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Raising praying mantises
The insect pictured probably is a grasshopper or katydid and not a mantis unfortunately. I could probably get you an ID of it with clearer pictures and your location. As for losing a limb most insects will grow news ones as they shed. In terms of mantises it can take a few sheds for it to come back to full size and functionality. If it loses a limb near or after its last shed it will not grow back.The caveat of the metal mesh most relates to modifying existing cages. If you have a pre-made metal mesh lid, there are no broken and exposed wire ends, and the mantis isn't get it's limbs caught in it you are fine. With larger cages make sure that it does eat. Mantises are ambush predators and often can miss food in larger cages and starve as a result.To feed a mantis hold wiggly food (like a moth or cricket, wax worms are hard) with a pair of long tweezers in front of the mantis. When you approach the mantis come from the front and bellow and avoid coming straight on or from the above. Hold the prey grasping distance in front of the mantis until it has seized the prey. Once it has a hold (not before) let go of the prey. They can sometimes grab the tweezers, this isn't a big deal or problem, just slowly pull them away from the mantis' grasp. If it continues to refuse food try a similar approach but dip the prey in honey and then gently touch the mantis' mouth with the prey.
Very informative! Thank you! I just got an "Little Lady" Orchid plant as a gift & to my delight there is a little Mantis in it! It's CRAZY because I JUST became a "1st time Mantid Mom" about 4 weeks ago to a larger Mantid that I found on my spider plant. That one recently molted, nearly doubled in size, yet lost is right hand. I have a few questions:Will it grow is hand back? It's having trouble hunting (& I've tried hand feeding with no luck)How do I determine what species the new one is. .. (pic attached)My first Mantid is in a fairly large teranium with a screen top. I just read that this is the wrong enclosure, however it did molt & seems happy...... do I need to make it a new home?
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