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Insect Lore Praying Mantis Pagoda – Giveaway

Being a Insect Lore Buggin Blogger brand ambassador we don’t know what may come to our door next. I was however a little curious about the Praying Mantis Pagoda that arrived just 3 weeks ago. It’s Insect Lore’s newest addition it it’s live bug lineup and our family wasn’t sure what to make of the egg case that came along with it.

insect lore grow baby praying mantis pagoda

So we hung the egg case inside the Asian themed habitat and waited. Did you know? 75 to 200 nymphs hatch from any one egg case! We waited around for about three weeks, I looked yesterday and nothing had happened and then. It happened! The entire habitat was filled with little mantises.

insect lore preying mantis egg case

We followed the instructions and released all but a few of the mantises. Being that they eat insects they will eat one another, so we’re looking for small insects to feed them. We even found out that our mantis can get up to 6 inches long! My husband is promising to feed them so maybe as it gets warmer we can release our mantis into our backyard and let him live happily eating bugs.

lot of baby preying mantis

 

I am a sponsored blogger as part of the Buggin Bloggers. Thanks to my partnership with Insect Lore my family has had some wonderful experiences seeing the lifecycles of insects.

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  7. CA Monkey Momma on February 16, 2011 at 10:26 pm

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  8. Veronica Garrett on February 16, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I would like to do Ladybug Land.



  9. Pamela S on February 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I think the Frog Bog Habitat looks fun too!
    Thanks.



  10. Jane H on February 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    My students would love to see the butterfly garden. The metamorphisis from caterpillar to butterfly is amazing. Thanks for the opportunity to win.



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  15. Justine on February 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I checked out Insect Lore and I would also love to do their Butterfly Pavilion with live Caterpillars!



  16. Brittany Jerding on February 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I would love to do something with butterflies! Thanks.



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  19. Gianna on February 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm

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  24. Kim H. on February 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Every year the project we do is feed bugs to the spiders that make wonderful webs on our porch. We live in the country so we get a variety of bugs.



  25. Monte on February 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    love catching fire flies with the kids !



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    i saw the butterfly celebration…what a wonderful gift idea! can you imagine the kid’s faces when
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  31. Raquel on February 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I would say my daughter would love to do the hissing coackroach or the frog one. She held one of those icky coackroach thing at a insect museum, and she just enjoyed it so much.



  32. Joy Wilson on February 15, 2011 at 12:09 am

    The grandson’s would love the earthworm nursery. What a fantastic site! I have fond memories of my parents getting mantis egg cases and us girls searching the yard looking for them after they hatched. Bugs are great fun!



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  50. Cynthia Shern on February 11, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I would like to see them do the Hissing Cockaroaches.



  51. Mary Hall on February 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    The big project for my son and I this spring and summer is our very first garden! This is the first time either of us will be planting a garden and we’ll start from the absolute beginning–from digging out the grass that’s currently there, working in fertilizer (ugh!), to planting the seeds and weeding. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that in a few months, we’ll also be harvesting the “fruits” of our labors!



  52. Monique Rizzo on February 8, 2011 at 11:23 am

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  62. Maria on February 8, 2011 at 10:06 am

    My daughter has always been interested in bugs of all kinds. She wants to save everything and make sure no one steps on them or hurts them. She cries if she sees someone accidentally step on something she just saved and will cry for them through out day.

    We got her a bug finder for her 3rd birthday so we could catch them and she could inspect bugs under the magnifying glass of the bug holder. Then we let them go after taking pictures and writing them down in a notebook. Where they were found, what they looked liked and the date.

    I can’t wait to see what she will be like when she is older. Her interest makes us more interested. We would love to do a ladybug kit with her in the future.



  63. renee on February 8, 2011 at 3:56 am

    We love catching fire flies in the summer time.



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  65. Melynda Zauner on February 8, 2011 at 2:00 am

    We have tried the lady bugs, butterflies and praying mantis’s….we loved them all!! We hope to try the earthworms, ants and frogs someday soon! Unfortunetly the day after we released our praying Mantis’es in April in Oregon it snowed the next wk….so I’m afraid we may have released to soon! But snow in Oregon in APRIL?? Happened once in my 42 yrs. here!! The kids worried about those prayin mantis’es for wks. but I assured em there was a bug heaven somewhere and that those prayin mantis’es were eatin icky aphids somewhere on our planet!! WE LOVE LOVE LOVE INSECTLORE!!! 😀



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  69. Brett on February 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Would love to work on the Butterfly Garden with my daughter.



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  74. Marci on February 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    My 8yo daughter would love this. Right now we have a Mealworm that started out as a larva and is now in the pupa stage and we are waiting for it to become an adult.

    She would also like the Ant Hill.



  75. Sarah on February 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I love the Butterfly Garden!!!!



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  78. Teresa Young on February 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    My granddaughters wouls like to hatch ladybugs ib Ladybug Land.



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  80. Melissa Zimmerman on February 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm

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  81. Diane R. on February 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm

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  82. sandra on February 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    i would like to do the Anthill With Coupon for Live Ants with them



  83. Jaclyn Reynolds on February 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    The butterfly one looks lovely! I’d love to win the praying mantis set!



  84. Carrie Gorman on February 4, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    My mom did the frogs with my kids so I’d like to do the butterflies, lady bugs, triops and crabs. I would love to win the praying mantis kit because our area has LOTS of black widows. I’ll decline on the hissing cockroaches 😛



  85. Stephanie MacDonald on February 4, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I would love to have a butterfly garden, that would be so neat to watch! nacleonu@aol.com



  86. kathy dunaway on February 4, 2011 at 8:55 am

    My kids and I would love to have the Eco-Aquarium with the two African dwarf frogs. The kit comes with everything that you need and sounds really easy to care for. The frogs would be really cool to watch. We have a pond on our property.When we first moved here 4 years ago we saw lots of frogs.My son once filled the bottom of a 20 gallon bucket with frogs that he had caught. He showed them to the family and then let them go. Every year we have seen less and less frogs.
    Thank you for the giveaway:)



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  90. Ann F on February 4, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Insect Lore is great. We have already gotten her the butterflies and now she is asking for Big Bug Magnifying Jar with Live Ladybug Larvae.

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  93. Terra Heck on February 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I’d like the Spectacular Science Insect Kit. Would be fun and educational to play with the kids. Thanks.
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  99. Gosfam on February 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    My daughters would love any of their products. Butterfly Garden, Ladybugs, or Praying Mantis Pagoda would be top 3!!



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  101. Kristie G. on February 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! My daughter just celebrated her 8th birthday on Monday. She asked me to make her a spider cake. I found a few scary and neat looking plastic spiders to put on top of her cake. It was a hit to her. She is such a bug person; always trying to catch something outside. I didn’t know this website existed, but I am so excited you brought it to our attention. Our family would probably love to try everything on the website, but our favorite would probably be the Praying Mantis Pagoda you are giving away. How neat it would be to watch a Praying Mantis up close. We homeschool our 4 children so this would definitely be beneficial and fun for our classroom.



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  111. tina page on February 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    It’s awesome you have this prize up for offer. My son and I were just on the Iscet lore site the other night trying to decide what we might get for his birthday and it came down to praying mantis or hissing cockroach habitat. I think the hissing cockroaches would be both cool and freakish. (He would certainly be able to freak out his sister!) Thank for the chance!
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  116. Cat Davis on February 2, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    That is super cool! Growing up the Praying Mantis was my favorite insect, actually it still is. I love the way they watch you. The biggest one I’ve found so far was about 4 inches long and they seem to LOVE mums!

    I think the Aloe Windowsill Kit would be pretty cool to grow with my kids to show them how to use the plant to heal and soothe sunburns, something we get plenty of around here in the summers.