Mantises require live foods and won’t eat dead insects. Your mantis can eat a variety of insects, such as fruit flies, crickets, and ladybugs, as well as honey.
What do small praying mantis eat?
Young mantids should be fed on fruit flies (Drosophila sp.), aphids or other small insects. They do well if supplied with as much food as they can eat although they can last quite a while without food.
Do praying mantis eat their prey alive?
“They just hold [their prey], and they eat them while they are still alive, slowly and slowly until there is nothing left,” retired forensic ecologist Dietrich Mebs from the University of Frankfurt in Germany, who wasn’t involved with the study, told Newsweek.
Do praying mantis eat fruit?
Although some anecdotal evidence from people who keep them as pets indicate that they may eat fruit occasionally and may accept dead bugs or bits of meat. However, for the most part, they are carnivorous insects and prefer live food.