After getting her comfortably settled in to her new home, we zipped off to the pet store for crickets. Even after doing a little Internet research, I wasn't sure how much she would eat, so we bought a dozen crickets- the large ones, which really are not as large as I expected them to be. We haven't had a pet mantis before, and I assumed that if I put all the crickets in with her she would eat what she wanted and the others would roam around until she felt like a snack. Voracious doesn't begin to describe Millie and carnage doesn't do the scene enough justice. Needless to say, the crickets didn't make it to nightfall. I cleaned assorted half-eaten limbs out of her cage the next day.
Millie has a beautiful new house- I'll put up a new picture. During the day she has a great view out the kitchen window. At night we move her to the kitchen island where it's a bit warmer.
My husband has been on the lookout for nice, juicy (or what we assume to be juicy) bugs for Millie. Just the other day, he caught a really big katydid. She caught it and ate it all up except for it's legs and wings.
There is a good chance that Millie will lay eggs. If so, she could lay up to 6 egg sacs, each containing up to 350 eggs. Things could get very interesting!