Subject:       Questions
Date:       Wed, September 12, 2012 3:51 pm

I helped my grandson catch what we assumed was a female mantis. After a few weeks
there were many more(assumed males) around the mesh cage. One male was so aggressive
he was swatting at me. LOL so I assumed she was ready to mate. I caught three more,
added them to the cage. Two days later; two of the additions were dead and the
really aggressive one was there. I opened the cage to clean out the dead bugs and
put in new branches. He got on her back and they linked. They stayed like that for
hours. The next day they were separate and I opened the cage and let him out(thought
she was supposed to kill him) for his own protection. LOL. Today I found her making
the egg sac. I have no idea what to do now. Everything I read says she will die
shortly after laying sacs. How do I care for her and the sac(s)?  I added the pics
for reference. We live in MD and this cage is on the porch. Don't want to bring this
inside the house. Please help!!! Do I continue to feed her the moths I catch around
the light and the crickets I buy at pet store? Thank you for any info you give.

Jill ThaCakeLady

Subject:       Question...
From:       Gabriela C
Date:       Wed, September 12, 2012 8:26 pm

I am grateful for the site. I had one PM in my deck yesterday and was impressed to
see one. She was in my Jasmine plant. We do have quite a bit of spiders and flies so
I was happy to see her. Well, this morning I noticed two more that where the same
length but thinner. They were more brown in color. Then by mid afternoon I saw a
fourth (same thinness but green). Just now I looked out and there are five (another
thinner green one) all in the same proximity.  What does this mean? I thought they
were solitary creatures?  Should I be worried or just let them be?

Thank you,


Subject:       What to do?
From:       "wallace h"
Date:       Fri, September 14, 2012 10:03 am

About 3 weeks ago, we set up a fennel/screen type meat bee trap.  Right away a large
approximately 3'' brown mantis attached himself/herself to the outside of the trap
and has been there ever since. During various times of the day the mantis moves
around freely.

I am considering moving the trap to another location nearby.  What consideration
should I show mantis?  Move to green foliage area, brush off onto an area nearby (a
few feet)? Mantis seems to have gotten quite a bit larger (fatter) during its stay
here. Also, gotten browner in color.  Photo is almost three weeks old.

What is the best thing to do?

Thank you.


Subject:       reproduction
From:       "Angela H"
Date:       Sat, September 15, 2012 7:39 am

I came home this morning to a thinner mantis and an egg sack, but my mantis has been
with us for many months and has not been with any other mantis. Is there any chance
there might actually be babies?

~Angela H~

Subject:       PRAYING MANTIS
From:       "SYLVIA N"
Date:       Sat, September 15, 2012 10:52 am

We live in Denver, CO and found a praying mantis in our back yard.  I want to keep
it healthy for my grandson.  It measures about 4 inches in length.  How often should
it be fed?  Any other pointers for us?

Subject:       mantis questions
From:       "Hollie B"
Date:       Sat, September 15, 2012 3:21 pm

 I am curious if you can help me identify if this mantis is female or male.
I was convinced she was a female until I read that their wings were never
longer than their body. Is that always true? I also have , what I am
positive is a male, in captivity. I can clearly see differences in their
antenna and abdomen size. But, her wings do extend slightly past her body.
Not as long as his though. When she did her final molt, I think her rear
got slightly messed up. I can see she is missing one of the little
"antenna" on he rear. So I can't tell if the segments are actually segments
or a malformation. Not having any other female to compare to I am curious.

Subject:       praying mantis
From:       "Jerelyn B"
Date:       Mon, September 17, 2012 8:36 am

I was coming in my front door when I saw a young praying mantis on the
porch. It is the middle of September and this creature wasn't more than two
to three inches long. I didn't think one would be so young this time of
year. Will it survive the winter that is coming? Will it age fast enough to
lay eggs, as it was a female? I have always had a thing about the praying
mantis. I grew up in an area where we were close to nature on a daily
basis. I've watched them since I was a child. I was glad when I found your
web site. I would like to hear your comments on this situation. Thank you.
Oh, by the way, it appeared to be after a cricket when I saw it. My email
address is as follows:

Subject:       Fw: Albino Praying Mantis
From:       "Regina S"
Date:       Mon, September 17, 2012 10:38 am

How common is an albino praying mantis like this one hanging out at our house?
From:       "Tom"
Date:       Wed, September 19, 2012 8:58 am

I live in Illinois and every summer my son finds a few praying mantis that are about
4-5 inches in length. When the weather turns we bring the Mantis inside and it has
lasted as long at mid November and then just dies. Typically it lays 4-5 egg sacks
from mid September until it dies. What is the best thing to do with eggs in Sept,
oct and nov? Obviously do not want to keep inside where warm and could possibly
hatch. Can they be frozen until spring?

Thanks Tom

From:       "helen v"
Date:       Fri, September 21, 2012 10:17 am


I bought an egg sack and kept a few.  I ended up only able to keep one alive and
kept her for two months.  I fed her flightless fruit flies and pinhead crickets and
house flies. She seemed afraid of crickets so I didn't eat her them anymore. After
finding another praying mantis, I put him in with her for about a week but they kept
away from each other and didn't eat , I let them go.  I kept looking for her and
after a week almost stepped on her in our backyard.  She was very weak and
dehydrated.  I still had some fruit flies left but she wouldn't eat them.  I tried
to hold a fruit fly for her buy she was too weak to eat it so I read that they eat
bee pollen so I mixed some with some water and she ate it, I sprinkled water on her
a few times a day and kept her in a small container.  I then bought some beef and
chicken baby food and she will eat the beef baby food off of a baby spoon but
doesn't like the chicken.  She is filling out and can grip better but she freaks out
with fruit flies so I'm still feeding her pollen and beef baby food.  Did you ever
feed yours beef baby food, I've read different sites and no one has mentioned this,
I just didn't want her to die and hope this will not have any negative effects on
her.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I live in London Ontario Canada
and plan on keeping Buddhalicious(was Buddha as I thought she was a male)til she
dies hopefully of old age.


Subject:       Praying Mantis and cannibalism
From:       "CinMatt"
Date:       Fri, September 21, 2012 1:53 pm

From your website and others, I have found mention of cannibalism among
Praying Mantis' only happening during copulation.  Did I capture something
unusual in this video? .  The
entire event lasted approximately 2 hours.  I have it all recorded except
short gaps when I had to change memory cards.  This was recorded August 11,
2012, in my backyard in Bakersfield, CA.  If the footage is of any interest
to you or you know of someone who might be interested let me know.  To me,
this was an amazing event to witness, and I'd like to share it with others.

Thank you for your time.

From:       "diane m"
Date:       Fri, September 21, 2012 7:47 pm

I live in Throggs Neck in Bronx, NY.  Earlier this week (beautiful weather)  I saw
what I think was a Preying Mantis on my front door jamb.  I was amazed and careful
as I entered and left the house.  After four exits and entries I became concerned
about the insect (not leaving when I was so close) and got a piece of paper.  My
plan was to have him walk on the paper and then I would let him go in the grass.
 However, as soon as his feet slid on the paper, he flew away.

Can Praying Mantises fly?  I was shocked to see one right outside my front door.
 Since I read your webpage, I am now concerned because there are a lot of pigeons in
the neighborhood, often in my back yard.  Could this have been another insect that
looks very much like a Praying Mantis?  

Thanks for you help

Diane McD

Subject:       brown vs green
From:       "V, Kelly M"
Date:       Mon, September 24, 2012 6:59 pm

We had a large green praying mantis with a very large belly, for about 3 weeks and
really enjoyed her. Yesterday my husband found a medium size brown mantis. Small
belly. We put the brown one in the same cage and they entwined each other for about
a day without fighting. Last night the brown one started licking the green one. It
looked like they were kissing until I looked a little closer. The brown one was
chewing the head off of the green one without a fight. We put the green one out side
in a bush because we thought she had eggs. Today after work we checked on the
headless mantis and saw it was still moving and even gripped my hand still! Is it
possible there were two females or was the green one actually a male that looked
pregnant and the brown one was a female? They never mated b/c we watched them all
day. It was sad to see.[X]


Kelly M. V

Subject:       eggs
From:       "garry"
Date:       Tue, September 25, 2012 5:36 pm

I have found a prayingmantis egg sack.iam in rockingham co. virginia.the egg sack is
well attached.iam wanting to know should I leave them alone or bring them in and put
them in the fridge to make sure they will hatch when the time comes to put them
outside.if you know of someone that can use them I would gladly send them.I want
them to survive.     thank you      garry h

Subject:       Praying Mantis
From:       "Rita M
Date:       Tue, September 25, 2012 10:11 pm

I got home from work last night at around 1130pm and had about a dozen on
my front porch.  When I left today at 230pm for work I only saw one.
Anxious to see how many are waiting for me tonight.
Rita-Las Vegas.

Subject:       Abdomen bursts on mantis?
From:       "Bernadette"
Date:       Wed, September 26, 2012 11:13 am

Found this mantis in my garden today, looks like it ate too much.  


Subject:       Mantis in a northest row home
From:       "Jacquelyn B"
Date:       Thu, September 27, 2012 8:07 am

I am baffled. At 4:30 am I noticed my cat hopping around. I didn't notice
it at first, but there resting on a near empty bag of cat litter was a
praying mantis. I couldn't believe it. I'm not sure if I have ever seen one
before. It seemed long as my hand. I could only imagine the height and
witdh if it stood up or took off flying. I didn't think it could fly away
with the cat, but I was scared. Fear, ignorance and time constraints led me
to reach for the insectiside. I have been feeling bad about killing one of
god's beautiful creatures all morning. I try to justfy it as survival of
the fittest, but I know I should have thought of a way to capture it and
put it outside. What was it doing and how did it get into the second floor
bedroom of a Philadelphia row home? I didn't think there were any this far
north. Do they travel in groups? Should I look for more around the house?
How do I shake the guilt?
Subject:       Will she lay eggs
From:       "Jayson B
Date:       Fri, September 28, 2012 9:20 am

I caught a mantis who just mated with a male.she was still stuck to him like dogs the same time she was eating  her mate. Will she  lay eggs?i put her in a big
gallon jar.with a very big and suitable size branch with leaves on it as
suggested.and if so what is the best way to incubate the eggs .