The fascinating Praying Mantis (Tenodera aridifolia sinensis) gets its name from its motionless raised front legs, which it uses to hold its prey. A ferocious predator, it will attack just about any insect in its path, and unfortunately this includes other beneficial insects.
Shipped as egg cases, Praying Mantis require up to six weeks of warm temperatures to hatch. The tiny mantis force themselves through the narrow slits of the egg case and immediately disperse into the foliage. One case will yield approximately 50-200 nymphs.
Note: Unless you can find a small newborn, it is difficult to tell if the egg cases actually hatched.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
If immediate release is inconvenient you can keep the egg case(s) in the refrigerator for up to one week. DO NOT FREEZE. To release, simply tie each egg case to twigs or branches about three feet above the ground. Birds and rodents will feed on them, so placing them in a container with holes large enough for the mantis to escape — 1/4 to 1/2 inch diameter — will provide protection.
Use 3 egg cases for smaller areas (under 5,000 square feet) and increase the amount accordingly for larger areas.
Shipped Free (USPS – First-Class Mail)
We do everything we can to ensure safe arrival of your beneficial insects. To facilitate prompt arrival and avoid weekend holdovers during shipping, beneficial insect orders must be received by noon (MST) Wednesday to ship the following Monday or Tuesday. If multiple shipments or faster delivery is required, please call.
Orders placed during winter months will be shipped according to our 2013 Shipping Schedule, unless otherwise specified at checkout.
Please call us at (406) 582-0920 if you have questions concerning the shipping of our beneficial insects.
Planet Natural guarantees live, timely delivery of our beneficial insects. Instructions for care and release are provided with each order.