Pray Mantis and Stick Insects

Pray Mantis and Stick Insects

Postby DmD » Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:43 pm

Hey Everyone

Does any anyone know who breeds Pray Mantis and Stick Insects, and how to look after them.


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Re: Pray Mantis and Stick Insects

Postby No_One_T » Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:42 pm

Saw some nice ones at the expo. Chameleons had them. try contact them :).
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Re: Pray Mantis and Stick Insects

Postby DmD » Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:50 pm

Thanks they also had some amazing chameleons like that panther and that pygmy
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Re: Pray Mantis and Stick Insects

Postby Chameleons » Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:36 pm

What do you want to know? If I can help, I'll be happy to do so, just PM or e-mail me.

Thanks for the kind comments about the stand.
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Re: Pray Mantis and Stick Insects

Postby Sico » Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:44 pm

Praying mantis are carnivorous and will catch and eat ust about anything that you can put in their terrarium, that they can overpower (including small reptiles like geckos). Stick insects are mostly vegetarian, and the majority of the species will eat things like Privet in captivity. some may be more specific eaters. If they do eat privet, take a jam jar, with lid, punch some holes in the lid 3-4mm in diameter, half fill it with clean tap water, and break off some privet twigs, insert them through the holes so that the open ends of the twigs are in the water. Privet twigs like this will actually grow roots and continue growing if all their leaves arent eaten off. make sure they are herbicide and insecticide free first.
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Re: Pray Mantis and Stick Insects

Postby Chameleons » Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:20 pm

There are many types of praying mantis and stick insect. They can often be grouped as far as general care is concerned but certain species will require specific conditions. For example, some mantids and stick insects require a very humid environment whereas others will accept drier. Food varies considerably by species - some mantids will only eat flying insects, others will accept most insects. Some will literally die if fed on crickets; most will be fine. Some mantid nymphs are so small on hatching that the smallest fruit fly is far too big to be eaten; others spend their time eating thier siblings. Not all are cannabalistic but the majority are.

Stick insects native to this country will often eat acacia but have accepted oak in the UK, which shows that some will change foodplant if needed; some (from overseas) will only eat eucalyptus in the wild but in Europe bramble is used extensively and seems acceptable to a wide range of species. Others will eat almost any type of plant - we have one species feeding on ivy. The common Indian Stick Insect thrives on privet and the suggestion made about using a jar with water is a good one - for the vast majority of species.

We have 8 stick insect species and 12 mantid species at the moment - the differences in requirements can be both interesting and a pain in the neck!

Overall, they are all pretty easy if you research the conditions needed. Patience is often more of a problem - some stick insect eggs we have will wait a full year before hatching! If you have a certain species in mind let me know.
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Re: Pray Mantis and Stick Insects

Postby Chameleons » Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:54 pm

Here are a few local and exotic mantids to whet your appetite:
Gongyles gongoloides
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Oxypilus male
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Oxypilus female
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Re: Pray Mantis and Stick Insects

Postby Ice Cold Milk » Tue Sep 09, 2008 4:27 pm

Those G. gongoloides were just plain cool, glad I got to see them in person (David was keeping 5-7 together, and they all hang in a row next to each other!)

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Re: Pray Mantis and Stick Insects

Postby DmD » Tue Sep 09, 2008 6:19 pm

Thanks for the pis really nice mantids
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Re: Pray Mantis and Stick Insects

Postby MV » Thu Sep 11, 2008 2:37 pm

lol...think you meant to say 'pics'...hehehe
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Re: Pray Mantis and Stick Insects

Postby DmD » Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:43 pm

Ya sorry!!
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