Breeding a Praying Mantis

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When breeding praying mantises, it's important to keep them well-fed, and this can be accomplished by providing crickets for food. Learn about the possibilities of female praying mantises dying after laying eggs with information from an entomologist in this free video on the praying mantis life cycle.

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I'm Mike Quinn and I have been an entomologist for 20 years and we are here at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and we are talking about how to breed praying mantises. Basically you want to keep them well fed and they feed on a wide variety of insects and one of the easiest insects to rear alongside the praying mantis to provide food for are crickets and a female can eat a dozen or more crickets a day when she is building up the egg sack and if you put a male in with a female you want to make sure they are both well fed. One might try to eat the other. When you are keeping them in a container, keep them in about a gallon sized containers a good size and that facilitates them finding their food in a container and just provide some foliage or even a plastic tree or something in there for them to roost on and so food and mating and you'll have female will lay multiple egg cases. Sometime she will die after laying one but that is part of the whole praying mantis breeding life cycle.

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