All Cheeky Mantis orders (with the exception of livefood) are sent out via Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm
*The guaranteed arrival time aspect of this service is Royal Mail responsibility and The Cheeky Mantis is not responsible for any late deliveries. However my Live Arrival Guarantee still applies.*
Orders will be dispatched every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. All orders need to be placed by 10am for same day dispatch. Any placed after 10am will be dispatched the following day.
I will no longer be dispatching orders on Wednesday unless pre-arranged. I'm happy to accommodate workers who will have nobody home and specifically need their mantis deliveries for arrival on Thursday.
Any orders placed Thursday after 10am go out on the following Monday unless requested otherwise.
Dry goods orders maybe dispatched earlier than anticipated if I can squeeze them into that days' dispatch.
During the colder months I use heat-packs which will help your mantis feel nice and snug on their journey to you.
All Live mantis orders will be dispatched Special Delivery with Royal Mail. All orders containing dry goods, enclosures or pupae will be sent Royal Mail First Class or an equivalent service with DPD or parcel force.
Delivery info for Winter/Spring
**** If the temperature drops below 0c at any time day or night, I will postpone all livestock dispatches until the weather improves. Even with a heat pack, the extremely low temperatures are too much of a risk to the safety of our mantis as heat packs have been known to cease working below zero.
In this event I will contact all buyers the night before, or post an update on my Facebook page if I feel a delayed dispatch is the safest course of action. November through to April can be very wintery and postponed sends outs are likely, so please take this into consideration before purchase. Thankyou.***
Delivery Info for Summer
When temperatures are soaring above 26c I may postpone sending out your order due to the risk of your mantis overheating in the post. Welfare of the mantis comes first and will always keep you updated as to an alternative send out date during heat waves via email or announce any delays on my Facebook page.
Unfortunately I only ship live mantis within the UK.
All orders made intended for delivery outside of the UK will be Cancelled. I only feel comfortable using Royal Mail Special Delivery as I can track where your mantis is in the post and the service is very quick and reliable for the most part.
I am happy to arrange shipping for all dry goods and enclosures worldwide with prior arrangement as the cost of shipping will be higher than that of a UK postage.
Pickups from Shows and my home in Basildon, Essex are most welcome with prior arrangement ;)
Hi there! A bit about me...
I bought my first mantis at the age of 15, she was a Sphodromantis species called Delilah. That little green predatory bug introduced me to the wonderful world of mantis and I've been hooked ever since. I dabbled in breeding a handful of species as a hobbyist for years until deciding to go bigger with my passion. And so in April 2018...The Cheeky Mantis was born.
My aim is to produce healthy, ethically raised Captive-bred mantis and help others discover the wonders of mantis keeping.
I live in Essex and trade at Invertebrate and Reptile Shows all across the UK. Check out the Shows section to find out when and where the next shows are happening. Thank you for reading and hope to see you soon Cheekies!