I ordered some Chinese praying mantis egg cases from “We Got The Bug” they are a company located in Pennsylvania. So far I am very impressed, I ordered the oothecas on Sunday night and I had them on Wednesday. That was very quick and the box had a lot of great personal touches. There were several insect stickers on the box which I enjoyed.
I ordered 15 egg cases because last year my neighbors and friends were so amazed and impressed by the mantids that they begged me to get them some this year. The true test is if these are fertile. That we won’t know until later, but they sure look large and healthy. They also included instructions, a mesh hatching bag, and zip ties to attach your egg case to a bush.
I will be reaching out to the owner today to inquire about what other insects or species of praying mantises they other. I will also write an update on my hatching success rate. Thanks for reading and sign up to my newsletter.
The mantis oothecas that I bought from “We Got The Bugs” all hatched. I’m very impressed and will definitely be ordering again in the spring of 2018.
I will admit that I got a little anxious and hatched the majority of the ootheccas to early. We got some early warm weather this spring and I thought it was going to stay. I noticed other small insects hatching so I wasn’t concerned with my babies not finding food. Then we got 3 days of cold rain and wind and all my mantis nymphs just disappeared.
Luckily, I kept a few indoors and gave a couple of egg cases to friends at work. Below is the simple setup I use to hatch mantis egg cases.
When you hatch them at home you better have lots of wingless fruit flies because the praying mantis nymphs are born hungry.
This spring if your looking for mantids please let me know. I’m going to try to have 3 species available to buy this year.