If you’ve ever been curious about Praying Mantids and want to begin importing some to your yard, or if you just want to teach your child about the life cycle of insects, this is a great find! These Praying Mantis Pagoda‘s come with a viable egg case which can be safely kept in the house to hatch your own Mantis young. Simply follow the directions, and wait for the young to hatch, all within view! The juveniles need to be placed outdoors soon after hatching to prevent cannibalism (one or two days after hatching) and make great assets in the garden as pest hunters extraordinaire.
The Pagoda and egg case set together cost 20 dollars, and are available in a set only from January through March. In cold climates where temperatures do not rise above 50 degrees regularly until March or April, make sure to order your case in the month of March to give your insects the best chance of survival when you move them outdoors. Mantids in the wild don’t wake up from hibernation to hatch until warmer weather, timed perfectly for when their food supply comes out. Frosty weather may kill any young placed out too early, so take care to set your Praying Mantis’ up for success outdoors.
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(Another great use for this pagoda is as a temporary way-station for those summer lightening bugs, and it can collapse flat for easy storage in between!)