Praying Mantises are one of the most effective answers for people who do not want to use unsafe chemical substances in their gardening to handle insects.
In case you have unwanted insect pests which include mites, flies, gnats, aphids as well any other sort of small soft bodied pest insects infesting your garden greenhouse, patio or garden.
It is very easy to introduce the praying mantis insects to help you get rid of the pest insects!
The Praying Mantis is one of the best predator insects, consuming any kind of bug except the beneficial LadyBug. A favorite “good bug,” ladybugs have been a popular beneficial insects for the past 20 years.
Ladybugs eat aphids, mealy bugs, scale, leaf hoppers, and other destructive pests.
Praying Mantis eggs are generally available from January through April or while supplies last. The hatching period is in the spring months, earlier in the warmer Southern states, and later in the Northern United States.
The baby mantises or nymphs hatch out of their eggs cases when the weather becomes warm and their insect prey becomes available.
Fertile Praying Mantis egg cases are delivered throughout most months of the season. The eggs are carefully bred and guaranteed to hatch-out when you stick to the directions contained in the Mantis Egg Instruction guide included free with your praying mantis eggs! Should your egg arrive in the time of the colder months, maintain it within your fridge to postpone the hatch out till springtime or early summer season or hatch it and raise the mantids inside your home.
GreenEarth Praying Mantis KitThe Praying Mantis also makes a very cool pet! Learn about the lifecycle, biology and care of insects, nature kits created to hatch and grow live insects.
Benefits of Praying Mantis:
- Eat a vast selection of insects; beetles, caterpillars, grubs, aphids, grasshoppers and a lot more.
- Tend to remain in the area where introduced as long as there are bugs to eat.
- Safe to individuals and pets (don’t pick them up from behind their front forelegs though).
- Safe to the environment! (nature’s garden pest insect predators at your service).
- Proper Name: Tenodera aridifolia.
Soon after hatching, the newborn mantises or nymphs, emerge from the egg case. Since they’re so light-weight they float to the ground. At this stage of their existence they look just like large unattractive mosquitoes and are very hard to observe as they blend flawlessly with the neighboring plant life.
Through out the spring and summer months, they shed their skins on numerous occasions. The baby praying mantis differs in coloring and can be gray, green, or even a pinkish hue. Their colors normally darken with time in order to better blend in with their environment. In fact, their camouflaged colors are so perfect other bugs have a hard time seeing them.
Praying Mantises have enormous appetites and never ever seem to get hold of enough to eat. Which is good for you if you have a very active garden with lots of veggies growing. In their younger stages, they consume little caterpillars, aphids, small flies, and other soft-bodied insects. As they grow older and mature, they begin to eat much larger insects. Given lots of pesky garden bugs to eat, the Chinese types, and particularly the females, may grow to five long inches. The female will often eat the smaller male soon after mating. Mantises do not eat plant life and are are “meat eaters” also known as carnivorous, making them the perfect garden helper.
These beneficial Insects make Perfect companions for your own Organic Garden!
Mantises are different from Ladybugs in that they lay low and wait patiently for their victim and when it is near enough, snap it up with a super motion of their formidable forelegs. On the other hand, Ladybugs are constantly on the prowl searching for meals. Praying Mantises and Ladybugs get along fine, because Mantises very rarely eat Ladybugs due to their bitter sour taste.
Then again, when hungry enough, they may possibly feed on each other. Again, these insects have huge appetites and always seem to be hungry. Praying Mantis are poor fliers and walk rather slowly. If they have a lot to feed on, they typically remain nearby to wherever they had been given birth to. Provided with a good location with lots to eat, the female lays eggs in the Fall. The egg cases are durable enough to withstand the intense Winter climates and hatch in the subsequent Springtime. She may lay several egg cases in different areas.
These bugs are very ferocious looking creatures but are harmless to humans. If treated properly, they do not bite. However, do not pick them up in back of the forelegs as this disturbs them. They may even become tame enough to be petted and may consume insects from your own hands. The mantis might be the only exclusively recognized insect that can move its head to look over its shoulder.
Nature placed the strong forelegs in a position to call to mind one of praying. From this specific feature the praying mantis obtains their name.
Here are some more fun Praying mantis facts:
- Praying mantis are also cousins of the stick insect family.
- Are known for their aggressive nature, even with those bigger than themselves.
- Most species of the Praying Mantis are not endangered and many are kept as pets.
- The eyes of a praying mantis are two close together for binocular vision (to judge distance).
so a praying mantis moves its head back and forth to get the same kind of effect
- The word ‘Mantis’ in Greek means Prophet.