Carolina Mantis
(
Stagmomantis carolina)
Size:                 ♂   5-6 cm      ♀   6-8 cm

Food:                Flying insects, crickets, roaches,

Temperature:        Day: 80-90 F     Night: 65-75F

Humidity:        60%

Hatching rate:        40-80 nymphs

Carolina mantis is one of the couple dozen native species existed in the USA. They are generally green in color but you can find so
many different colors for this species especially when they are adult, which make an interesting species to rear. This species matured
into adult early Summer and continue to lay oothecae until early winter when the cold weather killed most of them. So they only live for a
year, while spending 5-6 months as adult.

I first received some wild caught Carolina oothecae in 2004 during winter. The ootheca appeared to have been through a cold period
which is common for this species in the wild. However, after a month, instead of finding hatchling in the incubation cage, dozens of
parasitic wasps emerged from the ooth (Grrrr I hate them!). Therefore, it is obvious that the oothecae have been infested by the
parasitic wasp larvae which matured much sooner than the developing mantis larvae in the oothecae. But I didn’t give up hope, and
after 3 months since I started incubating, 15 nymphs hatched out!! The ootheca continued to hatch for 2 weeks with few nymphs
emerged every day. So never give up on ootheca that has been infested by parasitic wasp since not all the eggs in the ootheca are
infected in any case. Nymphs develop different color morph as early as L3, I have seen brown, yellowish brown, dark brown, gray, and
purple gray color nymphs but most of the nymphs are green. They continue to accept all kinds of food including crickets, wild caught
flying insects, and roaches.   

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