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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
    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˜†
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 3 points
    My golden Noël is doing funny stuff with her butt. Guess she's looking for love. 🀣
  7. 3 points
    Happy Valentine's Day, my freaky deakies!
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. 2 points
    It's a good day. All mantises still alive. πŸ€ͺπŸ‘Œ
  12. 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. 😍
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 2 points
    We have an adult Iris!! She's gorgeous! Pictures will come soon!
  16. 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
  17. 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!
  18. 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 πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ 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.
  19. 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 😊❀️
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 1 point
    I see a pumping abdomen! Iris will molt soon! Idk if it's just me, but my phone won't allow me to type 'molt' without trying to correct it to something else! πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ Every time...πŸ™ƒ
  23. 1 point
    Tried Xena with a new boyfriend, Xander. He got on her back, gave her some "back massages" and tried a few times to connect. Every time he got his abdomen around to make a connection, Xena would use a back foot to 'shoo' him away. Eventually, I gave up and separated the two because Xena was starting to seem agitated and showed little interest. I didn't want Xander to end up as a late dinner So close to a successful connection, but so far away
  24. 1 point
    Fiona, my subadult Ghost, just molted to adult! She is a chocolate brown, and looking good. I'll get photos tomorrow and post on my photo thread
  25. 1 point
    I ran out of BBFs, as my shipment was delayed by my supplier in order to get fresh pupae. Sadly, none are hatched on arrival. I have houseflies, which everyone but Xena seems okay with. Xena refuses to move or climb on me when I try to handle her 😒 I don't think she likes me lol. She freezes when I come around. Today, she was doing donuts in her enclosure, so I got it out and tried to get her to climb in the mesh cube. She sat still for 15 minutes and I just ended up putting her away. Oh well. It could've been also that her enclosure is kept at 80, and the room was 72. She may not have been handled much by her previous owner, so I'm trying not to take it personally, lol!
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