Thanks for the response on the Chinese mantis care sheet. In response to your suggestion of using a 32 oz deli cup: do I put substrate like a paper towel or moss, sand etc.? How would I properly ventilate it to both control humidity and keep prey inside?
If the temperature where I keep it is hovering around 70 or even the high 60's would I need a heater? If so what do you use to heat the enclosure? I've heard both heat pad and lights.
A lot of people talk about having a smaller enclosure for juveniles and then moving it to a larger one as it grows. Why not put it in a large enclosure now?
I actually already ordered keeping the praying mantis!
Not really a PM but it works 😅
Paper towel and peat moss both work well, so does a square of 2 ply toilet paper. Never use sand or rocks, both can crush you mantis if the deli cup falls over. They also don’t hold humidity well. A mesh lid from Mantid Kingdom will work, just order cups from him. I’ll include a link right here.
High 60’s and 70 should be OK, but your mantis will grow much, much slower. A heat lamp on a thermostat should work as long as it hovers around 80. Never use heat mats, they can short out and turn your mantis enclosure into a sauna. Also, mantids naturally go down to escape heat.
You may not be able to find your mantis in a big enclosure, and they wouldn’t be able to find their food. If you want to see them, keep it small until the mantis is big.
Nice! It’s a great book! It has so much info it’s insane.
Any more questions @KyleB?
I appreciate the information in this care sheet. I am, however, a little frustrated by the lack of consistency that seems to come with mantis care. I read the book "Praying Mantis Ultimate Care Guide" by Thomas Green cover to cover and it has great general information and a lot of warnings about setting up a habitat, but nothing specific enough. I guess part of the problem is the habitat depends completely on the type of mantis you are getting. I am interested in becoming a mantis owner, but have never owned one. I would love some specific, step by step instructions on how to prepare an e