How Much Does a Praying Mantis Cost?
A praying mantis is a type of insect that almost anyone will recognize because of its bent front legs that are held together resembling a “praying” position.”
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the type, a praying mantis is going to cost anywhere from $6 to $12 per insect. However, most pet shops are going to sell them in bulk, commonly in 2, 4, 20, 25, 50 and 100 packs.
- Praying mantis eggs, on the other hand, can cost $1 to $2 per egg. These eggs can commonly be found online in packs of 10 or more.
- For example, Statequarters.20m.com offers the following prices for their praying mantis:
- 2 live Chinese praying mantis — $22
- 2 live U.S. Native color-changing mantis — $32
- 4 live USDA-approved praying mantis — $28
- 20 live praying mantis — $56
- 50 live praying mantis — $115
What is going to be included?
- Before deciding on getting a praying mantis as a pet, check with your local laws if it is allowed in your area. Some localities classify keeping this bug illegal.
- Some people take a praying mantis as pet because of its ability to protect outdoor plants and greenhouse florae.
- The average lifespan is about 12 months in the wild.
- The Chinese Praying Mantis from most reputable sellers will be USDA-approved.
- A starter package can include the following items:
- A fully-decorated pet container
- A fine mist spray bottle
- Bamboo skewers
- An order of appropriately-sized feeder flies that may consist of fruit flies, houseflies, or blue bottle flies;
- Comprehensive beginner guide
- A praying mantis nymph
What are the extra costs?
- The cost of an insect container with an aerated cover is separate from the cost of the insect.
- If you want to order a complete guide and instructions on how to care for your praying mantis pets, there are several options you can choose from and the prices of which vary according to the author and/or source.
- You will also have to buy feeder insects as well as spend on maintenance needs for your praying mantis.
- You will need a container in which you can keep your praying mantis. The container does not need to be large, but it needs to be filled with the appropriate things. Because praying mantis like to climb, fill the container with twigs and some foliage.
- Depending on the weather in your area, you may need to purchase a heat lamp for the tank. The praying mantis’ tank should be kept around 75 degrees F.
Factors that influence the price:
- The prices of praying mantis vary according to the number of your order and specific species.
- Vendors sell praying mantis in packages or individually. Generally, the more you purchase at once, like anything, the more you are going to be able to save.
- Most bulk orders have free shipment options.
Tips to know:
- Verify whether or not the species of praying mantis you want to acquire is allowed in your area. You may check it with the USDA website at www.aphis.usda.gov.
- Here are some of the species of praying mantis species that are not allowed in the United States. The U.S Federal Law considers raising these particular species illegal:
- Ghost Mantis
- Orchid Mantis
- Devils Flower Mantis
- Wondering Violin Mantis
- #9 Mantis
- Egyptian Mantis
- If you are planning to get more than one praying mantis, you will need to buy separate containers.
- A praying mantis likes to eat insects, butterflies, and even your common house flies.
- If there are insects in the container that the praying mantis did not eat, these should be removed and replaced with live, fresh insects.
- Only handle your praying mantis when it is absolutely necessary. When you are finished handling it, make sure that you thoroughly wash your hands.
How can I save money?
- Be sure to buy USDA-approved praying mantis insects. Do not purchase if the vendor cannot guarantee its legality.
- Instead of buying a praying mantis container with ventilated lid, you may opt to make your own container.
- In order to save money, try to avoid purchasing a praying mantis – try to catch one instead. This may be a challenge because of their size, color, and habits, but the hunt can be both fun and rewarding.