Today I tried to breed Humble & Humor and wow it was an epic fail. Thank goodness for @MantisGirl13 walking me through the process. Sadly there was no connection so at this point still no babies so we will try again tomorrow. Poor Humble was almost eaten several times smh so that was an adrenaline rush, he really tried but the female wasn't having it. So today I learned you need to have a lot of patience for the breeding aspect of this hobby and not to get so attached to the males Thankfully Humble is alive and well but I'm a bit worried about tomorrows try. I will never be able to leave them alone!!
Before I get into my new cultures, I would like to talk about the cultures I thought had crashed.
Of my old cultures, I made two D. Melanogaster and 4 D. Hydei.
The D. Melanogaster flourished, are still producing and are what I used to start my two new ones. The D. Hydei to my eyes crashed and all the fruit flies died.
When making new ones I decided to keep two of the old crashed ones so I could continue to watch. My biggest curiosity was to see if/when mites devolved.
Today while checking my new cultures I give the old two a glance and to my surprise, they were both teaming with babies all adults are dead so I really didn't think I would see this. So I will see if we can get them producing. So more updates to come.
On to the new cultures.
After figuring out why my old cultures died out, I decided to start again with a new culture recipe. I took out a few of the things I used in my last cultures and added a few new things. I also used a blender this time and hot water. Another change was allowing the cultures to sit overnight before adding the fruit flies.
After letting the cultures sit overnight, I noticed they were really runny so after posting and getting the all clear lol I added cornmeal as a thickener. So far the cultures look great and there has been no die off, but it's only been three days.
If all goes well I will be doing an update in one week
I have updated my mantis collection! I just got two new L2-L3 Brunneria borealis (Brunner's mantis!), and ten budwings, all from Patty. That makes my current collection a whole lot bigger! I am getting ready to spend my summer in a campground in Northeast, Maryland. The mantids will have their own tent, and all the luxuries and freshly caught food that a mantis could want. I am hoping to get orchid mantids this summer, too! I am looking forward to the summer, and all of the fun I will be having, freaking people out when I walk into a public place with a mantis on my shirt. (Cause who doesn't love to do that?)
I am kind of new to the forum right now, but I am not new to the mantis collecting hobby. I have five L6 Phyllocrania paradoxa, and one L5 Phyllocrania paradoxa. I have two L5 female Sphodromantis gastrica, one L5 Gongylus gongylodes, one L3 Tenodera sinensis, a pre-sub or sub-adult female Miomantis paykulii, and one sub-adult female Blepharosis mendica. I am getting eight new mantids from Patty on Wednesday: a male Miomantis paykulii, five L2-3 budwings, and two L2-3 Brunneria borealis. I will post pictures when I can get a camera (soon!).
People say a praying mantis cant have human emotions,
Maybe that's true.
But how do we define emotion?,
the hate that wars bring out in people. The separation that this election caused?,
the fact that a lot of people care about themselves?
That were divided?
I can see more emotion in Hope and Bugsey then most humans.
Maybe its us that doesn't know how to show emotion.
Just because one cant talk,
doesn't mean their words are unheard.
Bugsey responded to music he was crawling on my hand, i started singing and he stopped and started grooming himself. I sang a song for him, his eyes jerked to me when i said his name. When I went to put him back he dipped down licking my hand.
My aunt made this.
The moment you spend almost an hour singing Disney songs and other songs to your praying mantis, whose actually swaying to the music.
When you look at yourself and think, man i really don't have a life XD.
So today was the day, I finally got my Praying mantis. He's the most adorable baby praying mantis i have ever seen. I ended up naming him Bugsey. He's still quite skittish but I will work on that. It might take awhile but I am gonna do what i can to earn his trust.
He ended up making an escape route today, haha about gave me a heart attack, he jumped at me. I couldn't find him. Couldn't for half an hour. Then I took the towels down from the shower and gently shook it, out he came. He's such a good jumper. Lol. The way he looked at me I have never seen an Insect with such human emotion.
I got him some fake flowers and a stick. Or i might find one outside for you. I don't know.
Well that's Bugsey's first day :).
Hi there so im gonna get some giant Asian mantis and planning to do a jungle setup for and thinking of adding either waterfall or pond or both waterfall and pond but not sure if the praying mantis would be clever enough to avoid it. So jope someone can help
Chinese mantis, Tenodera sinensis is very common mantis in South Korea.
So I can see them on grass, near the river, mountain etc..
And Tenodera sinensis is the biggest maintis in South Korea.
It can grow 8~10cm (≒ 3~4 inches)
Conocephalus japonicus (Redtenbacher, 1891)
▲ Sound of 'Conocephalus japonicus' (Click)
It sounds 'sik,sik,sik,sik...'
Length : male 14-16mm, female 17-22mm
I can see them in August-November in Korea.
I found information online that further explains molts. Here's what was stated:
L1 = Develops inside the egg
L1/H = Hatches
M1/L2 = Has 1st Molt, is at Larval Stage 2
M2/L3 = Has 2nd Molt, is at Larval Stage 3
M3/L4 = Has 3rd Molt, is at Larval Stage 4
M4/L5 = Has 4th Molt, is at Larval Stage 5
M5/L6 = Has 5th Molt, is at Larval Stage 6
M6/L7 = Has 6th Molt, is at Larval Stage 7
M7/L8/Immature Adult = Has 7th Molt, is at Larval Stage 8, is Sexually Immature
Mature Adult = Is Fully Grown, is Sexually Mature
So I was right about most of it, such as when they first hatch they are at L1. The only thing I didn't know of is that going from an immature adult to a mature adult counts as a life stage, so my Tenodera sinensis' and Angustipennis' had 9 life stages rather than 8, but have molted the same amount of times as I predicted.
So, Zeep will be at M7/L8, an Immature Adult, once he molts for this last time. Then in about 3 weeks he'll be a Fully Grown, Mature Adult.
Unfortunately, the Immature Adult female I had, Curious Georgina, mis-molted and is now deceased. So he doesn't have another Sinensis to mate with. Though, I have a Mature Adult female Angustipennis which he could possibly breed with. Would they be compatible, and would the female lay a fertile ootheca afterward? Would it look like a Sinensis ootheca or an Angustipennis ootheca? Would it look like a combination of both? I imagine it is definitely a possibility that it would work out, as they are of the same genus. Though, it would be important that I kept the nymphs and did not release them into the wild as this is actually illegal. I would literally be the creator of a new species and if released, they think it may cause problems. I would think that unlikely but I will follow the rules none-the-less and refrain from releasing any nymphs into the wild. Or selling them. I wonder what I would name the species? Let's first take the species' names and figure out their definitions. "Sinensis" means "native to China" in Latin and "Angustipennis" means "having a narrow wing". So let me find the latin word for... "hybrid". Which is "hybrida". If it truly worked, that's what I would name the species. Tenodera hybrida.