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A subreddit for those looking for information, care tips, general advice on mantises. Discuss mantis and the mantiskeeping hobby. Share pictures, seek advice, trade, have a good time!

a community for mantis lovers, and owners to share pictures, articles, discuss breeding, trade nymphs and oothecas, DIY projects and everything inbetween this wonderful hobby!


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The Mantis

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota
  • Infraclass: Neoptera
  • Superorder: Dictyoptera
  • Order: Mantodea

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    Petsmart fruit fly cultures?

    Anyone in this forum buy cultures from petsmart? A year or 2 ago I kept an injured, wild Carolina mantis and I bought flightless fruit flies from Josh's frogs but it was way too many flies for 1 mantis and was expansive with the shipping. It lasted like a month or 2 though which was great. I recently noticed petsmart has cultures and I'm wondering if they will last as long even though they are smaller. I don't want to have to buy a new culture every week for 1 or 2 mantises. I also have an empty 18" cube exo terra that would be great for dart frogs.

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    2024/06/16
    03:16 UTC

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    My female ghost mantis became an adult this week and is refusing food…again.

    Her name is Leafy, she just molted into an adult this past week. I’ve been offering her food, but she’s just not into it. I feed her moths once my wax worms turn into them, but I feed her black soldier fly larvae when I don’t have any flying prey because she seems to refuse wax worms and enjoys black soldier fly larvae more (so I thought). Her abdomen looks flat and I feel bad, but I don’t know what else to do. I put her food in a little bowl I have, I try tong feeding her, but nothing. Any tips?

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    2024/06/15
    19:42 UTC

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    Back again with some concerns about liv

    So the tip of her abdomen is kinda brownish and she hangs very low even for premolt (atleast from what I have seen with her so far), her abdomen is pumping but doesn't get bigger as I am used to see when she is in pre molt. So yea bit worried not too much as she atleast deficated multiple times since my last post and there seems to be no constipation at all

    4 Comments
    2024/06/15
    14:47 UTC

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    Is my Praying mantis is dying?

    He’s moving his arms barely and he was very stiff when I found him. I’ve done eveything right I don’t know what happened?

    7 Comments
    2024/06/15
    14:04 UTC

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    I miss my little bonsai tiger

    I am not able to get another because I loved him so much and they live so Little

    The video Is about how i made mantis cookies and one of them had half an antennae just like him

    I have such beautiful memories

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    2024/06/15
    12:12 UTC

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    Gender?

    Freshly moulted btw.

    20 Comments
    2024/06/15
    11:03 UTC

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    (US) Liturgusa maya nymphs & ooths

    Hey! ive been working on captivating Liturgusa maya for about a year now. I have some to share!

    i2 $10
    presub $25
    ooth $50-70

    https://preview.redd.it/kh3khnohkp6d1.jpg?width=1242&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=b353f17b9aacb42068ca3839d028601f9c73f5f3

    0 Comments
    2024/06/15
    09:56 UTC

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    Is this unhealthy?

    Final moult for my rainforest mantis but I don’t know if it’s wings are healthy

    6 Comments
    2024/06/15
    07:57 UTC

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    AN UNFORTUNATE UPDATE

    Potentially triggering if animal death really pains you. Just kinda a rant because I'm a little heartbroken.

    So I posted yesterday about the mantis nymph I found at work and so happily brought home, unfortunately it found a bit of adhesive in the tank that I had missed and got stuck. In my effort to gently remove the mantis with a qtip and some water it's back legs pulled off and it wasn't able to get around anymore. I put it back in the cup I brought it home in and put him in the freezer. Rip Lucky, you were a fantastic and fun experience that made me really double down on owning a mantis and doing better.

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    2024/06/15
    01:59 UTC

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    False info... Liars... And trolls

    So I've been on this group for a while, posted a lot of my babies... Gave lots of advice ( to the best of my knowledge)... But recently been getting harassed, and called out for stating what I have seen with my own eyes, over the past 3 years I've been collecting / breeding etc...

    See if anyone has an issue with me... Not that most have... But if you don't like what I have to say, don't go making fake accounts to message me and berate me... I mean I actually got called a liar because someone didn't believe I could get a dragon ( stenophylla lobivertex) in my country, even though there's a magical thing called the Internet and shipping companies, that can deliver mantids from other countries, to my own... And there's proof dating back a year or so on this very page.

    Don't be toxic... Everyone has their own opinion, some good, some bad... But doesn't give the right to be a toxic little troll getting up in someone's business. Got no reason to bullshit anyone, nor risk the life of their pets with bad advice.

    Happy raising/breeding or whatever y'all do... Just don't be a prick, cause you've learned your info, the same way I have... Trial, error and research.

    20 Comments
    2024/06/15
    01:22 UTC

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    Is this iris oratoria? Near Phoenix, AZ

    1 Comment
    2024/06/14
    22:33 UTC

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    Mismoult

    My Chinese mantis, I believe 5th or 6th moult, had a bit of an issue. As you can see it’s hind leg is a bit of a dangler now. I think it moulted in the last hour or two, it’s shell was still soft. I can’t handle or feed it for a while. It looks healthy otherwise. It can move it a bit but it can’t use it to hang off the netting.

    Experts out there… do you think it will be able to moult if it can only hang by 3 legs?

    Also it seems like it would be better off without that leg hanging off it. Would it be absolutely insane to clip it off? For now I’m going to let it rest and harden. Thanks!

    2 Comments
    2024/06/14
    21:35 UTC

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    ✨️posie✨️ with another molt under her (his??) belt!

    2 Comments
    2024/06/14
    21:11 UTC

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    Is there any chance my mantis will survive a 3 day delivery?

    I ordered a Blue Flash Mantis on June 11th for next day air, and on the 12th it was delayed. Then on the 13th, UPS decided they couldn't find my address, so they said "delivery attempted". I called them and hour after, and I asked if they could attempt the delivery again tomorrow, and they agreed. Fast forward to this morning, they didn't even come, and then decided to say delivery attempted. There was no knock, no sticker on the door, nothing. They took it back to an access point for the second time. I'm currently at work worried sick about my mantis, and I'll leave to go pick it up in 30 minutes to an hour. Is there any chance it'll survive the 3 day journey? (It shipped out on the 12th) TL;DR: UPS didn't deliver my mantis for 3 days, and I'm worried it will be dead when I go to pick it up at the access point. Is there any chance of survival?

    1 Comment
    2024/06/14
    20:59 UTC

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    Mantis egg

    Will this mantis egg hatch? Will a praying mantis still be born in this egg?

    2 Comments
    2024/06/14
    20:26 UTC

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    HELP!!! Mantis just molted but mould grew in enclosure overnight

    Help my mantis (Silvanus) molted into L7 last night and I found mold infesting everything in their enclosure which spread overnight. I heard mold spores can quickly kill a mantis and I need to clean her enclosure but I don't want to disturb her hardening process. What can I do??? Should I get her out and clean her enclosure regardless of her only molting last night or should I wait? I've removed the moulded wood but the soil is still in there. I'm freaking out about this

    1 Comment
    2024/06/14
    20:03 UTC

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    Baby?

    4 Comments
    2024/06/14
    19:38 UTC

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    New babies!!

    I have two new Chinese mantis L2 nymphs. I have concerns with one, they don't seem to be using their raptoral (sorry prob misspell) arms. They can move them, but they're kinda of standing upside down at an angle, with only their legs holding them up. Molting or just being a goober?

    2 Comments
    2024/06/14
    19:36 UTC

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    Are her wings ok?

    She just molted today, like maybe about 10 min ago she came out of her molt, the wings look scrunched at the bottom, is that normal? Because she’s fresh? Will they expand? Or is she hurt? I didn’t see if she fell but it doesn’t look like she fell.

    1 Comment
    2024/06/14
    19:23 UTC

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    Mantis crawling like crazy

    Any1 know or ever seen a mantis crawling around like crazy and trying to get through the tiniest hole in on a mesh?

    1 Comment
    2024/06/14
    18:51 UTC

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