The Carolina mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) is a mantis that is native to the southeastern United States, and protects many people’s gardens from pests in the spring and summer. They mostly come in shades of green and brown to blend in with their surroundings and stalk unsuspecting prey. They have great individual personalities, and are great for beginners, hardy, and easy to keep and breed!
Male Carolina mantises grow to about 1.7 inches as adults, while females can grown up to 2.5 inches. They can tolerate a fair range when it comes to temperature and humidity, due to the seasonal fluctuations of their natural habitat. In captivity, they should do fairly well between 70°F and 85°F, and around 60% relative humidity (RH).
Mantids currently for sale are L5/L6 nymphs, andare currently eating hydei fruit flies, or small blue bottle flies. Be sure to have the proper prey items on hand when your mantis arrives.