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    From the album Portraits

    http://www.reagandpufall.com/ Brunners Mantis

    © Reagan D Pufall

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    Miomantis binotata Giglio-Tos 1911 (Submitted by Mantis Monarch, photos by Mantis Monarch) Introduction Common name: African Pinstripe Mantis, comes from the adult female's white stripes on their green wings. Also may be named that because as nymphs they have red pinstripes running down their abdomen and across knees that widen and double as they get older. Physical description: mostly green with red and white accents. Brown color morphs exist but even brown adult females have green wings. L1 black, L2 pale green w/ white and red banded legs, L3 5/16" same but gain red racing stripes, L4 1/2" same but gain black dots under abdomen, L5 same but green and pale green tiger stripes appear, L6 and L7 ~1" adult females have short green with white stripes wings and short green antenna, adult males have long transparent green wings with long red antenna. Distribution: Africa; Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Burundi, Musina, South Africa Small Species: adults grow no larger than 1.25" Difficult level: rearing beginner, breeding advanced Development Growth rate: L1 to adult can be achieved in 2 months at 80-90F w/ feeding everyday 72-80F and feeding once every 2-4 days will slow growth rate without problems Longevity: adult male will last 2-3 months (4 max) adult female will last 2-6 months depending on temperature and feeding schedule. Molting observations: can molt to adult in a 16oz deli or bigger. No problem with molting with humidity 50-80%. Behavior/Temperment From hatch/L1 these nymphs are curious and friendly they remain very sweet and handleable all the way to adult Degree of aggressiveness: high, especially in females. Will go after food and other nymphs. Propensity to cannibalize: high, nymphs don't mind eating other nymphs. Female cannibalized males over 60% of time in captivity. Captive Environment Temperature: 75-85F Night >68 used Temperature Range is 68-90F Humidity: 45-80% very tolerant (adult males need water to drink everyday) Enclosure Used: 5.5oz Suffle cup, 16oz deli and 32oz deli cup OR SM/MED hex and SM kritter keeper for breeding. Substrate Used: paper towel, Eco-Earth, Moss Cage Furnishings: mesh netting, plastic plants, skewers, popsicle sticks. Breeding enclosure needs lots of green plants for the male to hide in. Not Communal: separate as soon as possible. High degree of cannibalization. Feeding L1 can prey on Mel. Fruit Flies Adult males can eat: Hydei fruit flies, false stable fly, small house fly, or insect segment Adult females can eat: Blue Bottle Flies, House Flies, mealworms, superworm segment, or other insect segment. Breeding Sexing/sexual dimorphism: Sex ID Adult Males: have transparent green wing that are longer than abdomen, long slender body, very long red antenna Sex ID Adult Female: have green wings with white stripes that are shorter than abdomen after first meal, fatter abdomen that sticks out the sides of wings, short green antenna. Time needed from last molt to copulation: depends on temperature, at 75-80F Males are ready in 2 weeks, Adult females are ready in 4-6 weeks. I wait until after female has laid 1st infertile ootheca before mating to ensure readiness. Tips: methodology: Bring both male and female up to Day 80F Night 75F before trying. Feed female every day for a few days before trying. Place both in a SM Hex or SM Kritter Keeper with lots of house flies flying around in the evening. The flies are a distraction for the female so the male can do his job. Male will most likely be cannibalized, if he copulates or not. Tips for inducing copulation and fecundity: temperature and flying insects Tips for inducing female to lay oothecae: she will lay on netting, plastic, artificial plants, insect lid, and sticks. They are not picky about where they lay. Sometimes infertile ooths are laid on the moss substrate. Ootheca Small tan semi-hard ooth. No bigger than 1/2" Diapause NOT needed Incubation: 28-40 days at 75-80F w/ 60-80% humidity or mist everyday. Observed Hatch Rate: 10-35 nymphs M.binotata L1 nymph
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    From the album Portraits

    http://www.reagandpufall.com/

    © Reagan D Pufall

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    Happy Birthday Wolfie, hope you have a great day!
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    Stagmomantis limbata (Bordered Mantis) Introduction: Stagmomantis limbata have a wider range than californica, rumored to range all the way into New England. The limbata are larger and have yellow hindwings compared to californica and carolina and are much more abundant than both in the western US.The wings of limbata also end in a wider shape and extend farther than the wings of other stagmomantis species (females specifically). The adaptability of limbata compared to the other stagmomantis species makes it a great beginner stagmomantis. bulkiest Stagmoborder on tegmina—hence the common nameyellow(checkered) hind wings South Western USA (McMonigle 135)I have reared S. carolina and S. limbata and S. limbata are much easier and less cannibalistic, more like Sphodromantis in care.(Orin) Difficulty level: beginner. Behavior/temperament: The adults are not shy and females can be quite aggressive. Captive Environment: S. limbata are very adaptable, but need a bit more room than S. californica. Sub adults are a bit too large to fit in just a 32 oz deli, and a slightly larger container should be used. This species can be kept at room temp or a bit hotter their entire lifecycle, and they like humidity to be about 60%. However, they are much more tolerant of a range between 30 and 65% than the other stagmomantis species. Nymphs should be housed individually and should be given mesh or plant material to cling to. Feeding: The large L1 nymphs of this species will greatfully accept D. hydei, and L2/L3 will eat houseflies. Females eat bottleflies as early as L3, and at L4, both sexes can handle bottleflies. This species loves to eat crix and roaches, and a varied diet helps them grow fast and large. Breeding: This is a very prolific species, and breeding is very easy.The adults are not shy and females can be quite aggressive. They are ready to mate 3 weeks into adulthood, and females should be very well fed before mating. It's advisable to introduce the pair in the open, with the female distracted with prey. Mating is easy to commence and lasts 3-6 hours. Females like sticks to lay ooths on and can lay 4-8 ooths in their lifetime. Oothecae: Females like sticks to lay ooths on and can lay 4-8 ooths in their lifetime. Ooths dont need diapause and hatch out after 2-3 months of incubation at 70-80 degrees with daily mistings. 60-120 nymphs hatch out of each ooth over a one week period. L1 nymphs are rather hardy compared to other Stagmomantis species. L1 L4 male L6 female subadult female adult female, displaying the blue line on the lips Contributors: agent A, jamurfjr, Orin *McMonigle, Orin A. (2013) Keeping the Praying Mantis. Coachwhip Publications, Greenville, Ohio
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