Mantis Sale (shipping within the UK & Europe only)
Praying Mantis sale offers species that can be selected by clicking the thumbnails.
From this mantis sale section, you have options allowing you to buy Praying Mantis species, freshly laid fertile oothecas (Mantid eggs), live foods, and also a selection of other products related to insect keeping.
Apologies for the increase in postage charges, but with the colder weather upon us, i am now providing heat packs within every package containing mantids.
Please be aware that once you make an order from mantis sale, i shall always send you a confirmation email using one of the following email addresses: email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org – If my message doesn’t appear in your inbox then please ensure you check your junk folders for my reply 🙂 Thank you ~Mitch.
Once you are in the Mantis Sale section you can peruse the galleries of specific Mantis species. You can then also follow the links in order to view and/or purchase more of my photography at ‘Andrew Mitchell Photography‘ Unseen Universe website, Flickr, Facebook, and YouTube.
So you’ve decided that you want a Praying Mantis 🙂 That’s great! But which to choose?
Generally people want to go for the obvious beauties such as Idolomantis diabolica (Giant Devils Flower Mantis), or the equally stunning, yet more elequant flower species such as the much sought after Hymenopus coronatus (Orchid Mantis)
Well, that’s all well and good, but if you’re a ‘beginner’, and/or, you want to keep things simple, i always recommend a few ‘hardy’ species. One of the first that i recommend is Phyllocrania paradoxa (Ghost Mantis)
The mantises or Mantodea are an order of insects that contains over 2,400 species and about 430 genera in 15 families, by far the largest family being the Mantidae (“mantids”). Mantises are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. They have triangular heads with bulging eyes supported on flexible necks. Their elongated bodies may or may not have wings, but all have fore legs that are greatly enlarged and adapted for catching and gripping prey; their upright posture, while remaining stationary with fore arms folded, has led to the name praying mantises.
They are mostly ambush predators, but a few ground-dwelling species actively pursue their prey. They normally live for about a year; in cooler climates, the adults lay eggs in autumn, and die. The eggs overwinter, protected by their hard capsule, and hatch in the spring. Females sometimes practice sexual cannibalism, eating their mates after copulation, or occasionally decapitating the males just before or during mating.
The closest relatives of mantises are the termites and cockroaches (Blattodea), the three groups being included in the superorder Dictyoptera. Mantises are sometimes confused with stick insects (Phasmatodea), other elongated insects such as grasshoppers (Orthoptera), or other insects with raptorial fore legs such as mantisflies (Mantispidae).
Reference source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis