Your baby mantises will emerge from their ootheca within 12 weeks. Here's how to help ensure you have a successful egg case.
- Suspend the egg case in the Hatching Plant Egg case holder. If you do not have a Hatching plant, you can suspend the egg case with a stick with a fork in it like this.
- Maintain the egg case at room temperature.
- Do not expose it to sunlight or drafts.
- Provide humidity by misting the enclosure (do not mist the egg case directly) dehydration is one of the main reasons an egg case will fail.
- Do not jostle the ootheca.
- Be patient! We know it's tough to wait but sometimes it takes a while for the nymphs to emerge. It can take up to 12 weeks for the ootheca to hatch.
- When your nymphs are emerging from the egg case, do not disturb the habitat.
- Do not touch the hatchlings when they are emerging as they are very fragile at this time.
- Once the baby mantids have emerged, release them into your garden.