Hosting Caleb's 7th BDay party today.
All our mantises dressed to the 9s.
Nice to see pupae from a 'new cup' eclosing. To me, this means my process is becoming more reliable. If so, I should see it pop strong this weekend sometime.
If everything goes well, ill have two sexed pairs of i4/i5 orchids next week.
“A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I’m going home.”
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And yes, I have the tshirt with Tyrion's line.
Im 49 and when my Mom and Dad see me wearing that tshirt, they get mad! 🤣
@hysteresis it's an amazing show, I actually read all 5 books before/during the beginning of the show and was obsessed with it through college, have multiple shirts myself and even...my college dorm door was covered:
The little things in life ❤....
Like touching a HOT IR emitter with a finger or tender underside of your arm. ❤
My spikes are hitting 4 to 5 weeks, and ill be tapping into the last 250 of 1000. This weekend. I figure I have fed at least 300 spikes by hand (not really by hand as with most, I just laid spikes out and the mantises just pluck them up).
I figure ive mismanaged about 250 spikes experimenting. Oh well. Theyd have died as prey anyway. LoL.
I have about 250 in process currently. So far, pupates are eclosing in 1 to 2 weeks at room temperature. Light misting is a must for me here or they just dry out.
Hopefully the last batch still produces. I took the last cup out for warmth and air, and theyre still wiggling with vigor.
Should I feed these spikes some mush, or pupate them all at once? Or keep batching them out in cups?
Flies..... Flies everywhere....
Ahhhh. Remember Lola Religiosa?
I'll be taking her ooth out of diapause soon. Hopefully it turns out to be fertile. Even if just a few nymphs drop, my heart will soar!
Buncha lil' Lolas scurrying after springtails and melanogasters in a deli cup?! 😍
I am finally starting to enjoy some success with BBFs.
Noël is calling again.
Soon my orchids will be calling too. I sure could use a pair of orchid subadult males.
Can't remember if I posted... The mismolt I received didn't make it.
The Molt RepoLt, Mar 11 thru Mar 24. 😥
Timestamp MANTIS EVENT COMMENT SPECIES 2019-03-11 PP3 MOLT i5 PHYLLOCRANIA PARADOXA 2019-03-11 PW3 MOLT i5 PSEUDOCREOBOTRA WAHLBERGII 2019-03-11 TP2 MOLT i6 TARACHODULA PANTHERINA 2019-03-12 PW1 MOLT i7 PSEUDOCREOBOTRA WAHLBERGII 3/13/2019 22:12:07 BM3 MOLT i7 BLEPHAROPSIS MENDICA 3/14/2019 19:17:59 BM5 MISMOLT i6; LOST ANOTHER LEG, RAPTORIALS STUCK BLEPHAROPSIS MENDICA 3/14/2019 19:21:41 BM5 EXPIRED EUTHANIZED BLEPHAROPSIS MENDICA 3/14/2019 20:19:14 DT1 MOLT i7 DEROPLATYS TRUNCATA 3/15/2019 18:04:51 GG2 MOLT i8 GONGYLUS GONGYLODES 3/17/2019 21:00:06 PW6 MOLT i5 PSEUDOCREOBOTRA WAHLBERGII 3/18/2019 19:54:06 HC2 MOLT ADULT HYMENOPUS CORONATUS 3/20/2019 17:05:17 TP1 MOLT i7 TARACHODULA PANTHERINA 3/23/2019 3:00:21 PW4 MOLT i6 PSEUDOCREOBOTRA WAHLBERGII 3/23/2019 17:08:32 HV1 INFERTILE OOTHECA HIERODULA VENOSA 3/24/2019 2:13:56 PW5 MOLT i6 PSEUDOCREOBOTRA WAHLBERGII 3/24/2019 11:39:59 BM4 MOLT i7 BLEPHAROPSIS MENDICA
I MEANT TO POST THIS BEFORE BUT DIDN'T SEND IT.
UPDATE: I've found that keeping the pupae a bit humid helps them out. I've had four BBF eclose since yesterday.
First time since getting the spikes. It's be weird. If things go right with light mistings, I expect flies.
I also have a test set where pupae will sit in a pinch of coco soil to retain a bit of moisture. Kevin from Moonlight Mantids made a video where his pupae are clearly seen sitting in some grain or whatever. He lightly mists them until they eclose.
Two weeks and only 2 BBF, both gimps. 😏
Someone else in Mantis Keepers on FB said their rainbowmealworms BBF spikes were easy to pupate but long to eclose. Took hers two weeks. Mine just hit two weeks.
Do these look bad?
The pupae are dark. Something inside.
Im getting 3 or 4 per day from my 2ndish batch.
Zero from the first which has to be ~3 wks since pupation.
I think they need more moisture than initially provided during and right after pupation. Seems a moistened cotton pad not in contact with, helps. It must be too dry for them to eclose properly.
Kevin Young / Moonlight posted a BBF care video where his pupa are in some sort of grain media he lightly oversprays.
My middle batch / moistened is producing a few.
I have new batches that are pupating slightly warmed and a bit humid. Hopefully those pop.
Baking twigs for my gongy's mesh cube. Im sure he'll love all the room.