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Post by February Beetle » Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:25 pm

I have two baby Mantids, (I don’t know what kind) they are about 1/2 inch long maybe 6 mm, what should I feed them? I am going to try to find some insects that are smaller than them, but that is hard to do because they are tiny. It is hard to catch small bugs without killing them. :X Any ideas would be appreciated!
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Post by far-out » Thu Jun 08, 2006 3:38 pm

Try to feed with drosophila.
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Post by chi » Fri Jun 09, 2006 2:00 am

The young should be fed on fruit flies (Drosophila sp.), aphids or other small insects. They do well if supplied with as much food as they can eat although they can last quite a while without food.

Many species are very aggressive towards each other and if kept in groups they will eat each other especially as one or two become slightly larger than their brothers and sisters. Some species will happily tackle prey as large as themselves.

As the grow they can be given larger prey, almost any insects will be eaten. Mantids do not usually need to drink. However if they are kept in a heated cage a small dish of water is a good idea in order to provide some humidity, alternatively the cage should be sprayed with water each day.

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Post by February Beetle » Fri Jun 09, 2006 4:26 am

Thanks for the help. :D I found some aphids for them to eat and they seem to be doing okay I'm trying not to bother them too much.
I have a walking stick now, too. I will do research and see what those eat etc... also. I think they are less popular pets then Mantids I might find less people with information on them. But if anyone has information on them too thanks in advance.
Hopefully I will take good care of them and learn a lot. Do you know how long mantids live in captivity?
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Post by 123Herpatology » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:08 am

They live alone usually so its probably not a good to keep them together, they are veracious predators so if at all possible supply food constantly. Like he said, humidity is important to keep them healthy...uhhh i hope that helps a little. im not an authority on mantids but they are fascinating!
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