What type of Praying Mantis is this? What does it eat?

fred1234

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I found this praying mantis in my garden on a basil plant.
I'm trying to figure out what type it is, and what food it eats because I want to keep it for a while before putting it back in the garden.
Any help?
I live in Lebanon, Mediterranean coast at 350m of altitude.
Thank you!:)
 

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basin79

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Not a clue what species it is but it'll eat anything it can over power. Crickets, meal worms, wax worms, moths, butterflies (although it seems a waste as they don't eat the wings in my experience) etc etc.
 

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I have no clue what species, maybe @Toxoderidae knows.
How long it can go without food depends on the species and how well it is fed, but a week would not be a problem. If you're having trouble finding food however, I would release it back to the wild so it can hunt for itself.
 

fred1234

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I have no clue what species, maybe @Toxoderidae knows.
How long it can go without food depends on the species and how well it is fed, but a week would not be a problem. If you're having trouble finding food however, I would release it back to the wild so it can hunt for itself.
Got it :D
I'm keeping it in a jar (with holes) for a while. Does the mantis feel stressed if it is kept in a jar?
 

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Anything you're keeping it in should be three times the height of the mantis tall, and two times the height of the mantis wide. Make sure it has ventilation, some mesh screen for example on top. Glass jar would nor be my first choice. Make sure ahe has sticks or screen to climb and molt. Spray the enclosure two or three times a week, but this is general care, your species may need more or less.
 

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Anything you're keeping it in should be three times the height of the mantis tall, and two times the height of the mantis wide. Make sure it has ventilation, some mesh screen for example on top. Glass jar would nor be my first choice. Make sure ahe has sticks or screen to climb and molt. Spray the enclosure two or three times a week, but this is general care, your species may need more or less.
My mantids drink almost daily.
 

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Honestly, I'm not sure what species I'm looking at. It almost looks like a rhombodera nymph, but those aren't native to your area.
 

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Honestly, I'm not sure what species I'm looking at. It almost looks like a rhombodera nymph, but those aren't native to your area.
that was my first guess as well. could it be they're introduced in Lebanon? Like T.sinensis in the US?
 
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