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Aquarius Keeper 09-28-2008 03:07 AM

Hatching Mantids?
Willow, I know you just did this with stick insects (I'm interested in trying that at some point too) -

my local Orchard store is selling mantid eggs (I don't know what kind, they might be GMOs for all I know) - and I was thinking about buying some and trying to hatch/rear them. (I have a spare 10g...)

Anybody have any experience in doing so?

willow 09-28-2008 03:30 AM

found this,i wonder if it will help you. :)

Aquarius Keeper 09-28-2008 08:20 PM

Thanks Willow - that link is very helpful.

Where did you get your stick insect eggs by the way? I'd love to try that at some point too...

willow 09-29-2008 02:40 AM

glad i could help.
i got the eggs from a lady on ebay,she sent them along with a care sheet.
they are super easy to hatch,and easy to maintain.

Aquarius Keeper 09-29-2008 08:08 PM

Oh, I didn't realize you were across the pond -- all the insect bug vendors are in the UK - do you think it might be illegal in the USA or something?

I might just have to content myself to mantids...

willow 09-30-2008 01:07 PM

yes England,sorry about that. :(
hmm i don't know what the laws are for you,otherwise
i would send you some,however the last thing i would want to
do,it cause trouble.
hopefully someone will help here that may have some answers.

willow 09-30-2008 01:32 PM

i found this on here,take a look. :) :)

FishFreak95 10-01-2008 06:56 PM

I have some experience with keeping mantids. I didn't do this when I bred my mantids, but its best to give the female prey than put the male mantis behind her. Gravel: just use the stuff you find outside and put 2 or 3 sticks and twigs. you should mist it every once and a while. I think it should take about 2 to 3 weeks or months(I cant remember :shake: ) to hatch. I would try Giant Asian Mantis (Hierodula membranacea) I think there the biggest species of mantid. I had stagomantises but thats because I found em outside so they are free. You should try I haven't bought a mantis from there but I heard its a good site for buying mantids. You can buy mantids or ooths

Aquarius Keeper 10-09-2008 01:03 AM

Thanks for the website address! It's a great site. I'm really most interested in raising them from hatching, and in particular I think the chinese mantis would be best, as they are huge but not illegal to release in the USA if I end up with a hundred of them and nobody to adopt them. Unfortunately it looks like the season has passed for hatching chinese matids, so I guess I'll plan on it for next year...

willow 10-10-2008 06:28 AM

i wish you luck,and if you can perhaps a photo diary :)

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