Mantis N.I is currently focusing strongly on breeding praying mantis as well as working currently on some exotic rare species of mantis which are not often seen in the UK market although highly sought after.
We currently have a large variety of species that we are working with although the process of raising to adult breeding successfully and hatching is a timely task.
Below is a list of what we are currently working with although when they are available for sale they will be advertised on the website.
Dead leaf mantis
new guinea shield
cats eye mantis
BASIC CARE FOR MANTIS JUST TO GIVE THOSE INTERESTED AN IDEA WHATS INVOLVED.
Mantis are very simple to look after and care for although most species will need to be kept in a warm room 24-30° species dependant. Some species require higher heat and humidity than others especially during the winter months so be prepared to buy a heat mat or heat lamp to keep your mantis cosy during winter months.
Humidity is obtained by spraying the side of the enclosure as required and by having either kitchen paper on the floor of enclosure are preferably use the likes of coco coir as a substrate to trap in the moisture.
The mantis will also drink from the water particles sprayed on the side of the enclosure.
Mantis will only eat live moving insects preferably flying insects. Most species when young will take flightless fruit flies around 3 flies every 2-3 days. larger mantis will move onto bluebottles, green bottles and some other insects such as locusts and crickets although some caution is advised with these as they could have the potential to injure your mantis.
I can supply flightless fruitfly cultures for £3.50 and hopefully mealworms and crickets in the coming weeks.