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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
    Hello all, This is my farewell update... I was so blessed to be a part of the mantids community and working with everyone I worked with. I am getting out of mantids for a while, do not mourn for me tho. Everything in life is a choice and a learning experience. God gives trials and blessings to try our character and fit us for Him. I had fun an I will have fun with the next critters too. Anyway, tschüss!! Bis später!!
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 3 points
    My golden Noël is doing funny stuff with her butt. Guess she's looking for love. 🤣
  6. 3 points
    Happy Valentine's Day, my freaky deakies!
  7. 3 points
    Orchid update: I'm expecting 2 adult female Orchids tomorrow and I'm so excited! My newly molted males will have girlfriends after all! I haven't attempted any breeding yet, so this marks a new chapter for me in my mantis journey. Hoping to have good news to share in the next week about the results Ghosts: No new adults yet, but Bellatrix is looking fatter than normal. How long will it take for her to start laying ooth? She hasn't been bred, as I have no adult males, but she has been adult for a month now
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 2 points
    We have an adult Iris!! She's gorgeous! Pictures will come soon!
  11. 2 points
    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
  12. 2 points
    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!
  13. 2 points
    Little update! Julio is doing well and he is still shedding. Something I must get used to. I am so used to mantids doing all their molt in one time so it is different to wait weeks for a beardie molt to be done. One nice thing is I can still handle him during sheds (unlike mantids!). He is eating well and going bonkers over superworms and crickets. I think he gets more crickets at my house than he did at his previous home so now he is spoiled 😃😏 Still refining my parenting techniques, ha ha! Book: Also the book is near completion for all you who contributed and those who didnt!! Just finding a few more pics so if any of you want to check out my topic on the book I could still use feeder pics and how to sex a male mantis pic.
  14. 2 points
    Excited to announce... I woke up to find Cameron is an adult! He molted last night and I now have an adult male ghost! I'll take some photos and post them in my thread later today. I just had to share 😊❤️
  15. 2 points
    Just as I suspected, ButterRum molted yesterday and she is now subadult! She's gorgeous! Now that Mocha has a perch, she's eating a lot more, pretty steadily now! Iris is just hanging out! I truly love the ghost mantis. They are such a relaxed mantis!
  16. 2 points
    Tried again today to pair Dom and Xena to no avail. She seemed stir crazy and wouldn't stay still, even though I tried to get her to climb 30min earlier and she refused, lol. She kept doing donuts around the net enclosure and didn't want to go back to her normal enclosure. Dom seemed interested but wouldn't make a move, even when I held him an inch away and distracted Xena with honey water. His eyes are looking photoreacted today, even in the well lit room; I think he is over the hill 😒 Dom is moving around okay and otherwise seems fine, but he is 10wks mature now Adam is up next. He is around 2wks mature now, but I will probably wait until next week to try again, just to be certain he is old enough to get the job done
  17. 2 points
    I've been out of town for the past 5 days and I've come back to see that one of my ghosts have successfully molted. This is to L5 and it was the orange brown one. Trying to mist everyday to lighten her to a greenish color maybe? Don't think it's working but she's beautiful! Can't wait for my other one to get up there in size!
  18. 2 points
    The first molt. 6.17.2016
  19. 1 point
    It’s party day!!!!
  20. 1 point
    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. This will be his last instar spent in a deli cup. 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.
  21. 1 point
    Eventful day here yesterday! I tried pairing Adam and Xena again to no avail. He locked his sights on her, and looked as though he would go for it but never did. After a few hours, I put Xena and Adam away in their respective homes, and vowed to try again today. A few molts overnight: Tanya and Katya the Ghosts both molted to subadult. One of my Orchid sub males molted to adult. Now I have 4 total adult male orchids, including old man Domenic. I still have one sub male, and 5 L4 orchids I am sexing today. I think at least 2 are males. Bellatrix finally laid her first oothecca. She'd been looking awfully plump for weeks, I was starting to be concerned about her becoming egg bound. I moved her to an even bigger enclosure with more sticks and she laid the next day! She is hungry and readily ate a few BBFs last night. Cam ate one of his BBFs, but hasn't eaten more since his final molt. I'm mildly concerned with how skinny he looks, but I've heard adult male ghosts are light eaters. He has eaten, so I'm sure he is fine. Domenic the Orchid male is on his way out. He has lost a tarsi and seems reluctant to move 😞 Gotta go feed some hungry mantids!
  22. 1 point
    There are many days when humans suck and all I want to do is watch my mantids and feed my fish.
  23. 1 point
    My female Hierodula maj has been a free roam mantis for most of her adult life. I was a little skeptical to allow my male to roam free as well but when I got home on Monday from out of town, I allowed him to do his own thing. I'd find him on one plant, then on the light fixture, then by the window. Last night I saw my female calling again which I thought interesting because she mated already, but didn't think anything of it. Figured I'd try mating her again. But have no fear! Nature will do what nature was intended to do. Came downstairs to see the Hierodulas mating again. I will leave them alone to do their thing! Love it!🌿💙
  24. 1 point
    My male Hierodula maj molted last night to L7! I plan on power feeding him some dubias and raising temps so hopefully we'll have an adult in a week and a half. I'm only rushing because my female has been an adult since July. Poor thing calls every night, little does she know her knight soon awaits her! Still waiting for my Peru leaf mantis to molt, any day now! (Probably tonight!) HAPPY FRIDAY!!!
  25. 1 point
    I have two beautiful L5 Orchid mantids! Molted yesterday and all went well. One is clearly bigger than the other, so assuming I have a female and a male!