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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 😆
  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. 3 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
  8. 2 points
  9. 2 points
    I just got back from a 5-day camping trip in Shenandoah. The area is beautiful! Pics tomorrow. I got home to 13 new spiny nymphs and two new Sybilla pretiosa nymphs. I'm bummed that the Sybilla ooth didn't hatch more. The female orchid and two female ghost will be molting to adult any day now. I'm getting my crested gecko soon too! - MantisGirl13
  10. 2 points
    Hosting Caleb's 7th BDay party today. All our mantises dressed to the 9s. 👊ðŸĪĢ
  11. 2 points
    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 âĪïļ
  12. 2 points
    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
  13. 2 points
    Just came from work and Mocha is in the middle of molting!! The first ghost molting I've witnessed! She's beautiful!
  14. 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!
  15. 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! 😂ðŸĪĢ 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
  16. 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!
  17. 2 points
    It's a good day. All mantises still alive. ðŸĪŠðŸ‘Œ
  18. 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. 😍
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 1 point
    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.
  22. 1 point
    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?! 😍
  23. 1 point
    I am finally starting to enjoy some success with BBFs.
  24. 1 point
    It's been a little while and I promise I'm still around, just a lot of life things happening at the moment. The ghosts are all doing really well! ButterRum-Verde molted the first week or March into a beautiful green mantis! Her wings are a little lighter than Iris'! Mocha is actually on the verge of a molt! I'm pretty excited for her! She is still a beautiful brown and I believe she will keep this rich deep brown which is a OKAY! Lol I'm hoping for a molt today or tomorrow!
  25. 1 point
    Arthur is finally molting to adult...right now! He is inflating his wings as we speak âĪïļ It's about damn time, too. I was starting to get concerned
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