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  1. I just spent the last hour feeding fruit flies to almost fifty, soon to be more, nymphs of several different species. On top of that, I'm sick. Fun day! (Not)

    I'm pooped.

    - MantisGirl13

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Sometimes I think having so many mantises was a bad choice. 

      Having said that, there's another 15 coming. 😖

    2. Bentis

      Bentis

      And what are you planning on doing with that little army?

  2. Ugh. My last S. pretiosa nymph died, and to make things worse, my only male orchid died from what looks to be an infection. My female is not quite mature yet, and neither was the male, but I was hoping to mate in a few weeks! Bad day.

    - MantisGirl13

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    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Thanks guys.  I guess you have to get used to disappointment when th are in this hobby!

      - MantisGirl13

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      👊😖

    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Exactly.

      - MantisGirl13

  3. I'm really bummed. One of my only two S. pretiosa nymphs mismolted to L2, and I only have one left.

    - MantisGirl13

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    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      I'm very sorry about that, @Bentis. I am hoping that my thistles don't mismolt as I only have one pair!

      I have an L6 female wahlbergii for sale if you want to replace yours.

      - MantisGirl13

       

    3. Bentis

      Bentis

      I think im all spent for the immediate future.  Bought just over 10 mantids in the last couple weeks.

      Thanks though!

    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Ok! Wasn't sure if it was a breeding project or not. :)

      - MantisGirl13

  4. Watching the female ghost that you bred, hatched, and raised yourself molting to adult is so nerve wracking!

    - MantisGirl13

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Actually yeh. Lately I come home and immediately and check on my adult male orchids.  Haha. 

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Lol :)

      I woke up this morning to a healthy adult orchid whose wings are beautiful! Now for the male...

      - MantisGirl13

    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Turns out the male decided that he wanted to get in on the fun! I now have an adult orchid pair. I plan to breed in a few weeks!!

      - MantisGirl13

  5. 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

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    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      I'll post the pics as soon as I can. I'm other news, I'm leaving in a few minutes to get my crested gecko!

      - MantisGirl13

    3. Granny's Mantis Mayhem

      Granny's Mantis Mayhem

      Ohhhh neat can't wait to see :)

    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      (S)He's adorable! I'll post pictures once they upload.

      - MantisGirl13

  6. Male orchid mismolted to adult. Raptor arms and mandibles covered in exoskeleton, wings messed up. Legs are fine, so he may be salvageable, but most likely not able to mate.

    :(

    - MantisGirl13

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      You knew he wouldn't be viable.

      The way you described it, it was baaaad.

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      But smiles, and condolences.

      Super bummer.

    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Ya, it was pretty bad! It's ok though, my female isn't adult yet and I have another subadult male (praying they molt well).

      - MantisGirl13

  7. Wow! I just realized I've been on this forum for a year and four days now! It seems more like five years!

    - MantisGirl13

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Nothing. LoL. 

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Sorry for the short answer. My wife sprayed me with the kitchen sink flex nozzle as I walked by and soaked me, so I just went on ahead and showered. LMAO. She's crazy tonight. Hehe. 

      Just saying this is a silly back and forth. We all know you are... Our Lady of the Mantis. 🙌

      😂

    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      I give up.

      - MantisGirl13

  8. I'm bored... Sitting and watching a mounted but not mating pair of spinys is really boring. Especially when the male isn't even attempting a connection!

    -MantisGirl13

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      I should be there in a month or two myself. Sit and wait is great compared to what I'm used to these days.

  9. Bummer. I had a male majuscula in the mail ready for my female, and right before she gets here she gets weak and is dying. She won't move her mandible so I can't feed her anything. 

    The male is here now, but the female is on her way out.

    There goes my only chance to breed!

    - MantisGirl13

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    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      The male is adorable though! I'm still bummed about the girl. 

      - MantisGirl13

    3. Bentis

      Bentis

      Sorry to hear about that.  Murphy's law in action.

    4. Graceface

      Graceface

      Oh, that's a bummer. So sorry about your female

  10. Sick AGAIN!! I think I've been sick more times this winter than any other winter. Just a cold this time, but I've had a headache all day and am really tired. 

    I fed most of the mantids today, and I think my G. African female will molt soon because she would not accept food no matter how hard I tried!

    - MantisGirl13

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    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Ya, we're supposed to have nice weather tomorrow. I'll be inside mating mantids though.

      - MantisGirl13

    3. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      Hope you’re feeling better 

    4. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      I am, thanks!

      - MantisGirl13

  11. 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

  12. What a day! It's barely started! My sister was sick yesterday, and my mom got sick too. I woke up to my brother throwing up, my mom too sick to get out of bed for more than 5 mins, and my dad sick and sleeping. This means that only me and my youngest sister are healthy right now. I have to get her on the bus and somehow avoid getting sick for the next few days. Ugh!

    - MantisGirl13

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    2. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      Oh wow Duck! Hope you don’t catch the cootie 

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Well, I'm still feeling ok. My family is slowly feeling better and better, but it is still a slow day at our house this morning!

      - MantisGirl13

    4. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      A big GET WELL to all. 😊

  13. Wow! I haven't been on the Forum a year yet, and I just reached the Ghost Mantis rank!! 3000 posts! I think I'm on here too much...

    - MantisGirl13

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Ghost Mantis 😎

       

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      You're welcome, hysteresis, but I wasn't the only one who helped you! 

      I am excited to be a ghost mantis now (one of my favorite species)

      - MantisGirl13

    4. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      @MantisGirl13 true. Lots of thanks to all, but we are recognizing your promotion to Ghost Mantis. ☝️😏

  14. Can't wait till tomorrow! I am going to the Philly Insectarium with a friend of mine. They have mantids!!

    - MantisGirl13

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Wow, what a great time that'll be!

      Enjoy!

    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Yes! I will!

      - MantisGirl13

  15. My last day of being 13 years old! I hope I get mantids and a good camera for my birthday tomorrow!! 

    - MantisGirl13

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      You deserve it, young sister. 

      Blessings! 

    2. Graceface

      Graceface

      Happy birthday!!! ❤️ 💕 

  16. 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). 

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    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. 

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      My mantis dude (I have a dude and a gal) told me you can get 15 from an ooth. Is that true? Nice small hatch. Easy.

      I kinda wish I had acquired one. Would have been excellent practice with less nymph keeping but with ALL the ooth preparation the hatching itself.

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      I heard ten is tops. The ooths are TINY!!! 

      - MantisGirl13

    4. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Yeh, something like that.

      Easy peasy!

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