Food other than fruit flies for othodera ministralis l1 nymphs

Mantisfinatic13

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I was wondering if there were any foods that i could feed my othodera ministralis l1 nymphs because i do not have any fruitflies availible. Would pinhead crickets or normal flies be ok?
Any help would be much much appreciate!
 

Almadabes

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Pinhead crickets yes.

By normal flies do you mean wild house flies?
I wouldn't use anything wild-caught but if you just mean a different species of feeder fly then sure.
 

Mantisfinatic13

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Thank you soo much!
i currently have 5 green gardens (wild caught) which i feed wild flies and they seem to do fine (probs coz their wild caught) but i was wondering if captive bred (gonna breed em) Mantids can eat wild flies.
Thanks for the reply!
 

Almadabes

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Thank you soo much!
i currently have 5 green gardens (wild caught) which i feed wild flies and they seem to do fine (probs coz their wild caught) but i was wondering if captive bred (gonna breed em) Mantids can eat wild flies.
Thanks for the reply!
No problem!

The reason I wouldn't use WC feeders is that - you never really know where they've been.
They could have eaten or come in contact with some pesticides or picked up a parasite from somewhere else.

I'm sure you're guys are doing great! but WC mantises are not immune to these risks either.
I would stop using WC prey all together, better safe than sorry. ;)
 

MrGhostMantis

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Pinhead crickets are a decently sized nono unless kept in pristine conditions. They often eat their dead friends and will harbor bacteria that mantids could very easily die to.
 
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