Tip Top Praying Mantis – 2 Egg Cases


Mantises are territorial stalkers of insects. They will spend days waiting and tracking it’s prey. The praying mantis moves it’s head to keep it’s prey in sight. It’s head stimulates special receptors that send out nerve impulses that instantly adjust the distance and angle of the mantis’ quick strike. It delivers a bite to the neck, killing the insect and then savors the meal. Each egg case will hatch out 50-200 mantises. When hatching: the young crawl from between tiny flaps in the egg case and hang from silken threads about 2 inches below the case. After drying out, the young will disperse. This happens within an hour or two and it is very difficult to know if hatching has occurred unless the elusive, yet well-camouflaged, young are found. Hatching can take up to 6 weeks, depending on when the females laid the egg.


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UPC: 657994100317 SKU: 44544 Category: Tags: , , , Brand:


Scientific Name
Tenodera aridifolia sinensis

Up to 2.5 inches, green or brownish with large papery wings.

In Fall, females deposit eggs in a frothy secretion which hardens to form a brown or beige egg case, attached to a plant stem. (Contains 40-50 eggs).

All hatch within one or two hours and they are awesome! The cases do not change
in appearance.

Feeds On
Anything they can catch – good or pest insects. They are very territorial.

Attach to plant, 2″ – 3″ above the ground. To see them hatch, keep case in sealed paper bag in south window – check daily. Can take up to eight weeks in warm weather to hatch.

3 egg cases per 50 x 100 sq. feet or 10 to 100 per acre.

Notes: Only sold January-July 15. Must be hatched by the end of July, in time to mature and lay eggs to overwinter.

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Additional information

Weight .51 lbs
Dimensions 4 × 4 × 5 in

Target Pests

Grasshoppers, Crickets, and any other insect it can overcome.

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Release Rate

1 egg case per 1,500 sq. ft.

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Strategic Considerations

Pesticides and even wetting agents and spreader-stickers may adversely affect mantis’s survival. Broad spectrum and systemic insecticides are toxic to praying mantises.

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