This page is to show you my stick insects and mantis. The page is not yet finished but I guess in a way that as long as I get more instects there will always be something to add.
So right now my sticks are D.Gigantea I'm getting some more breeds on Saturday.
My mantis that I have are of two different types commonly known as the boxer and peacock these are probably my two favorite mantis breeds as well as the Devils flower mantis of which I have not yet any. The shield mantis I am working on buying these are one of the mantis that many people think of when you say mantis the green type.
DIAPHERODES GIGANTEA- A big green stick insect which can grow up to 16cm or about the size of your hand! The females can live up to about a year if you look after them well and they will lay eggs from around a few weeks after reaching adulthood. The males don't live as long as the females as it is with most if not all stick insects and mantis. The males also grow wings once they reach adult hood.They don't have any special heating requirements and can be kept at room temprature in the UK although through a cold winter they may need a heat mat to give them gentle heat. Prices will variy on these depending on how old they are adults who can breed will be more expensive than nymphs.
Avalability- Not yet I will need to breed them before I have enough to sell
PSEUDEMPUSA PINNAPAVONIS (Peacock)- A small brown mantis who when adult seems normal until... it sees a potential threat and displays what looks like bright colourful underwings of a butterfly. Personaly I love these species as they are like my favorite insects combined and I wish I had a photo to show you. They grow to about 4 inches long so are a fairly small but beautiful species of mantid.
Avalability- soon (2-3 weeks) but few so contact me to book yours
Price- about £5 each at instar 2-3
(Peacock photo's by kind permission of Rob Byatt)
HESTIASULA BRUNNERIANA (Indian Unicorn Boxer)- This is a brown mantis who's two front legs both have a large leave shape to them that make them look a lot like a boxer but this is not just any odd brown mantis with "boxing gloves" as the under side of it's front legs including the leaf like part are of the colour bright orange also with black stripes on the leaf shape which look great from the front view when the mantis is curled up in boxer stance or when punching the air in front of them.
Avalability- these hatched earlyer than expected there are 24 of which I've decided to keep all or most
Price- will be sold seperatley contact me with how much you woud pay for each of them and how many you want and I'll get back to you I'm not sure that I'll sell any yet.
(Hestiasula Brunneriana photo by kind permission of jcorreasg)
MANTIS COOMING SOON?- RHOMBODERA SP (Malaysian Shield)- working on this if I get these I'm sure I'll have enough for everyone these are if you prefer a more traditional mantis if your intrested don't hesitate to contact me prices etc will depend on how much I buy them for.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO THINK AOUT BEFORE BUYING MANTIS
- mantis will need a high container so that they can shed there skin it needs to be around 3 times the height of the mantis to be safe so that it doesn't become squashed at the bottom of the container and as a result become deformed for most for just one mantis a large sweet jar the kind that store sweets in a sweet shop, I find that I am continuely bugging the sweet stall at the local market for empty jars then some netting on top with an elastic band to secure it and this will do fine as you need to think more about height rarther than width or length you will also need some twigs in so they can climb something to shed then just a spray bottle so you can spray them every other day (you can get these at most garden centers) only other thing you might need is a heat mat depending on the speices. So equipment wise you won't have to splash out.
- Most mantis unfortunatley are cannibalistic although some species can live together if fed well, most if fed well can live together for a certain time but after that it is either advisable to seperate them as they might eat each other or they must be seperated as they will eat each other. This will mean that when buying them you must make sure you don't buy more than you can look after seperatley also when mating them you must make sure they are really well fed before or risk losing the male. Some must be seperated quickly after they are born.
- food is something you must consider before buying quite a lot of people say that crickets and locusts are bad for mantis and some like the spiny flower mantis will only eat flies anyway. Flies are generaly a good food to go for and during the summer there are plenty of them to attract and so during that period feeding will be free. In the winter you may need to purchase food but if you know where to look you can find it fairly cheaply (latter I might make a page with links of good food surpliers).
Overal praying mantis make great pets as they are easy (most) and cheap to look after they can be kept in your room and don't take up much room there is also the possiblity of breeding them so that you can replace and sell/trade them. These are very intresting insects and also I find keeping them is very adictive as they a facinating creatures I've even dedicated a website to them.
THIS PAGE IS'NT FINISHED IF YOU HAVE SOME SUGGESTIONS/INFO YOU WANT ON THIS PAGE CONTACT ME ON THE CONTACT ME PAGE I WILL BE UDATING THIS VERY SOON WITH THE NEW STICKS THAT HAVE COME ON SATURDAY...