This page is dedicated to all the beneficial insects who guard my farm against pests, day and night. It includes research on their life cycles and how to attract them to your farm.
Praying Mantises emerge in late spring as a nymph, or as soon as the environment has warmed sufficiently. If taken indoors, they will hatch within six weeks and look like a miniature version of the adult called a nymph. After hatching, the nymphs go through several instar stages, denoted by L1 (1st Instar) to L8 (8th Instar), this is where they molt and shed their old skin as they grow. Generally they are full grown by their 8th Instar stage, which is when they develop their wings.