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The Poster Child of Beneficial Insects

Praying Mantis Praying Mantid
Tenodera aridifolia sinensis
(Praying Mantis)

Insects, mites, and eggs are the preferred diet of these general predators. Praying mantids are shipped as egg cases, each of which should produce 100-200 baby mantids.

Optimal conditions for hatching are 40% to 95% humidity and a temperature of 70°F to 90°F. Release rate: Place 3 cases per 5,000 square feet or 10 to 100 cases per year per acre. Attach the cases on twigs, leaves, fences, or the crotch of a bush or tree. Do not place on the ground as they are easy prey for ants.

Begin outdoor releases early spring. Praying mantids can be used in conjunction with other beneficial insects. They should be hatched by July 31 for best results.

Note: Praying mantids may eat other beneficial insects if they venture within reach; however, they will not eat ladybugs because they are not very tasty.
General Availability: Late January through July; call or write for availability during off-season.

Click here for Release and Storage Guidelines.

1210313 Praying Mantid Egg Cases$14.70
121041Praying Mantid Egg Cases (4-10)$4.70each
121061Praying Mantid Egg Cases (11+) $3.85each
121071Praying Mantid Egg Cases (50) $175.00$3.50 each
121081Praying Mantid Egg Cases (100+) $300.00$3.00 each
121091Praying Mantid Egg Cases (200+) $500.00$2.50 each


Preferred Shipping methods: U.S. Priority Mail, UPS 2nd Day or Overnight.

Cart orders that have anything other than Priority or Express shipping will be upgraded.

Permit required for shipment to Hawaii and many countries outside the USA.

Please note: Minimum order 3 cases. All other selections are priced by unit and you must
indicate the quantity of egg cases in addition to selection the correct price level.
(i.e. to indicate 3 mantid cases, put 1 in the quantity and select 3 cases from the menu.
To indicate 12 egg cases, put 12 in the quantity field, and select the 11+ price)

"Live & perishable product sales, once shipped are final, non-cancelable
and non-refundable, unless approved by a Biocontrol Network officer."

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