I'm sure a lot of you know I have a bit of a reputation on here for catching and keeping all manner of creatures & critters. I now have another one. A praying mantis. She's a female Carolina mantis and will eat from our hands; she has a nice cage setup that my 10-year-old daughter built. I'll post photos of the cage soon.
Here's the thing:
She only eats when you hold her in your hand and dangle her live prey in front of her. She won't catch it herself
And, she favors moths and katydids that WE have to catch...while refusing $10.00 pet store crickets which we had to release.
Anyone know why she has these quirks?