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  2. Male orchid mismolted to adult. Raptor arms and mandibles covered in exoskeleton, wings messed up. Legs are fine, so he may be salvageable, but most likely not able to mate.

    :(

    - MantisGirl13

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Aww, that's awful. 💔

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      How will it eat? Did you manage to remove the exuvia from its mandibles?

    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      He's not looking great. He can't move around much and his arms are dried in an uncomfortable and cumbersome position. His mandibles are pretty messed up, so idk if he'll be able to eat.

      - MantisGirl13

  3. Last week
  4. The Ghost Mantids have been outside since Sunday and they are honestly loving it! They camouflage is just so amazing, I'm not at all worried! I just need to find a way to feed them while outside! Haha! (Don't worry, I'm watching the weather for cold nights!) 🙂

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Free roaming outside of your home? 

    2. minomantis

      minomantis

      Yes, but they stay on house plants that I keep on my porch. They aren't going anywhere.

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Is your porch screened in? 

      - MantisGirl13

  5. They hatched!!! I’m up to my ears in Tenodera sinensis!!! 

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Congrats on the hatch! I hope you have fruit flies ready!

      - MantisGirl13

    2. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      Yes they finally got hungry today too! They’re so stinking cute!!!

  6. PlayingMantis

    My mantises

  7. My love is at work today. 

    So, the Egg Hunt and getting the bird on falls squarely to me. 

    Kids looked shell-shocked getting up this morning. Well, Cameron did. LoL. 

    But here they are after completing the egg hunt. It's been rainy (ground is wet and squishy) so the hunt was inside. 

    Happy Easter Moms and Dads! Happy Easter all! 

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Fun! Happy Easter! 

      - MantisGirl13

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      They each took in a pretty good haul.

      ☺️👍

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Looks like they did!

      - MantisGirl13

  8. Wow! I just realized I've been on this forum for a year and four days now! It seems more like five years!

    - MantisGirl13

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Nothing. LoL. 

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Sorry for the short answer. My wife sprayed me with the kitchen sink flex nozzle as I walked by and soaked me, so I just went on ahead and showered. LMAO. She's crazy tonight. Hehe. 

      Just saying this is a silly back and forth. We all know you are... Our Lady of the Mantis. 🙌

      😂

    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      I give up.

      - MantisGirl13

  9. I'm bored... Sitting and watching a mounted but not mating pair of spinys is really boring. Especially when the male isn't even attempting a connection!

    -MantisGirl13

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      I should be there in a month or two myself. Sit and wait is great compared to what I'm used to these days.

  10. Earlier
  11. I deleted some pics but alas I’m still at my limit lol one of the baby ghosts (Sienna) has the most striking coloring and I wanted to share lol

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Download the pics on photobucket or imgur and you can post them on here.

      - MantisGirl13

    2. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      Ty for the tip 

  12. Bummer. I had a male majuscula in the mail ready for my female, and right before she gets here she gets weak and is dying. She won't move her mandible so I can't feed her anything. 

    The male is here now, but the female is on her way out.

    There goes my only chance to breed!

    - MantisGirl13

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    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      The male is adorable though! I'm still bummed about the girl. 

      - MantisGirl13

    3. Bentis

      Bentis

      Sorry to hear about that.  Murphy's law in action.

    4. Graceface

      Graceface

      Oh, that's a bummer. So sorry about your female

  13. I was so sorry to read this. I hope Curly will find a mate very soon. He may live for another month or two for you.

    Good luck on the search.

     

  14. I've found this 'Bug Catcher' I bought from the supermarket Highly Useful for the Mantid Game.. Priceless!!

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Cool! How does it work?

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      its a simple idea that green button slides the green plastic bit forwards and back. You trap the bug under the transparent bit and slide the green bit closed.  its a step better than using a cup and sliding paper underneath. 

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      That's really smart! I wonder where I could get one...

      - MantisGirl13

  15. Buggy grew up overnight!

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Yay! Congrats on the molt!

      - MantisGirl13

    2. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      Ty! Leafy followed her up last night too lol it’s very exciting around here I’ve got adults popping up all over and my baby ghosts are now big enough to easily photo and sex! 

  16. Hosting Caleb's 7th BDay party today.

    All our mantises dressed to the 9s.

    👊🤣

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      8 kids came throught this here shizzy. In typical Chris fashion, I gutloaded them up with orange crush, chocolate, candy, and ice cream. I shook em up, then sent them home. 👊🤣

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      He loeoeoeoeves the dark side. 🙄

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      He's right into Cthulhu now.

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    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Aww, he so cute! Looks like you had fun! (And a TON of hyper kids)

      - MantisGirl13

  17. @omar morsy, @Aristalochia...

    Wassup? Long time!

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      The frills on their backs. If theyre wide, with fringy margin along the sides are female. Less wide and not so much of a fringy margin along the sides are male.

      Wide crowns with maybe one kink are females. Narrower crowns with a more pronounced kink and/or maybe two kinks are male.

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Glad to see you respond, brother.

      👊😎

       

    4. omar morsy

      omar morsy

      Thanx man this is a huge help! As always! 

       

      If ever you visit Montreal please let me know :)

  18. Nice to see pupae from a 'new cup' eclosing. To me, this means my process is becoming more reliable. If so, I should see it pop strong this weekend sometime.

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Wow. Woke up to a fly boom.

      Good times. Good times! 

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Holy!   Boom is an understatement. If this keeps up, ill have a good hundred or more by days end. Ill be sure to stagger the pupae from my next cups.

      Good thing I can refrigerate flies. Most of my mantises are FULL.

  19. Sick AGAIN!! I think I've been sick more times this winter than any other winter. Just a cold this time, but I've had a headache all day and am really tired. 

    I fed most of the mantids today, and I think my G. African female will molt soon because she would not accept food no matter how hard I tried!

    - MantisGirl13

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    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Ya, we're supposed to have nice weather tomorrow. I'll be inside mating mantids though.

      - MantisGirl13

    3. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      Hope you’re feeling better 

    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      I am, thanks!

      - MantisGirl13

  20. Bellatrix went to the big terrarium in the sky today 😭 She was my favorite Ghost, my lil green bug eating machine. I woke to find her barely hanging from the tulle in her enclosure. I tried to give her some water or honey, but she was pretty far gone and was just striking at things out of instinct. I held her and thanked her for being my friend, then put her in the freezer. 

    R.I.P Bellatrix: you were a special lady and a great mantis

    She laid 7 oothecca and lived 4 months as an adult ❤️

     

    1. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      Wow that’s amazing! Condolences about your awesome friend 

    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      RIP Bellatrix! She had a good life. Sorry for your loss!

      - MantisGirl13

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Aww. Im sorry, Grace. 😔

  21. If everything goes well, ill have two sexed pairs of i4/i5 orchids next week.

     

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      That's awesome!!!!!!

      - MantisGirl13

  22. “A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I’m going home.” 

    S VI   E VIII

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      @Charoozz520 very.

      And yes, I have the tshirt with Tyrion's line.

      Im 49 and when my Mom and Dad see me wearing that tshirt, they get mad! 🤣

    3. Charoozz520

      Charoozz520

      :D @hysteresis  it's an amazing show, I actually read all 5 books before/during the beginning of the show and was obsessed with it through college, have multiple shirts myself and even...my college dorm door was covered:

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    4. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Yeh Ive listened to the audiobooks several times right through. Too bad he hasnt finished the books.

      Another series I love is The Dark Tower by Stephen King

  23. Well, I thought my orchid gal was subadult because she was L7 and Graceface said that female orchids are adult at L8, but it turns out she molted again (to sub this time) and she is HUGE! Pictures to come.I

    - MantisGirl13

  24. The little things in life ❤....

    Like touching a HOT IR emitter with a finger or tender underside of your arm. ❤

    😵

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Ouch! Are you ok?

      - MantisGirl13

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Yeh. Battle scars with hot sp.

      Im just a whiny baby. 🤣

      Thx 😊

  25. My spikes are hitting 4 to 5 weeks, and ill be tapping into the last 250 of 1000. This weekend. I figure I have fed at least 300 spikes by hand (not really by hand  as with most, I just laid spikes out and the mantises just pluck them up).

    I figure ive mismanaged about 250 spikes experimenting. Oh well. Theyd have died as prey anyway. LoL.

    I have about 250 in process currently. So far, pupates are eclosing in 1 to 2 weeks at room temperature. Light misting is a must for me here or they just dry out.

    Hopefully the last batch still produces. I took the last cup out for warmth and air, and theyre still wiggling with vigor.

    Should I feed these spikes some mush, or pupate them all at once? Or keep batching them out in cups?

     

  26. Leafy munching some Dubia 

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Yum! Nom nom 😛

      - MantisGirl13

  27. Flies..... Flies everywhere....

    😎👍

     

  28. Ahhhh. Remember Lola Religiosa?

    I'll be taking her ooth out of diapause soon. Hopefully it turns out to be fertile. Even if just a few nymphs drop, my heart will soar!

    Buncha lil' Lolas scurrying after springtails and melanogasters in a deli cup?! 😍

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