I have one Acromantis Formosana ootheca which was laid between 20-27/03/08. I am keeping it at around 25*C and about 60-70% humidity.
30+ nymphs hatched out of my ootheca. I will sell about half and keep the rest untill I have 2.3.
Today I split the nymphs in to 4 groups each containg about 10 nymphs. They are beginning to eat.
The nymphs are beginning to moult to L2
Nymphs are all L4/L5.
I have one ootheca and two adult males of Odontomantis Planiceps. The ootheca was layed between 25-30/03/08. I am keeping the ootheca at around 25*C and about 60-70% humidity.
The ootheca hatched around 15 nymphs, they are too fast to count. I will get a picture of them in there enclosure tomorrow.
Here they are in their enclosure.
And here is one of the nymphs.
I have had significant losses of nymphs with species, I am down to about my last 5/6, so I have seperated them.
I am now down to 4 nymphs.
The nymphs have moulted to L2.
All nymphs are L3
Nymphs are all L4/pre sub adult.
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I haven't posted in a while... a few new things though.
First off, an orchid female molted to adult. Second female should molt any day now....
A quick picture - and then I let her dry herself off in peace.
An O. scudderi ooth hatched - one nymph. Hopefully this is the early bird, not the survivor!
Looks just like mama!
Remated the ant female with the male, who died a week later. He did not live very long...
Also, I got lots of feeder insects coming this week, a Tarachodes pair, and an orchid male in the coming month.
I've also got a bunch of ootheca incubating: hopefully I see more activity with the O. scudderi ootheca(e). My brunner's ooth still hasn't hatched, should any day now as it has been in incubation for about 3-4 months. The Yersiniops ooth zipper is darkening, as well as the ant ooths, and time creeps by slowly for my Acromantis, Miomantis, and paradoxa oothecae.
I was not expecting my male ant to molt to an adult.
He is so tiny!
On a side note, the blue bottle pupae have finally started to hatch and the orchids have started eating again.
Also lost a P. ocellata female to old age, RIP.
Both the male orchids died.
After the first one died, I tried feeding the second. Forcefeeding, handfeeding, and dependent feeding for the mantis all failed. He simply would not eat. Crickets, moths, and flies were all refused.
He died 4 days later.
Guess I might have to sell the females or continue this hopeless searching for a male. Maybe I should give up and start over with an ootheca.
The blog system is finally up, excellente. Thanks Peter.
Seems like orchids are being pursued nowadays. My females are a couple day old subadults. Lost an adult male already, probably from old age or maybe even starvation (though I doubt it, he was fed a cricket head every week). I have one remaining adult one, which I think will die before my females molt into adults and mature. Currently keeping females at 80 degrees, male at 70. I am hopeful to buy another orchid male if this one dies before my females mature. Fingers crossed...
P. virescens continues to lay oothecae for me, 3 so far. I have yet to mate the second female with my male, which I will do so tomorrow morning since the female is now mature enough. Probably I will start selling ootheca soon.
Oxypilus are continuing to grow, some have reached a supposed L5. They are so tiny, even at this stage It is hard to believe they will mature in 2-3 molts. IF they mature in that time period, that is, since I gave up counting their instars. Below, one of the females that I managed to sex at L5(?). Still tiny as ever, as you can see with the quarter comparison.
My female budwing's last molt turned out not too great. Now she is crippled, but seems to be able to catch prey and function semi-normally. I have ordered a backup female in case this one decides to kick the bucket.
A Tarachodes sp ooths recieved from Poland and Yersiniops sophronicum ooths (2) are still incubating. Mold got to the Tarachodes one during shipping, since the paper towel was damp. Hopefully it hatches.