How to Take Care of a Praying Mantis

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When taking care of a praying mantis, it's helpful that praying mantises are not picky about what kind of insects they eat. Keep a praying mantis in a gallon-sized container with information from an entomologist in this free video on the praying mantis life cycle.

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I'm Mike Quinn. I've been a entomologist for twenty years and we're here at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas talking about how to take care of a praying mantis. Basically the fortunate thing is that are generalists in their selection of insect prey. So you can feed them a wide variety. But one of the easiest groups of insects to provide for them are crickets and they're easy to grow as well. And so you can give them as much as they'll eat. And a female when she's building up food for egg case production, she can eat a dozen or more crickets in a day. So it can be quite a lot of crickets on hand. But they don't need that many to generally sustain them through the normal part of the, their life cycle. And if you breed praying mantises, you want to make sure they're both well fed, lest one might try and eat the other. So just keep them in a small container about a gallon size. And that facilitates them finding the food. And if you have something in there like a plastic plant or something to, for them to roost on, that all helps them feel at home. And those are some tips on how to care for a praying mantis.

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