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  1. 6 points
    Busy day here today! Yesterday I spent a few hours cleaning cages and moving mantids and ooths to bigger cages for molting, hatching, etc. I'm so glad I did all that yesterday, because I had one of the ooths (G. amoena) hatch out today (2 nymphs so far). One of the ghosts molted to subadult! She is so pretty! (Pictures coming) I also fed my green anoles and finally got the picky eater to eat a mealworm.
  2. 4 points
    Iris and ButterRum-Verde has a little altercation this morning. Put them on the same plant and Iris felt threatened. They sized each other up for a little. Iris even almost opened her wings. I have to remember that ghosts are semi communal! It was interesting to see this behaviour though! Watching a mantis with wings display vs. a mantis without wings.
  3. 3 points
    Can't wait till tomorrow! I am going to the Philly Insectarium with a friend of mine. They have mantids!! - MantisGirl13
  4. 3 points
    My last day of being 13 years old! I hope I get mantids and a good camera for my birthday tomorrow!! - MantisGirl13
  5. 3 points
    Well. I guess I didnt need to post that farwell update so quickly since I haven't "left" yet and probably will be in contact for a while! I am saying a prayer for all of you trying to get some mantises bred and hatching ooths and all of that good stuff! I dont know why I am even posting this other than I am so excited I finally am a Flower Mantis on my rank! I haven't checked in a while so I was super excited to see that πŸ˜†
  6. 3 points
    Utah has become an adult! She molted overnight last night and is on the lid of her enclosure, hanging and generally looking beautiful. I will take photos later at feeding/care time. I also have pics of Gustav, I just didn't get them on Photobucket as yet.
  7. 2 points
    Many of my remaining BSFL are very small. So, I figured i'd add something to eat. Wow. Just a few hours and they're well into this slice of cucumber!
  8. 2 points
    My husband caught some horse flies in our powered shop. We don't know where they are coming from, and can't locate the source as yet. It's probably a dead rat somewhere in the walls (ew!), but who am I to look a gift horse fly in the mouth! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ I put a video of Utah catching one on my IG. I tried to link it here but it didn't work. I'll have to get a Dropbox and try that
  9. 2 points
    Another good morning in the Mantis household! ButterRum-Verde is on the verge of a molt! Iris and Mocha took down a dubia today and they were on the bigger side. Although she has one arm, Iris is still very fierce! Love my mantids! Happy Friday everyone!
  10. 2 points
    It's a good day. All mantises still alive. πŸ€ͺπŸ‘Œ
  11. 2 points
    Our oldest spiny molted to i6. My youngest boy jumped up on the couch to get at eye level, and sang her happy birthday. This is not the 1st molt he's done that for, but it's still special everytime he does it. 😍
  12. 2 points
    Gustav finally molted to adult last night. Came home from work to find him with wings. It's about time! Now, if only Arthur would take a cue from his brother 😊 Utah is still hanging and looking molty, so she will hopefully molt today. I also have a female orchid who is about to molt to subadult, and is looking ready to molt any second. Hopefully, she will molt tonight, too.
  13. 2 points
    It was a good morning in the mantis household! Iris ate her first real meal after molting which was a good sized dubia! She is a one armed wonder!😊 ButterRum-Verde also had a roach which I was surprised about. Her wings are in the prepuff stage and I guess only the mantis keepers of a long time would understand that idea, but I'm trying to fatten her up before she stops eating! Mocha demolished two flies today and it was so impressive! Haha! Love them!
  14. 2 points
    Still no connection with Xena and any male. I have 4 adult male Orchids, though I'm shocked Domenic is still alive. He has lost a leg from age (he lost the tarsi first, then the rest) and only rarely eats, but is still kicking. I haven't been trying him as a breeder, thinking he is too old, but idk I'm new to breeding! Utah is due to molt to adult any day now, and I have 3 more subs right behind her, a presub, and 2 L5s. So, soon I will have a whole slew of adult female Orchids! Impatiently waiting for Arthur and Gustav, the male Ghosts, to molt to adult. It's been almost 8 weeks since they hit sub. Declan should also molt to adult soon
  15. 1 point
    Whenever you hear about alien abductions you often hear about 'things growing in tanks', Doesnt sound like the Extra Terrestrials have improved on the Tank Method
  16. 1 point
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  17. 1 point
    Barbie molted to adult last night! I came home from work to find her in all her glory, and let me tell you, she is big! Definitely bigger than her sisters I believe she molted an additional time as a juvenile, has anyone ever had this happen? I am certain she was an L2 at purchase, and she has molted 7 times in my presence, becoming an adult at L9 instead of L8 like all my others (her sisters included). This may be why she is substantially larger as an adult. Is this common? It got me thinking I should take photos of my girls next to a ruler, for reference. Also, I hope she is receptive to breeding! Old man Domenic is still alive, though he has lost a second leg now. I keep expecting to find him dead, or keeled over but he is still hanging in there and eating so I guess he is okay!
  18. 1 point
    Been away for a minute dealing with baby daddy drama but check out this gorgeous gal! Buggy molted into sub adult (her little boyfriends need to hurry up and catch up lol) and we are all stunned at how pretty she is!
  19. 1 point
    Lilly molted to adult last night! Pictures to come 😊
  20. 1 point
    Pants has molted into a sub adultπŸ–€
  21. 1 point
    Xena won't seem to allow a connection with any of my males. Last night, Xander rode her around for 6 hrs giving her back massages and no connection. I'm losing hope that I will be able to mate her. Maybe Utah will be more cooperative in a few weeks when she is mature enough Hop on over to my Instagram to see Xander put on the moves and Xena shut him down! Also a vid of Utah in my story
  22. 1 point
    I think Spring has finally sprung here in North England and the flowers are coming out with milder weather and sun. I've been cleaning all the stones and plant pots in the yard and getting the horticultural creative ideas moving forward. I even had Ezi the Orchid with me outside while I was sat working scrubbing down all the stones and containers. I think she had a great time with me and it was her only experience of the world outdoors to date in captivity.
  23. 1 point
    Arthur is finally molting to adult...right now! He is inflating his wings as we speak ❀️ It's about damn time, too. I was starting to get concerned
  24. 1 point
    They have arrived! My kiddos are gonna be super excited when I get them from school
  25. 1 point
    Gongylus gongylodes (Violin Mantis) Introduction: Gongylus gongylodes is a mantis in the Empusidae family. They are native to India, Java, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Adults reach about 4-4Β½ in total length, males being on the smaller side.(brancsikia339) Their much rarer relative, Gongylus trachelophyllus, occurs only in India, and it seems that these don't exist in culture as of now.(brancsikia339) They go by many common names so it is best not to trust these (Other than violin mantis, its most common name): violin mantis, wandering violin mantis, wandering rose mantis, dead leaf mantis, stick mantis, Indian rose mantis, rose mantis, Indian violin mantis, and ornate mantis. This species has an array of common names.(brancsikia339) All in all, Gongylus gongylodes is an incredible species, though not for the novice.(brancsikia339) Physical description/appearance, i.e. size, color, shape, crypsis, etc. Development: Rate of growth and factors involvedLongevity Molting observationsBehavior/temperament: Degree of activityDegree of aggression or timidityPropensity to cannibalizeDynamics of threat displayCaptive Environment: They need a lot of twigs and branches to molt on. They also need high temps, up to the mid 90's and down to the low 80's to molt properly.(brancsikia339) I've kept this species many times, and I found that the hotter the better within reason. They did best in net cages with a heat lamp above the enclosure. I misted daily.(Rick) I never had any trouble keeping them communally but it may be best to keep males and female adults separate except for breeding purposes.(Rick) As all Empusids, this species cannot climb smooth surfaces and should get mesh or twigs to hang from. Temperatures should be about 80 for nymphs, and about 95 for adult males before breeding. Humidity needs only to be at 40-50%.(agent A) Type and size of enclosure(s) used.Substrate or lack thereofCage furnishings, e.g. molting surfaces, perches, dΓ©cor, plants, etc.Feeding: They feed exclusively on flying food, but have been known to eat crickets. This can have adverse side effects, however.(brancsikia339) L1's through L3's for me were fed on mostly melanogasters and hydeis. From L4 on, they were fed mostly houseflies until some higher molts, in which they will accept BB's. They will also accept treats such as moths, butterflies, wasps and bees. (Bees not recommended because of rarity, and wasps can be dangerous to the mantids).(brancsikia339) These mantids prefer flying food and I raised them on flies. Start out with hydei fruit flies and transition them to houseflies followed by bluebottle flies. They do enjoy other flying insects such as moths.(Rick) Breeding: Males are volitable(able to fly) and females have short wings.(brancsikia339) This species is tricky to breed because males need high temps to mate, but an easy way to eggbind a female is overexposure to high temperatures. Keep the male in a hot, humid cage for a few days in a separate room (95F, 60-70%), then one evening introduce the female. Connection can still occur at room temp but the male needs high temps beforehand to make it work.(agent A) I incubate the ooths at 93f during the day and drop to 86f at night. I mist the container every other day one light mist. My temps are from a incubator so they don't fluctuate and have near perfect hatches in 4 to 6 weeks.(jrh3) Sexing/sexual dimorphism (explanation of physical differences and/or adult sizes of the sexes)Time needed from last molt to copulationTips: give us your methodology.Tips for inducing copulation and fecundityTips for inducing female to lay oothecaeOothecae: Ooths of gongylus are very peculiar, being spiky all around with a large protrustion on the front.(brancsikia339) Physical description and average size. Picture desired; include with other pictures at bottom of Care Sheet.Diapause if necessaryIncubation time and temperatureObserved number/s and range of hatching nymphsOptional Health Issues: infections or illnesses encountered.Additional Observations: pertinent information which doesn't neatly fit anywhere else.Photos: up to five may be posted at the bottom of the completed template. Please limit these photos to no more than one of an ootheca, two of nymphs(different instars), one of an adult female, and one of an adult male. (photo: jrh3) (photo: jrh3) Contributors: agent A, brancsikia339, jamurfjr, jrh3, Rick
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