    sean

    • Hi Sean, thanks for your interest, and kind words 🙂

      So you have already chosen the species i always recommend for a beginner, the Hierodula membranacea (Giant Asian Mantis) is perfect really.

      They’re hardy, can tolerate a wide range in environmental conditions, and are also very friendly and docile as adults, so great for showing off to your friends etc… 😀

      But I can also recommend the Rhombodera basalis (Giant Shield Mantis), or the smaller Phyllocrania paradoxa (Ghost Mantis)…..both are relatively simple, and good beginner species, so it’s a question of preference really.
      The mini faunarium starter kit is fine for these whilst they’re still small. It will be ok for it for 2-3 months, then it will need something larger.

      Hope that helps,
      Regards,
      Mitch.

  89. Hi.

    I purchased a Giant Asian from you about 2-3 months ago. It is now 7th instar. I understand that the time between moults increases as they grow, however, it has been 3 weeks since her last moult and is refusing food. She last ate 9 days ago and swats any food that approaches. Her enclosure provides adequate space (3x height 3x width). She is still excreting waste although the frequency in which she is doing so has reduced, only one stool since yesterday evening. I am at a loss and am worried i will wake up to a dead mantid soon.

    Thanks for reading.

    • Hi,

      Sorry for the delayed response, i’ve been away.

      I’m glad to hear that the moult has occured successfully 🙂 Congratulations on getting her to adult from a small nymph, is no mean feat, so great work!

      I was only going to reply and tell you not to worry, and that it sounded to me like a moult was immenent. These large species often refuse food for at least a week before the big final moult……sometimes it can be up to 2 weeks. Only thing you can do is keep the humidity up, and sit tight really. But obviously you did all the right things 🙂 Great!

      Kind regards,
      Mitch.

  90. Hi Mitch, Thanks for the response.

    I may go for one of each of the Asian and shield and 2 of the starter kits. Looking to purchase at the end of this month while i have some time off work.

    What size would you recommend after the 2-3 month stage, So i can purchase in advance.

    Thanks again.

    • Hi Sean, no problem mate.

      That’s fine, i have plenty, so just make the order when you’re good and ready mate.

      The Giant Asians will take several months to reach adulthood, so you’ve got plenty of time. However, you’ll need to be thinking about something larger than the faunarium once they’ve moulted about 4-5 times (10-12weeks).

      You can either splash out on a nice looking vivarium, or just go with a standard plastic container (like what you see in pound shops etc…). I’m planning on listing a range of other vivariums over the coming weeks, so you could hold on until then if you wanted? I have a variety available here, i h=just haven’t had the time to list them yet.

      Mitch.

      • Thanks Mitch

        When will the feeder bugs be available? I like to buy everything from the same place i buy my pets usualy (just something i have always done with my reptiles) 🙂

        I was thinking a couple of the small glass exo terror arboreal vivs?

        Any chance you could tell me what vivs you have that are not listed? Maybe you send a couple of adult suitable ones and we could arange payment through paypal?

        Sorry for being a pain i just worry a little when i get something im not familiar with.

        • Hi Sean,

          Sorry mate, been having a few issues with my contact page, only just managed to read this message.

          I can probably spare one of my fly cultures when you’re ready to order mate, i usually always have more than i need ha ha….

          Send me a message on andrew_mitchell44@hotmail.com and we can take it there…..I’m not sure when i’ll get the chance to list my vivs’, so I’ll send you a couple of images of the vivs’ i have available….see if you’re interested.

          Regards,
          Mitch.

  91. Hi Mitch.

    I just ordered a Shield mantis 2nd. I know it may be difficult to sex at this stage but is there any chance you could send a female? 😀 No worrys if this isnt possible right now.

    Thanks.

    • Hi Ant, thanks for the order 🙂

      I’ll have a go at sexing them, but it’s tough… they just don’t stand still long enough for me to look at their bums ha ha….You’ll see what i mean when you get yours!

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  92. Hi Mitch.

    The shield arrived safe and well packaged. I’d forgotten how small they can be 😮 Besides general care, any tips for this particular mantid?

    Thanks again for the speedy service!

    • Hi Ant,

      Glad to hear the little one arrived safely 🙂 Yes they’re pretty tiny at this stage ha ha….quick too!

      These are pretty hardy, so no need to worry too much. Temperatures around 22-26C is fine, and humidity around 60-80% (but don’t worry too much). Just try and keep the substrate moist, especially around the time a moult is due….should be fine 🙂

      Have fun, best of luck.

      Mitch.

  93. Hi,

    I was just wondering if I ordered a sexed pair of ghost mantises-would it be possible to get 2 different colours? ( I.e green and brown, orange and black etc.)

    • Hi Rosie,

      I’m afraid i only have the traditional dark brown Ghost mantids available. I wish i did have a variety of colour morphs available…..that would be awesome! 🙂

      Regarding the female Orchids….i can sell single females yes. What stage of development are you after? I can sell them up to 5th instar (they go up in price with every instar stage though).

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  94. Also wondering if it would be possible to buy a single female orchid mantis? Rather than a sexed pair or indeterminate gender.

  95. Sorry to message again, just saw you have some 3rd instar Giant Asians, can they be sexed this young? Do you have any females? I’d really like to order one. Thanks Mitch.

    • Hi Joey,

      Sorry for the delayed reply, i’ve been away a few days.
      So sorry to hear about your Giant Asian 🙁 From what you’ve said it is quite possible she was preparing to moult, and fell…..very sad my friend.

      Yes i have 3rd instar Giant Asians available. Unfortunately they are too small, and more importantly, too quick to sex just yet. They just won’t sit still long enough for me to get a proper look at them.

      I’ll most likely have them for another moult or two yet, as i have plenty available. So you could wait a moult or two, and contact me again in a couple of weeks, then i will most likely be able to sex a female for you.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

      • Hi Mitch, no worries mate. Thanks, the skin round her abdomen looked a little loose as well, hence why I thought that. One of those things unfortunately. Ok cool, I’ll keep an eye out. Are they sexable at 4th instar by chance? Thanks again.

        • Hi mate, no problem. Sorry again to hear about your Giant Asian.

          I may be able to sex at 4th…..give me a shout in a week or two when they’ve moulted again, and i’ll try for you 🙂

          Mitch.

  96. Hi I have ordered a few mantids from you and they are all getting on great, I was wondering if you have any details on the care for a ratrix sp like the temp, humidity and size they grow too I just cannot find it anywhere, thank you!

    • Hi, i’m glad to hear that you’re happy with everything, and that things are going well 🙂

      Raptrix can be a little tricky as they’re from Peru, so like a slightly higher level of humidity (75-85%). A nice substrate such as moss, or coco fibre is good for keeping this up. But they also like good ventilation, so this makes keeping humidity levels high a bit tricky. Temperatures are pretty standard at between 23-27C (daytime), and a dip to 21-23C overnight.

      They are currently still quite small (0.5-1cm), and so are still feeding on small fruit flies (D. melanogaster), but will probably tale larger D. hydei very soon (if not already). They will only grow to ~2cm in length (both males and females), with the males being more slender.

      Hope that helps 🙂

      Mitch.

  97. Hi mitch.

    What are the ideal living conditions for a Cone Head mantis? After a few google searches, i was still short of solid info. I cant seem to find much on these guys.

    You must get asked this sort of thing alot so apologies for the mundane question!

    Thanks

    • Hi mate, sorry for the delayed response….i’ve been having problems with the contact form.

      They like it dry, and lots of ventilation, so mesh enclosure is best. Quite warm (26-28C), but not a requirement.

      Mitch.

  98. hey can different types of mantis breed together (because you sell different ones) and also what do i put in their vivariums

    • Hi Jackson,

      Its not recommended to attempt a cross-species breeding….you will just end up with a dead and/or eaten male. Like most species, they don’t cross-breed, maybe species from the same genus can breed, but it’s best to keep species bloodlines pure.

      You can put a substrate at the bottom for humidity (coco earth, vermiculite are good for absorbing and holding moisture), or you can use good old kitchen roll 🙂
      Sticks and twigs are good for climbing and hanging from for moulting, along with a variety of foliage (real or fake plants etc). Then a mesh lid is good also.

      Hope that helps,
      Mitch.

  99. Hi, I’m going to be ordering for the first time in the coming week and was wondering if you could provide some information on delivery costs and how the mantids are actually packaged. Many thanks

    • Hi, i’m glad to hear you’re taking the plunge into the world of mantis keeping 🙂

      So delivery costs are an option during checkout, but for UK based deliveries, it is £8 for RMSD (next day guaranteed), or £6 for 1st class (1-2 days).

      The mantis is housed in a 4oz pot, this has a hole cut in the lid, and a sheet of mesh is placed under the lid when shut…..this provides good ventilation, and a surface for the mantis to cling to.

      The pot is then packed securely in a box, with packing peanuts and bubble wrap, and then sealed. I always feed the mantis before i pack it, and put flies in with it for the journey.

      I hope this helps,

      Mitch.

  100. Hey Mitch, hope you still look at these messages 🙂

    Just got into Mantis myself with a long standing experience in Tarantulas and other inverts and your site is one of the best for information, considering these guys are some of the most common kept inverts as pets it is horrendous tracking dwn specific information on a few of the species I keep. (Bush Tiger, Griffin and Budwing).

    I’d like to know of some other mantis that can be kept as life communal, I’ve seen information on Wandering Violins and how they live together but it is mentioned as one of the few. Do you know what the other few are as I’d love to continue my collection with a few groups.

    Big Love,

    Nath

    • Hi Nath,

      Welcome to the world of mantids 🙂 And thanks, the site is a work in progress (or lack of) ha ha… But yes, conflicting info’ on the web is a major problem as i’m sure you’re already well aware of.

      I never recommend keeping any mantis species communally mate really. Some are more forgiving of each other than others (Ghosts, Heterochaeta, Wandering violins etc), but unless you have loads, and can afford to lose a few, i never recommend it…..you’re always going to get casualties. But hey, it’s up to you mate 🙂

      Mitch.

      • I had a feeling that would be the reply, I still think I may try it. Same story with a lot of tarantulas unfortunately, those that do behave communally are few and far between with the only true communal being M. Balfouri and all the other species just tolerating each other.

        I know you said you haven’t dealt with keeping them communally but do you think it has something to do with chosen camouflage and the Mantids ability to distinguish them from the background and plants? I am just pot-shotting but it passed my mind.

        I will be expanding my collection very soon and love the variation you stock here and big thanks for the reply, I’ll do a little more research a choose a new species 🙂

        • Yeah it’s quite common for most predatory insects really…..but it’s up to you mate.

          I have tried communal living over the years, and although some are more tolerant than others, you always get casualties, no matter how much space and food you have in there.

          I think mantids are smart enough to be able to spot and/or sense that there are other mantids around, even with plenty of hidey holes and camouflage you have in there, but you never know 😀

          Mitch.

          • Hey man, sorry if you get a weird email about flagging a review I was browsing in work and it was a misclick big apologies.

          • Hi mate, no it’s fine.

            I’ve been getting the odd one or two span reviews lately, i’m on it.

            I appreciate you letting me know though, thank you 🙂

            Mitch.

  101. Hi mitch im interested in buying a devils flower mantis,do you have any in stock? An what info could you give me about keeping them? Haveing not kept mantis before

    • Hi,

      Yes i have them in stock (1st & 2nd instar).

      They like good ventilation, and low humidity (30-50%), so a mesh enclosure (pop-up cage), is best to keep them in…..also because the can’t climb glass or plastic too.

      They prefer flies as food. And temperatures of 24-28C are fine from 1st-5th instar, then they prefer things a little hotter (26-30C) as they get older.

      Hope that helps 🙂

      Mitch.

  102. Hi Mitch,

    I just ordered a 3rd/4th instar male orchid mantis (order number 9213) and I was just wondering if you would be able to send me a 3rd instar if possible?

    Thanks,
    Charlotte

    • Hi,

      Usually delivery takes between 5-8 days to Malta (if you choose standard international). I don’t usually have issues when shipping out for that time. Obviously sometimes things go wrong, but to be honest, it rarely happens….i pack them well, and feed them before i send them 🙂
      Mitch.

  103. Hi Mitch, i just ordered a Giant Asian from you. I left a note asking for a Female – but i also wanted to ask if i could maybe have a more green / greeny yellow one, if possible :).
    I look forward to receiving her.
    I also have a 20x20x30cm exo terra to put her in when she’s big enough, at which stage do you think it’d be ok to put her in?
    Also, it didn’t let me log in when ordering, so I had to just put in my details manually.
    Thanks.

    • Hi mate, no problem at all 🙂 She’s on her way!

      I would wait until she’s maybe 7th instar before you think about putting her in there, maybe even later.

      Mitch.

      • Thanks ever so much. I’ll let you know when she arrives. I wonder if I put my last one in too early and that’s why she passed when she fell. Thanks so much as always.

        • No problem mate 🙂

          It’s difficult to say what happened with your other one…..it may not have been anything you could have controlled. Sometimes they just die mate, sad, but true.

          Mitch.

          • Sorry, it sent half way through me typing for some reason. I meant to ask if she was too small / fast to handle at the minute? Thanks

          • Hi mate, glad she arrived ok 🙂

            Yes she’s only 4th instar, so still relatively small. You can handle her yes, she might be a bit quick and want to jump a little at this stage, but she’ll settle down soon enough.

            Good luck with her 🙂

            Mitch.

          • You mean move her from the small 4oz pot i sent her in? If so, then yes mate, she’s ready for something larger now…..a 32oz Deli pot will be fine for her now.

            Mitch.

          • Ok mate, thanks. I assumed I should move her, I still have all the jars I’ve used for all the mantids you’ve sent me in the past so can easily upsize when needed. Also she’s SUPER speedy, I don’t think I’ll attempt to hold her yet as as soon as I touch the jar she’s running around. Such an attitude!

      • Hi Glen,

        Sorry i missed your previous message mate.

        I don’t have any Cryptics available just yet. My next generation are still far from being ready to breed….will be a few months yet.

        I won’t be at Kempton no. Next shows for me are Doncaster (This Sunday, and November), and then i’ll be at Ollerton, Newark on the 3rd December.

        Regards,
        Mitch.

  104. Hi Mitch, can’t see your orchid mantis availability? Not sure if the mobile site isn’t displaying properly or just none in stock at the moment? If you do have orchids in could you let us know what development stages you have? Thank you!

    • Hi, Orchids are definitely listed.

      I had some issues with the site last night, maybe that had something to do with it.

      Hopefully things are ok now, if you want to have another go 🙂 Sorry about that.

      Regards,
      Mitch.

  105. Hey there Mitch,just received the mantis.Sadly the orchid did not survive .Just a quick question how many fruit flies should they consume normaly as nymphs and how regular should they be fed .

    • Hi Ben,

      So sorry to hear the Orchid didn’t make it 🙁 I’m actually surprised if i’m honest. The delivery took a little longer than expected, but still should have been ok.

      I thought i sent an extra one? Maybe i didn’t, sorry about that.

      At this stage you can give them several fruit flies every 3-4 days. Just keep an eye on the abdomen…..a flat abdomen means you need to feed more, a fat, round abdomen (swollen) means cut back a little. You should be aiming for a nice oval shape, that’s good 🙂

      Mitch.

  106. Hi Mitch, I was wondering if you have an orchid mantis available, I can’t see them on here anymore but if absolutely love one.

    • Hi, sorry i’m out at the moment.

      I’m currently waiting on ootheca hatches now….so hopefully I’ll have some available again in November 🙂

      Regards,
      Mitch.

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