I am in eighth grade, and I am homeschooled by my mom at home. I have two sisters and one brother, and I am the oldest kid. I love math and science, and school is fun for me.
I have loved mantids ever since the day when we were camping (we camp all summer in Maryland) and a little green thing scuttled across the dinner table. I caught it, and eventually figured out that it was a little Chinese mantis. I named her Flip, and I had her all summer until she died from a mismolt. That winter, I found out more about mantids, and I found out that there were actually exotic mantids. The next summer, I was just walking along a path, and I found this bush on the side of the road that housed a small colony of Tenodera sinensis. I caught and kept several of them over the summer, and I grew to love mantids even more. It was this fall when I finally bought my first exotic mantids from DeShawn. I have grown in my mantis love and knowledge, and I now consider myself to be an experienced mantis keeper.
I am a saved Christian, and a large part of my life is my church and youth group. I have gone to youth group with mantids so many times that everyone calls me 'Mantis Girl' or 'Bug Lady'.
I love my life, friends, and mantids, and I could not have been happier when I found out that there was actually a whole forum dedicated to mantids!
My current collection:
Texas Unicorn Mantis [Phyllovates chlorophea] (3M 2F)
African twig mantis [Popa spurca) (4M)
Creobroter sp. (1M)
Spiny Flower Mantis [Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii] ( 5F 4M)
Budwing Mantis [Parasphendale affinis] (4F 15+ U)
Giant Asian Mantis [H. membranacea] (1M)
Kenya Flower Mantis [G. amoena] (2F)
Ghost Mantis [P. paradoxa] (4M 3F)
Orchid Mantis [H. coronatus] (1F)
Thistle Mantis [B. mendica] [1M 1F 14U)
Violin Mantis [G. gongylodes] (26U)
Brunners Mantis [Brunneria borealis] (3F)
Green Anole [Anolis carolinensis] (1M 1F)
Crested Gecko [Rhacodactylus ciliatus] (1U)
My ever-growing want list: (if you have any of these species for sale or trade, please PM me)
New website coming soon! In the next few months I am starting my own business and website to sell their mantids I breed.