Praying Mantis

Now available to pre-order for 2020!

Mantis ootheca are seasonal: we ship them from March as quantities last: earlier is better. We do recommend pre-ordering your ootheca, as numbers are limited.

Please be aware that mantis ootheca are unpredictable, and can take anywhere from 2 days to 10 weeks to hatch! You will need to incorporate these statistics into your plan. 

Praying Mantis are amazing little predators, and perfect for backyard pest control or as an indoor observation and educational tool. You will receive your Mantis as an ootheca - an egg case - which contain anywhere from 50 to 400 eggs. We do not sell individual or adult mantis. As tiny babies, they are voracious and will need to eat almost every day: we recommend starting a colony of flightless fruit flies to supply your little critters with enough to eat (sold separately), unless you intend to put the ootheca outside directly. Adults are large (up to 10 cm), and green or brownish with papery wings. This species is approved for release across Canada, so when they are big enough you can let them go into your garden, where they will roam around and take care of certain pests. The pests they eat are relevent to body size, so please be aware you still need to encourage your native predators, such as spiders, wasps, and lady bugs.

These become ready for shipping in late February or early March, and we will ship until supplies run out. The longer you wait to hatch them, the less likely they are to hatch: so please request an early shipping date in Special Instructions.  If you are interested in having Mantis for your home, classroom, or garden, it is advisable to place your order in advance to ensure availability.