Mantises! II: The Revenge

Because you demanded it (wait, didn’t you demand it?) the Alcott family has taken it upon itself to raise another army of mantises. The first of two (two!) egg sacs hatched yesterday and we freed most of them into the garden to devour insects smaller than themselves, but kept a dozen or so to cavort in a tiny terrarium. The result — baby pictures!  Each mantis is about 2cm long.  Click to see mantid cuteness closer up.hitcounter


18 Responses to “Mantises! II: The Revenge”
  1. eronanke says:


    I wish I could just pop out and buy a mantis egg sack. lol

  2. marcochacon says:

    Sooon … Soooon your army will be ready.


  3. medox says:

    Adorable and terrifying.

  4. gillan says:


    I didn’t know you could do that.

    • Todd says:

      And you can too! Many garden stores will sell you a mantis egg sac, which people buy to put in their gardens, as mantises eat many garden pests — and look righteous and awesome whilst doing so.

  5. I don’t know nothin’ ’bout rearin’ no mantises, but won’t they end up eating each other?

    • Todd says:

      Until we get them some wingless fruit flies (which can be bought, fyi, at finer pet stores), yes, they will eat each other. That’s how you end up with a handful of pet mantises rather than a gazillion pet mantises.

  6. And they all sound like Jonathan Harris.

  7. mikeyed says:

    Show your strength now, Alcott!

    Kill the alpha male.

  8. teamwak says:

    Cool! I did enjoy the adventures of your brood last time. 🙂

    I hope there is another breakout star like Hoppy to charm us!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Oh my god! They are so beautiful! It’s why the nature gods send mantis eggs to the Alcotts for their gentle incubation.