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  2. Foxhill

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  3. Im glad I bought the kids a PS4, because keeping mantids is long, hard work! 🤣

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Lol :)

      - MantisGirl13

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  5. We have an adult Iris!! She's gorgeous! Pictures will come soon!

    1. Graceface

      Graceface

      Yay! So excited for you ❤️ Can't wait to see her! 

  6. It’s party day!!!!

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    2. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      Omg such a BIG hit lol even my brother was smitten and now wants to acquire a giant species of mantis for himself. My nephew carried his new friend around on his finger pretty all day 🥰

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      And this is so awesome. What a nice gift!

    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Yay! I'm so glad he liked his gift so much. I hope he takes good care of it!!

      - MantisGirl13

       

  7. I decided to only post molt updates weekly now, but i'll make exception on one because i'm so stoked. One of my R. megaera males just molted to what I believe is i7. You can REALLY see the size difference in molts with this one. And I suspect it'll continue to be so until he's an adult. I was just wrapping up for the night and saw he'd molted. So exciting!

    Sorry for the spotty cup. Nonetheless, one can see the growth after the molt.

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    This will be his last instar spent in a deli cup.

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    This one with flash. I suppose we should see his shield become more and more prominent with each remaining molt. One can see a back leg has a curve to it. He completed the molt successfully though. It won't be an issue through his instar, i'm sure.

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Thanks! He's cute.

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Wow! Congrats on the molt! He's beautiful!

      - MantisGirl13

    4. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      The hue difference between his body and legs really comes out under flash.

      Ty. 😊

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  9. My golden Noël is doing funny stuff with her butt. Guess she's looking for love. 🤣

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      HAHAHA!

      I should've sourced a male.

      I'll be scraping dud ooths for months I think.

    3. RebelleSinner
    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Lol :) You should find her a mate!

      - MantisGirl13

  10. I'm trying to find a mantis for a new keeper... and probably myself, of course. 😁 If anyone has any available species (except ghosts/orchids), please message me. 

  11. Just ordered 5 more mantids; one for my nephew (the Chinese mantis I got him died from the thunder dome style shipping method) the spiny flower he originally requested is back in stock at my preferred place plus a couple more ghost mantis because my 5 year old just loves them. Well also keep 2 more nymph spinys besides the one that will be swapped for Spots. Spots is gonna leave with my nephew this weekend since the order won’t arrive in time BUT STILL lol Birthday crises averted! Winning? I think so lol

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      That's very sweet of you!

      Hope he enjoys Spots.

       

    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      I hope he enjoys his birthday present! And enjoy your new mantids too!

      - MantisGirl13

    3. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      🖤 thanks y’all!

  12. Spots had a molt over night!

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    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Love it!

      Your spiny is older than mine. 😍

    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Congrats on the molt!

      - MantisGirl13

  13. Happy Valentine's Day, my freaky deakies! :D

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  14. Is it just me, or do all yalls' orchid cups start to stink after just one day?

    Pheeew!

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Yeh odd. Rinsed the cup / plastic plantsies and changed the pads last night. Tonight after work, one was rank, the other was on its way.

      Washed everything up, installed two pads, and now using a mesh top vented 32oz lid.

      The two pads should retain and release moisture. Hopefully this setup will keep their cups fresh between pad changeouts.

      Maybe it's all the BSFL and waxworms they eat. Pheew!

    3. Graceface

      Graceface

      Well, they poop a LOT so that doesn't help, lol. 

      I change my cotton pads every other day and the cups will still start to smell if they aren't wiped frequently. The best routine I've developed is I mist and wipe the cups when I change the substrate every other day. Once a week, I use rubbing alcohol on a paper towel to wipe the cup instead of just distilled water. If you do this, just make sure all the alcohol fumes have evaporated before putting your mantis back. 

      I have no solid theory as to why the cups smell. I personally just assumed it was all mantis enclosures will smell due to frass and bug parts everywhere. I feel that my Ghost enclosures get smelly, too, so it's not just the Orchids. The Orchids get smelly a bit sooner, probably due to the higher humidity and temps

    4. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      I knew it had do be something. My rhombos have the same humidity regime, minus the warmth though, and they aren't anywhere NEAR as whiff as the orchids. Thanks for the info! ;)

       

  15. Our female gongy finally molted to L6!!!

    :D

     

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      These vios are fussy to hand feed.

      🤨

    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Yay!!!! Congrats on the molt! YAa, they do hate hand feeding!

      - MantisGirl13

  16. I see a pumping abdomen! Iris will molt soon! :)

    Idk if it's just me, but my phone won't allow me to type 'molt' without trying to correct it to something else! 🙃🙃🙃 Every time...🙃

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Molt .. USA

      Moult .. The rest of the anglophone world.

      Nonetheless, ive been typing molt. But... colour, harbour, labour...

  17. Proud to report that Mocha molted last and she is still, well mocha! Haha! Operation will she turn green is in effect! Iris has swollen wing buds so I know a molt is coming soon! ButterRum-Verde is living life eating flies and dubias! :)

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      How does this work @Graceface? My nymph already has a lot of green. She may lose it?

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    3. Graceface

      Graceface

      Well, she just molted, right @hysteresis? Color post molt takes a few days to sort itself out. Iris didn't turn green until L6. Bellatrix was green as of L4 and stayed that way all through her molts. It depends on a lot of factors, including genetics, humidity, temperature, and perch coloration. I would say if she is green now, she will probably stay green. 

       

    4. minomantis

      minomantis

      I agree with @Graceface! Remember ButterRum-Verde turned green a week after her molt but only after she was on a green perch and misted everyday multiple times a day. I think they change accordingly to what’s needed. When I got Iris, she was green but she has settled into a yellow green now. Many factors.

  18. I tire of hand feedings.

    There has to be a way for a Canadian to buy pupae online directly.

    I might have some BSF going in a week or two if i'm lucky. My prepupae are just starting to firm up.

    I don't know what i'm doing. 🤣

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Exciting for us, as crickets were the staple around here. My new species need flying prey, so yup.

      I'll have a meltdown once the BSF emerge. 😍

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      I just spent 40 minutes feeding about 30 mantids! I am SO tired of hand feeding!!

      - MantisGirl13

    4. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      I have hydei nymph cups tonight. 14. 🙄 

       

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  20. Our female greenie molted to L4.

    It would be cliche to name her, Green Goblin, and I said I wouldn't do ghosty names.  But Emerald - Emmy for short. Jade. Good names.

    We'll see if she stays green. Her coloration is patchy, and most prominent in the frilly leafy areas.  She's actually kinda olive green. That's a candidate for a name too. Olive.

    We'll see how she looks once her exo sets up.

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    2. Graceface

      Graceface

      Yes, ideally you wouldn't want any prey in the enclosure for a molt, however... Ive had many mantids molt perfectly fine with flies in the enclosure (house, BBF and FF). It isn't necessarily a make or break it for the molt to occur, if you follow me. 

      But yes, try to remove any flies if you know a molt is due

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      My crew molts predictably. She was next up and molted on time.

      I have three more ghosts and a spiny on my molt shelf.

      HAHA just looked over. Ghost 3 is dropping as I type this. She jumped the schedule by one day. Still, my molt shelf is for the next two molt days sequentially. Any can molt whenever they decide to. I just put them up and away from little hands.

      I love this hobby. 😁

    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Congrats on all of the molts!!! 

      - MantisGirl13

  21. Lost Boots😢 he jumped under Hubby’s boot as he was stepping...

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      I can see this happening. My rhombo was taking three foot leaps to get away from me today and nearly ended up underfoot. He needed a bit of honey on an injured eye and he wasn't having it. I won in the end.

      But the point is they can surprise you with their travel sometimes. EVEN when you're engaged in their handling.

      ❤️

       

    3. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      We were sitting at my desk chilling and I think my husband stepping into the room startled him 

    4. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Terrible happenstance 

  22. The Chinese mantis that arrived yesterday are both dead 😢 they didn’t freeze they beat the snot out of each other in transit

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      If they were shipped communally, id say someone did ye' wrong.

    2. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      Yea I’m a little peeved and I’m not shipping the buggy corpse back for credit either I’ll perfect my burnout/casting temps with them instead....won’t be pretty when finished (these guys are mangled) but it’ll be informative and less wasteful than having another pair shipped out together 

  23. I am FULL of chicken and steak fajitas. 

    That is all. 😁

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Still with teh Pennywise 🙄

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    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Lol

      - MantisGirl13

  24. Foxhill

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  25. BIG sigh of relief. My surviving bleph molted to L5!  That explains her short eating hiatus. So back to bleph business soon!

    Bummed about my rhombo with the bum eye! 😥

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Yay!!!!! Congrats on the molt! 

      - MantisGirl13

  26. My nephew’s birthday mantis; the snow storm survivor 

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  27. 🤦🏻‍♀️ oh no! It’s snowing! I’m waiting with bated breath for my nephew’s birthday mantis and my feeders to arrive!!! Pls don’t freeze!!!!  🥶 

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Yeah shipping mishaps suck.

      Well, at least there's one. 😁

    3. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      True story and I was super worried about feeders; my culture up and quit while the flies were pupating 😢 

    4. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      😂😂😂 Pants took his noms on the go 

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  28. I just swapped out the filter paper in my nymph cup lids with tulle. I wanted to increase ventilation.

    To be able to do this is this dry house, I've reverted back to a steam humidifier in the room my mantis shelf is in. Now I keep a room humidity between 40 and 50%.

    This should be far better than relying solely on cotton pads for humidity. Just a quick pump or two with my fine mister.

    I think this will be safer for my spinys in the long run.

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    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Sounds great! Congrats on the molt! Can we see some pics of the eye?

      - MantisGirl13

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      @MantisGirl13 wow, i'm getting old.  My eyes must be deteriorating, because I got in real tight with the DSLR zoom, and now I can see it's indeed damage.

      From most angles, unaided eye, you see no irregularities in the spherical surface of the eye. Just the black patch.  But as soon as I zoomed in, and more clearly in some angles of incidence than others, you can see a dimpling. The eye looks rotten. This guy, active and healthy as he otherwise appears, has a rotten eye. Maybe an injury during molt, maybe damage from a cricket. That would have been over a molt ago. I don't have any crickets nor do I have immediate plans to get any.

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    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Put some honey on it asap and it might fix itself next molt. It is indeed damage!

      - MantisGirl13

  29. Spots the Spiny Flower mantis have some noms 

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