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EUROPEAN PRAYING MANTIS ~ MANTIS RELIGIOSA
This is is another uncommon mantis which is seldom seen. This is the official "Praying" mantis, thus the name Mantis Religiosa! This species grows to only about 2.5 inches long. Another excellent species for raising as a pet or a choice mantis for keeping in the classroom!
The color of a mantis 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. Colors for this species can be green, red, white and other strange colors.
A red European Mantis / Mantis Religiosa specimen!
A green European Mantis / Mantis Religiosa specimen....
An ivory to white European Mantis specimen!
THE LIFESPAN FOR THIS SPECIES IS ABOUT ONE YEAR!
This mantis ( Mantis Religiosa ) European Mantis is a small species which is very suitable for raising indoors. This small praying mantis species can also be raised in the containers offered on the Live Mantis Store page.
CARE PROVISIONS FOR THE STAGMOMANTIS CAROLINA MANTIS SPECIES :
1. This is one of the smallest praying mantis species'. The European Mantis 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..
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