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Old 06-15-2012, 05:22 PM   #11 
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Walking sticks are endangered here so are mantis's
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:31 PM   #12 
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Walking sticks are endangered here so are mantis's
I'm curious where you live. I know in the US there is no protection for Praying Manti, in fact the most common species (Mantis religiosa) is commercially bred for insect control in organic farms. You can literally order them by the thousands from farm supply. You are correct that Timema walking sticks are endangered, their habitat is mostly in california.

If you are not in the US it is possible that Praying Manti are endangered as there are many different species out there.
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:39 PM   #13 
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I live in Upstate NY and they are a threatened species.
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:48 PM   #14 
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I live in Upstate NY and they are a threatened species.
I think you are misinformed. Only one species of mantis (Apteromantis aptera) is threatened that I know of, and they are native to the Iberian peninsula (Spain). The ground mantis (Litaneutria minor) is also considered threatened in canada but they are quite common in the US.
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:50 PM   #15 
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Well I looked it up and they said one was threatened in Upstate NY all I can say is I want one
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:55 PM   #16 
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Here is a list of Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern species from the State of New Yorks DEC website. I didn't see it on here so you are probably okay to get one if you want.

List of Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Fish & Wildlife Species of New York State - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:00 PM   #17 
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I would be afraid of killing it. :(
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:11 PM   #18 
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Thank you for all of the help, everyone! Turns out the little thing was just molting - when I went to mist her cage yesterday morning I found her shell on the ground and she was happily munching on a cricket I had given her a couple of days before. She's eaten a couple of wingless fruit flies since then too, so I think she's good to go.
YAY! I had a feeling she was molting. Glad that was the case!

And LOL.. and of course, fruit flies would love bananas! Dunno why I didn't think of that. Perhaps because open bottles of red wine are so common in my house in summer. >> And always get 'wine buddies' floating in them..

Did you keep the shell? xD

The mantises that invade our kitchen in summer have bright red eyes. We probably get 2 or 3 a week, as we don't have bug screens and get all sorts of winged insects.. and spiders.. big ones..

I've never minded bugs in the house. I bring them in sometimes. I love it when the mantises come in though. We sit them on our hands for a bit sometimes before we take them out again, or they quickly dehydrate (or are eaten by the cat). I'm seriously thinking of keeping a vaseful of leaves to mist, just to help the ones I don't see in time to get a drink.. up high on the bench, in case of kitty.

Then I'll end up with pet bugs all over the house, as well as bettas.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:28 PM   #19 
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My brother purchased a nymph praying mantis. He is the bug expert, not me. Ironically, he is much younger than me.
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Noooo to big Aussie spiders!!! noooo (hides in the corner)
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