Welcome to the guide to raising U.S. Native Praying Mantis Insects Ebook. By cliking on the links below, you will view the introduction and 14 sections regarding the care of praying mantis insects. You will learn everything you need to know about raising and breeding praying mantis insects.

There are several different species of praying mantis insects in the United States. The image that comes to mind when a person thinks of a praying mantis is of the common chinese mantis. The following picture is an L1 hatchling (freshly hatched baby mantis)

The common mantis is usually brown and green or simple green. These were imported to the United States

The following picture is of the U.S. Native Color Changing Mantis

These are natural mantids, native to the United States
The following picture is of another U.S. Native praying mantis, stagmomantis carolina, the specimen pictured is a male and is black, grey and green in color. These often have red eyes in normal room lighting.

The next mantis will really give you a new perspective on the appearance of a praying mantis. The following pictures are of the arrow head shaped Silver Bark Mantis.

These bark mantids are quite rare and expensive and nearly impossible to find in the mantis hobby as the supply is low and the demand is high. They are not an endangered species but they are quite scarce where they used to be plentiful. As with all U.S. Native mantids, populations can be increased by the mantis hobbyist raising a few to keep and releasing some into the wild as well.

Below is another uncommon praying mantis species. The following picture is of the U.S. native stick mantis

The stick mantis (scientific name brunneria borealis) is also a scarce to rare, expensive mantis. All other U.S. native mantids have seperate male and female sexes, the stick mantis is a parthogenic species, all are female, no mate is required to produce viable live oothecae (egg cases). In most cases, all other U.S. mantis species' require both a male and a female to produce offspring, but females of some species' produce ootheca that hatch some offspring. All of the offspring from such an ootheca would be female. There are no male brunneria borealis mantids known to exsist.


1. Your first pet mantis
2. Handling your pet mantis
3. Outdoor and Indoor Mantids ~ Housing Mantids
4. Temperature, ventilation and humidity
5. Feeding mantids
6. Molts and growth
7. Breeding and ootheca (egg case) production
8. Ootheca Incubation ~ Hatching Mantis Eggs
9. Hazards and dangers to avoid when raising a pet mantis
10. Legal information ~ Mantis Species' ~ Legal U.S. Native / USDA Accepted Adventive Mantids vs. non native invasive illegal Foreign Mantids
11. Praying Mantis and Mantis Ootheca identification, Short list of U.S. Native Praying Mantis
12. Special techniques
13. History of the praying mantis in human culture
14. Basic mantis physiology

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