Mantis homing instinct ?

little leaf

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do mantis have a "homing instinct" - I started a breeding area for my mantis, but they hatched in a screen cage by the area I keep my outdoor chams, then I moved them about 200 yards away to their own big screen area , it was netted, and kept them all in UNTIL a big storm came, and a tree fell on it about 3 weeks ago- they were going to be for next yrs feeders, but these were breeders, not feeders, - for some reason, they all have death wishes ! they seem to have come back to the free range area, and are getting picked off faster than I can save them - Olive has eaten about all of them now- :mad: and they are getting so big I am afraid one will rip her eyes out :eek: is there any way other than re caging them to keep them away from this area or will they keep coming back because that is their hatching place?
 

nick barta

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Mantids will come to light at night, so if you have any houselights or outside lights you can turn off, that might help...or you could out a BRIGHT light out and catch them as they come to the light.:D
 

little leaf

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Mantids will come to light at night, so if you have any houselights or outside lights you can turn off, that might help...or you could out a BRIGHT light out and catch them as they come to the light.:D
well, I may just have to catch them all before there are none left- I did not know they come to light at night- thanks for the info- there are no lights at night by the chams- but I will set up a light by the original breeding area to see if I can get them to go back there - thanks for the help :) I am so sad they are being eaten so fast - one would come every time I fed the babies, and I would give it a crix almost every AM - then Olive ATE HIM :mad: :( :mad:
 
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