Praying Mantis

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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.

Packaged at Planet Natural and shipped as egg cases, Praying Mantis require up to ten 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.

Use 3 egg cases for small areas (under 5,000 square feet) and increase the amount accordingly for larger areas. Instructions for care and release are provided with each order.

Price includes First-Class Mail Shipping. Orders are shipped M-F as they are received. Please indicate at Checkout if delayed shipping is desired or give us a call at 1-888-349-0605.

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.

Note: Unless you can find a small newborn, it is difficult to tell if the egg cases actually hatched.

Planet Natural guarantees live, timely delivery of our beneficial insects.

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