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    1. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      The Malay Blue Hierodula really are blue.... Ive not edited those , flash cam. Idols got a black eye   Ive see the black  spotting on the eye before with Hierodula which seems like a common problem. , Ive heard that it may be due to caging but wild specimens have it also, yes Orin and Yen!  Maybe she will  recover on the next moult,  Fingers crossed/

  2. I've rearranged the Mantid room which looks much better and I've given myself more space to work with. Ill hopefully be ordering another 2 male Orchids to try one more attempt at mating Ezi before she dies of old age. Shes produced another ooth which will be infertile as the first I incubated for just over 12 weeks which I left in the tank which wasn't ideal, I was so scared of damaging it. after removing 2 of them I feel much more confident with dealing with them and so that is slight progress in that area I suppose. I've hot glued it to the mesh lid of a plastic cup,    just for practice ,  My day of glory Will come but how long that will take is anybody's guess. Moving forward Ive had Ezi free ranged for the past month and have been providing humidity in the room itself with fish pumps and water heaters which is bad on fuel but it has been amusing to see her sat in a different place most mornings. I came in to see her on the side of Ghosts tank and the poor little thing was stood on a pebble probably scared half to death and so I thought it was time to return her to the tank. I set up a water feature in one of my tanks and I could tell that the air was perfect in circulation, temperature and humidity but the only problem with it is the constant buzzing noise which you always get with them and I decided to remove it as I thought the vibrating BBBUUUURRRRR of those devices wouldn't be very nice for the creatures as I used to find it very annoying and still do. If I can find some silent pumps (in your dreams) I will be doing more on that front. Ive seen the Exo Terra mist/smoke devices and the 'rainfall' thing reasonably priced and so I would like to explore that in the future and the next time i'm in the new shop I have discovered Ill scratch his brain about the issue. i know that many Mantids don't require all the fancy gadgetry and high tech instruments but what the heck.....its fun !  :D

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Sounds like you have been busy and having fun!!

      - MantisGirl13

  3. **** News Flash ****    Orchid mantis jumps off keepers hand, flies across room and lands on table leg    **** End of message ****

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Pics?

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      ive just got a new camera so Im working on some new photos    might take me a while to get the hang of it.

  4. Not Mantids but something of interest ,  Red/Blue Damselfly in the field.. England

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    1. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      Urtica dioica      Stinging Nettles 

    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Beautiful!

      - MantisGirl13

  5. I know some people hate edited pictures so Ive made sure to include one unedited Snap with these new images. Heterochaeta orientalis.

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Wow! Great pics!

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      Thanks MG

       

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Beautiful! So jealous...

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      Im so lucky to have access to the tropicals in the U.K.      Big up Mitch!

       

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Ya, you really are lucky!

      - MantisGirl13

  7. First view of the outside world blew CatMans mind, his only concern was the birds flying overhead but I had my eye on him. Cat Eye Mantis Heterochaeta orientalis.

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Beautiful! I REALLY want these.

      - MantisGirl13

  8. Well its that time of year again the Aphids are present on my plants in the yard. i was hoping to spend days with some Mantids hanging out in the garden acting as a natural pesticide which is a cool idea but I also don't want my prize plant specimens chewed up to nothing. If I use a pesticide I wont be able to let my Mantids loose which would be a shame.

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      That's a shame. I hope you figure it out!

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Jaywo

      Jaywo

      i realize a ton of ladybugs. They help a little bit.

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    1. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      check the bit where the antennae meet the head on the top photo was taken a few months back the bottom pic with the night eyes is recent... the bit where the antennae meet the head..... its grown ! a bit

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      That's neat. I've never been so close up before. 😂

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    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Creepy... but so amazingly beautiful!

      - MantisGirl13

    3. Viking

      Viking

      Fierce! I need to get some.

    4. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      100% aliens

  11. Hooray,   Ghost hadnt eaten for 2 and a half weeks and I was getting a little worried but saw this morning the exuvium there, successful moult !  Lucy the idol is eating well and seems to have discovered her ability to jump. Good Times ! 

  12. I've found this 'Bug Catcher' I bought from the supermarket Highly Useful for the Mantid Game.. Priceless!!

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Cool! How does it work?

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      its a simple idea that green button slides the green plastic bit forwards and back. You trap the bug under the transparent bit and slide the green bit closed.  its a step better than using a cup and sliding paper underneath. 

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      That's really smart! I wonder where I could get one...

      - MantisGirl13

  13. Lucy the Idol has molted but seems a little short on energy hope shes ok will have to feed her up, Ghost is due to shed and has been off her food for a few days now, abdomen seems very thin for the molt so Ill see how she goes. Shiva my cat passed away on Friday which has been very upsetting for me, I dont think I can handle any more deaths in the family just yet.

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Congratulations on the molt! I hope the ghost has a good molt too. I'm so sorry about your cat.

      - MantisGirl13

  14. I’ve been struggling getting the temperature up to optimum and that’s with 2 heat mats and 3 long tube heaters. While working out a way to save on wasted heat I put Claude the rainforest on a Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans) container plant which he seemed to enjoy and as heat rises I put him up high and found I was hitting the right temperature. I’m fertilising with organic nutrients. When I returned to the room he was half way through a molt. It must have been ok conditions wise to shed so I left him there. He has now been living on the plant (Free Range) in my spare room for 4 days and seems very happy there. When he gets bigger I’ll have to swap plants and obviously with wings there may be cause for concern. Feeding wise I’ll either have to remove him temporarily or use the tweezers. With the humidity I’m misting the foliage daily and through transpiration of the leaves. Also the Oxygen from the plant will help him. Having fun here in cloudy old England. ✌️ 

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Good luck getting the conditions right, and Gratz on the molt!

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      I went in the Mantid room this morning and I looked all over the plant he was living on and he was nowhere to be seen. I thought oh dear hes gone. I looked up and realized he was sitting on another plant about 3 foot away. I might return him to the tank but it was rather amusing.

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      I'm glad he didn't go too far!

      - MantisGirl13

  15. Whenever you hear about alien abductions you often hear about 'things growing in tanks', Doesnt sound like the Extra Terrestrials have improved on the Tank Method :D

    1. Synapze

      Synapze

      Great looking specimen!

    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Wow! She's stunning!

      - MantisGirl13

  16. Ive not decided what to do about Ezis Ooth yet, I noticed that she was in a different place than usual and then 2 days later she laid it so she has obviously chosen that place in the tank, close to the ground where the heat is coming from and more humid closer to the substrate. I dont want to break or damage it. Ive got some fresh razor blades so I might try and remove it and do the cup method with the mesh lid and damp tissue. I was going to leave it where it is and clean out the tank carefully and remove Ez into another tank which Id have to buy... decisions decisions,   ooh im excited.   

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      That's super exciting for sure!

      Cant wait to be in such a situation  myself! 😁

  17. Right, as you can see from the picture Ezi has laid an Oothecae. My mating attempt was about 4 or 5 weeks ago and I didnt think that it was successful. Due to this I didnt provide very good laying options i.e thick Twigs so she has done it there on the glass. Is that the right sort of timescale for gestation or do you think there's a strong chance its infertile. Very exciting nevertheless. Need your advice on this one Mantid gang. P.S  Claudia the Rainforest and Ghost killer have both successfully moulted. 

  18. Ive been ordering fruit fly culture for the nymphs but the tubs I've been getting take about 2 weeks to hatch so I've resorted to buying the smallest feeders I can purchase from the pet shops here which is crickets. Mcmonigle mentions that he uses them in the 'Bible' but I keep hearing that they can carry disease and I've heard that there not good for the Mantids. Has anybody got an opinion on this?

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    2. Synapze

      Synapze

      If you're going to use them, this is how it should be done. 👆

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      If a viral outbreak occurs in the commercial cricket system, that's one huge risk, but also unlikely day to day. Bacteria is the present risk. You can do your best to mitigate the risk by babying your feeder crickets.

      Some will breed their own crickets, but that's not happening in my household. My wife would reach her limit there. She doesn't like fly larvae as it is. 🤣

    4. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      Brilliant advice, I did think about hygiene it cant be good if they are walking on dead ones   that's amazing thanks all !! 

  19. I think Spring has finally sprung here in North England and the flowers are coming out with milder weather and sun. I've been cleaning all the stones and plant pots in the yard and getting the horticultural creative ideas moving forward. I even had Ezi the Orchid with me outside while I was sat working scrubbing down all the stones and containers. I think she had a great time with me and it was her only experience of the world outdoors to date in captivity. :clover::clover::clover: 

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      I have mesh cubes and plan to bring a mantis out under our gazebo now and then this summer.

      If our european ooth is indeed fertile, the little ones will be released into our front yard plants. They can go from there.

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