Praying mantises can be kept roaming around your garden or you can actually have them as pets so you can observe them more closely. Animal Scene’s Nyza Ho sat down with mantis expert Arnie Desoloc for an interview about praying mantises.
Q1:How did you learn about the praying mantis?
A:One of my nephews brought home a mantis and gave it to my son. Since I love pets and I like breeding animals, I researched how to care for praying mantises on that day; I read a lot online. Eventually, $ ]% * & # ]% % %
Q2:What made you want to have it as a pet?
A:They are not venomous, they are not noisy, they don’t need a lot of space, they are low maintenance. You can either culture or collect their food.
Q3:What is your most unforgettable experience with your praying mantis pet?
A:Many. Every time an ootheca hatches, every time there is a successful mating, this hobby takes me to places I have never been to before. While looking for a mantis one time we were in Samar I got leptospirosis!
Q4:What is the diet of your praying mantis?
A:I culture B. lateralis; it’s a kind of feeder roach most keepers have but I also have different types of feeder [roaches] depending on the size and requirements of the mantis. I also collect grasshoppers. butterflies, fruit flies, and bottle flies as some species of mantis are very picky eaters; some only (take)flying prey.
Q5:Do you recommend praying mantis for beginner insect keepers? Why or Why not?
A:Absolutely yes; young and old can have a pet mantis. There are beginner mantis species and there are challenging species for expert keepers.
Q6:What were the challenges that you faced in keeping praying mantises?
A:Breeding the exotic species; that’s the challenge.
Q7:What are the tips that you can give to aspiring mantis keepers?