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The Poster Child of Beneficial Insects

Praying Mantid
Tenodera aridifolia sinensis
(Praying Mantis)

Praying Mantis Most pest insects, mites, and eggs are the preferred diet of these general predators. Praying mantids are shipped as egg cases, each of which contains about 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.

Beware: praying mantids will eat other beneficial insects if pests are not available; however, they will not eat ladybugs because they are bitter.
Availability: December through July; call or write for availability during off-season.

Click here for Release and Storage Guidelines.

Praying Mantid cases are now out of stock for 2016. Sorry. Order in November or December for 2017. We probably won't get them until late February, but Mantid cases were in short supply this year, and it might not be much better next year.

1210313 Praying Mantid Egg Cases$11.70Out of Stock
121041Praying Mantid Egg Cases (4-10)$3.50Out of Stock
121061Praying Mantid Egg Cases (11+)$3.25Out of Stock
121071Praying Mantid Egg Cases (50+)$3.00Out of Stock
121081Praying Mantid Egg Cases (100+)$2.80Out of Stock
121091Praying Mantid Egg Cases (200+)$2.60Out of Stock


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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