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Looking at Mantid. Wondering what kind of care they need.

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by Socfroggy, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnobaron Active Member

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    Get a Ghost mantis. I spray mine every day around feeding time. Simple care!
     
  2. Socfroggy

    Socfroggy Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Are fruit flies capable of harming an L2 mantis And how often should I be misting?? I bought a Hierodula sp. Golden and I totally forgot how often the guy at the store told me to mist it... Not only that but I can't seem to find a lot of info on google. Was is reclassified recently or something?
     
  3. Nick H

    Nick H Arachnoknight Active Member

    No the fruit flies won't hurt your mantis. Mist it 2 or 3 times a week and it'll be fine.
     
  4. Socfroggy

    Socfroggy Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Is it okay to leave the ones it doesn't eat in the deli cup??
     
  5. GingerC

    GingerC Arachnopeon Active Member

    Mantids are a tad bit higher maintenance than some other invertebrates, but they're definitely not difficult at all. They don't bite (although I've heard some larger species can draw blood with their arms), they can be tamed to a fair extent, most species are not picky eaters, and they're generally easy to look after.

    You need to have an enclosure three times as tall as your mantis is long in order for it to molt properly. As for substrate, I'd be careful with paper towel- one of my nymphs managed to get trapped under the paper towels in the cage and his legs became bent oddly, and then he molted immediately after and died. :( This may have just been a freak accident, but it's definitely worth knowing about. Eco earth works just as well, but be careful about mold.

    Your nymphs will initially eat fruit flies, and since fruit flies are basically mantis junk food, it'll take it ages for it to molt. Once it gets big enough, you can move on to larger feeders. I feed my mantis a staple of mealworms, supplemented with crickets, moths, crane flies, and other bugs for variety. Be careful about wild caught insects, because they pose a significant risk of passing on parasites and pesticides to your mantis!

    Humidity requirements vary depending on species. No matter how hard I try, I just can't keep my mantis enclosure humid, so I mist lightly two or three times a day. The species I keep (Hierodula membranacea) is not very dependent on high humidity- at least, not in my experience- so my mantis is fine. The only other cage maintenance I do is cleaning it out every month. I dump the substrate and wash the decorations and walls, then put it back together again. Whole process takes ten minutes.

    Some species that are recommended for beginners are the Chinese, Carolina, giant Asian, giant African, budwing, and ghost mantids.
     
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  6. Nick H

    Nick H Arachnoknight Active Member

    Yes. I mean, I wouldn't pour a swarm of 50 fruit flies in a deli cup with your mantis (not cuz they'd hurt it directly, but would stress it out and maybe screw up a molt if they're climbing all over it while it's molting), but don't worry about a few uneaten extras. Your L2 will eat them soon enough.
     
  7. Socfroggy

    Socfroggy Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Thank you! I only put 6 in there yesterday and I only saw him eat one...Should I repeat tomorrow?
     
  8. Nick H

    Nick H Arachnoknight Active Member

    I wouldn't if there are still some in there. If they're all gone, sure why not. A good way to do it is to look at the abdomen. If it's big and fat, the mantis is well fed and there is no immediate need to feed. If the abdomen is flat, it's time to feed and keep feeding until that abdomen fattens up. It takes weeks for a mantis to starve, so it's not something to stress over as long as you stay fairly on top of it.
     
  9. Socfroggy

    Socfroggy Arachnosquire Active Member

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  10. Socfroggy

    Socfroggy Arachnosquire Active Member

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    ...is Hierodula Sp. Golden a raptor??

    Edit: Nevermind.
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017 at 2:44 AM
  11. Zuzu

    Zuzu Arachnopeon

    You prob can't find much info because Hierodula sp. Golden isn't giving you a specific species, only the genus (hierodula) and color variation. I'd ask whoever you got it from for the exact species.
     
  12. Socfroggy

    Socfroggy Arachnosquire Active Member

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    That explains it! Thank you.
     
  13. Socfroggy

    Socfroggy Arachnosquire Active Member

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    How often should I feed?? 2-3 times a week??
     
  14. Zuzu

    Zuzu Arachnopeon

    Some people feed based on how plump their abdomen looks; if it doesn't look plump then feed.

    I've been offering my L2 and L3 fruit flies every day.
     
  15. Socfroggy

    Socfroggy Arachnosquire Active Member

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    How many?? No mishaps from everyday feeding, I assume?
     
  16. Zuzu

    Zuzu Arachnopeon

    I give them as many as they will eat (I put them in a separate smaller container to feed).

    No mishaps yet, haha.
     
  17. Socfroggy

    Socfroggy Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Good to know! I've heard of feeding them when their abdomen is flat but I don't like the idea of waiting until they are basically starving to feed them.