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    European Praying Mantis M. Religiosa Ooths

     Oothecas or egg cases hatch 50-200 babies. They are great for pest control for your garden or greenhouse. They can also make wonderful pets and fun for adults and children.

    We harvest these, and they are fresh and fertile. 

    The European mantis (Mantis religiosa) is a large hemimetabolic insect in the family of the Mantidae ('mantids'), which is the largest family of the order Mantodea (mantises). Their common name, praying mantis, is derived from the distinctive posture of the first pair of legs observed in animals in repose. It resembles a praying attitude. Both males and females have elongated bodies with two pairs of wings. The most striking features that all Mantodea share are a very mobile, triangular head with large compound eyes and their first pair of legs (the 'raptorial legs'), which is highly modified for the efficient capture and restraint of fast-moving or flying prey. 
    Note ooths are certified as fertile however we never guarantee hatching. Care while incubating can vary depending on conditions and can take up to 8-10 weeks. We are not responsible if they do not hatch