This is not the common species of mantis! Most other mantids are not very suitable to raise indoors, this mantis species is another among the best for raising indoors although not as hearty as the California Mantis! A great mantis for those new to raising mantids indoors.
This is a female Carolina Mantis. She is a mottled or mixed color specimen. The color will depend paritally on genetic traits and partly on the enviroment (humidity and temp) as well as the color of the surroundings inside the mantis housing enclosure
Another mottled / mixed color mantis. This one is tan mixed with some dark brown and white spots. The color will vary. The mantids offered on the Live Mantis Store shopping page are raised in clear containers with black, tan and white colors inside the enclosure.
Here is a green female Carolina Mantis. Notice that the wings extend only half way down the abdomen of the female Carolina Mantis / Stagmomantis Carolina species.
A male Carolina Mantis. This one is black and green. The males are several colors, but usually are black winged with grey and green. Some have gold eyes, some have RED eyes! Notice that the males wings span the entire length of the abdomen. Males are very thin compared to the female mantis.
pair of mating Carolina Mantids. Male Carolina Mantids waste no time with a ritual mating dance, they flutter the wings a time or two and get straight to the task at hand. After an hour to a couple of days, the male will sneak away if the female is not very hungry.
It is best to feed the female very well prior to mating. The male usually never tries to harm the female, but it is best to also feed the male. Giving the female a feeder insect during the mating process is a good idea!
The male seems to be in a trance. The pheremones emitted by the female at maturity is used to attract the mate.
Females rarely fly. 14 days after the final molt (shed of the exoskeleton) the female is so swollen with eggs that she will avoid flying. Males fly frequently, males seem hyper compared to the female
The male survived. It is a myth that the female mantis always eats the male. It is also not illegal to kill a mantis (beleive it or not, some people are afraid of a mantis and will kill them, it SHOULD be illegal, but it is not) Mantids are VERY friendly to humans!
See more praying mantis images below the care instructions for praying mantis stagmomantis carolina.
THE LIFESPAN FOR THIS SPECIES IS ABOUT ONE YEAR!
This mantis (Stagmomantis Carolina) is another mantis species that is very suitable for raising indoors. This species can also be raised in the containers offered on the Live Mantis Store page.
The Carolina Praying Mantis grows to about 2.5-3 inches long. As mentioned above, the Stagmomantis Carolina will vary in color from a wonderful light green to tan or mottled mixed colors. Most males appear solid black when fully mature.
CARE PROVISIONS FOR THE STAGMOMANTIS CAROLINA MANTIS SPECIES :
1. This species grows smaller than the common T Sinensis species, they can be kept in the customized containers offered on the Live Mantis Store page. Larger containers create a problem when the feeder insects can hide, smaller containers cramp the mantis and may cause a mismolt. So the container instructions are to get one of the custom containers for this species of mantis.
2. Food : For the first 4 weeks the mantids will need USDA Approved Wingless Fruit Flies, later they will eat crickets or silkworms. While the mantis is a baby (L1 L2) they will eat only small insects. A combination of fruit flies and hatchling silkworms are an excellent diet for the baby mantids. After the mantis is too large for fruit flies there are silkworms that are appropriate for all stages of the life of the mantis. Crickets are ok to feed the mantis only for about the frist 8 days after the completion of a molt, the silkworms or other non biting non chewing insects only. Food is inexpensive and feeding requires very little effort on your part.
3. Water : A brand new never before used spray mist bottle will be needed. You should spray mist the lid of the container with 5 even mists once every 1 to 2 days. Do not keep the container absolutely wet! The Carolina species can tolerate a dry enviroment better than most species, so skipping a day between waterings is a good idea. The mantids get most of the water they need from eating insects, but indoors, water seems to be a must to keep the humidity right (at about 60%) A single layer of plain white paper towel should be placed on the floor of the container to prevent puddles of water. Never allow puddles as they will drown the feeder insects and possibly the mantis. The paper towel prevents puddles while the water drips through the poly fabric coated ventilated lid of a custom container, so be sure to add the paper towel to the floor of your mantis container..
MORE PRAYING MANTIS PICTURES ~ OTHER MANTIS SPECIES' IMAGES Some mantids look really strange as you will see!