Advertisement Hello all keepers! I had a mantis that died a few months ago. I really liked keeping it and i think it is such a fun hobby. I thought that i'd maybe get a new mantis or other preferably easy to keep invertebrate. But there was one thing that i was king of struggling with when i had my mantis, and that was keeping a consistent source of food for him. I dont have any pet or reptile shops near me that sells crickets, mealworms or any other type of feeder insects. Instead i used to buy maggots from a fishing shop. But sometimes they could pupate without warning, and they were to big for the mantis when it was little and to small when it grew bigger. I could buy feeders from the internet but it wouldnt work in the long run as the shipping would cost way to much. So maybe i could buy some and try to start a smaller collony. So my question is, should i try to start a colony of some sort of feeder and if so, wich feeder species should i choose and how would i avoid it getting to big? Keep in mind i only want one mantis, there will not be a lot of consumtion. Or should i stick with the maggots? Thanks for any help!