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  1. 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.

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Wow. Woke up to a fly boom.

      Good times. Good times! 

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Holy!   Boom is an understatement. If this keeps up, ill have a good hundred or more by days end. Ill be sure to stagger the pupae from my next cups.

      Good thing I can refrigerate flies. Most of my mantises are FULL.

  2. If everything goes well, ill have two sexed pairs of i4/i5 orchids next week.

     

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      That's awesome!!!!!!

      - MantisGirl13

  3. “A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I’m going home.” 

    S VI   E VIII

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      @Charoozz520 very.

      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! 🤣

    2. Charoozz520

      Charoozz520

      :D @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:

      46855575064_7f123596fa_b.jpg

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Yeh Ive listened to the audiobooks several times right through. Too bad he hasnt finished the books.

      Another series I love is The Dark Tower by Stephen King

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  4. The little things in life ❤....

    Like touching a HOT IR emitter with a finger or tender underside of your arm. ❤

    😵

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Ouch! Are you ok?

      - MantisGirl13

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Yeh. Battle scars with hot sp.

      Im just a whiny baby. 🤣

      Thx 😊

  5. 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?

     

  6. Flies..... Flies everywhere....

    😎👍

     

  7. 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?! 😍

  8. What kind of animal is this?

    20190328_212612.jpg?raw=1

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      LooooooL.

      Costumus mathematica prefers Android. ✌😉

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Lol :lol:

      What's the difference?!

      - MantisGirl13

    4. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Yeh  😉👍

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  9. I am finally starting to enjoy some success with BBFs. :D

    20190328_183551.jpg?raw=1

    1. Graceface

      Graceface

      I bet your Ghosts would love BBFs

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Ill try. A dozen and a half eclosed today. (So far)

      I did throw one in with my i6 greenie. Still in there.

      They normally take quarter pins.

      Very exciting 😁👍

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Oh yeah, she'll tackle it eventually! Even the L5s should!

      - MantisGirl13

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  10. Noël is calling again.

    Soon my orchids will be calling too. I sure could use a pair of orchid subadult males.

    🤔

  11. 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
    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      I'm sorry she didn't make it. That's sad. 

      - MantisGirl13

  12. 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?

    20190315_232140.jpg?raw=1

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Interesting! There is no real way to tell if your pupae are bad other than just waiting, although you could try candling a few.

      - MantisGirl13

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      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.

  13. Baking twigs for my gongy's mesh cube. Im sure he'll love all the room.

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      I bet so! I've never had to bake twigs before! Are you sure it's necessary?

      - MantisGirl13

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      I dont think it is, seeing its in a dry environment. I did, and oils rose to the surface. Think I'll hit it with soapy water to cut the oils, rinse it well, and let it dry. Should be fine in a mesh cube. 

  14. 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?

    20190315_232140.jpg?raw=1

    1. Graceface

      Graceface

      Idk, but I've heard if you shine a light through them, you can see if there is anything inside, which might help to tell if they will hatch. 

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      @Graceface They got darker, yes. That might indicate they're close?

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Maybe I messed up. Should I have left them at room temperature?  They always had some heat on them. Maybe they dried out?

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  15. The Molt RepoLt, Mar 4 thru Mar 10.

    👊😎

    Date Species Mantis Gender Event 1 Event 2
    2019-03-05 Phyllocrania paradoxa PP4 F Molt i5
    2019-03-06 Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii PW5 M Molt i5
    2019-03-07 Phyllocrania paradoxa PP2 F Molt i5
    2019-03-07 Tarachodula pantherina TP1 F Molt i6
    2019-03-07 Blepharopsis mendica BM4 M Molt i6
    2019-03-08 Phyllocrania paradoxa PP6 M Molt i5
    2019-03-08 Rhombodera megaera RM2 M Molt i8
    2019-03-10 Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii PW2   Molt i6
    2019-03-10 Hymenopus coronatus HC1 F Molt i7
    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Ya, around that! 

      My birthday was great! How was your day?

      - MantisGirl13

    2. Graceface

      Graceface

      Gratz on all the molts. Subadult Orchid, huh? Exciting!! They eat SO MUCH!!!

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      @MantisGirl13 my day was busy but great, ty. Work is busy.

      @Graceface maybe she'll go i9 like yours 🤫

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  16. Week and a half since we started seeing BBF pupae form. First fly today. How underwhelming. 🙄

    Hope they start up soon. Still have BSF pretty much every day.

  17. Worst cold ever. I think im gonna die! Arghhh.

    Staying home, but still gonna work remotely. Talk about ball and chain!

    Hope you're all healthy and doing well. 😊

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Good!

      Almost spring. 👍

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Yes, almost! 48° and sunny here today! I saw a bluebird this morning!

      - MantisGirl13

    4. Graceface

      Graceface

      Well, at least it isn't a mantis allergy! Though, I'm certain you would just wear a bio-lab suit and caryy on feeding mantids if it were 😂🤣🤣

      Things are good here, Monday is my Saturday 😁 Sipping coffee and petting kitties right now, living the good life ❤️

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  18. Wish ghosts weren't so skittish.

  19. You know you've hit mantis nirvana, when you get a bar fridge just to store your fly larvae! 

    👊🤪

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      I'll throw my diet cokes in there too.

      Still have a ton of spikes. Those BSF are providing enough flies daily. 

    2. Graceface

      Graceface

      I've considered it, honestly. Right now my flies have a bin in the kitchen fridge and I have an old styrofoam cooler I use to keep my feeders cold while feeding. 

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Marcie doesn't want maggots in our fridge. Clean, or not.

      What a doll for tolerating it this long. I mean, 2oz cups in the butter compartment loaded up. 3x250 packs in the crisper.

      She works at a nursing home. It was a 'donation item' from a former resident's family. 👻

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  20. Tonight, I thought my new (and only) male Bleph was tanking. Relieved he just needed to molt. 

    This boy is getting some nice BSFs tomorrow! 

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Speaking of BSFs, 13 eclosed today. 👍 Fly factory. 

      Still waiting on my first 60 BBFs.

      I'll probably have too many flies. 😳

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      The male bleph turned out fine. I threw him a few BSFs this morning before work. Hope he has taken them by the time I'm home. 😊

  21. My male gongy wobbles soooOoOoOoo dramatically when he gets his fly. You'd think hed fall off his perch! 😭

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Lol :)

      - MantisGirl13

  22. 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!

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    1. RebelleSinner

      RebelleSinner

      That’s fascinating 

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Maggots eating food. Yeh, I know. 🤣

    3. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      I wanna grow these up too, so as to not waste them.

  23. Maybe a touchy subject for some. 

    Mantises cost to acquire, feed, house, and heat. I imagine theres a bit of a windfall with succesful pairings.

    Do y'all just break even, or make mad stacks? 😂

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      No one? LMAO!?

       

  24. Well, I have three BSF this morning! It's been a long haul getting them to pupate and eclose.

    Perhaps they'll bridge the lapse until my BBF start eclosing. I have a couple dozen BBF pupae so far. Everything is chugging along nicely!

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      I choose not to imagine a world where I'd have to fight a mantis for the lives of me and my family. 😫

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Lol :)

      Ya, I probably wouldn't keep mantids as pets if they were that big! They would eat me out of house and home! LITERALLY! 

      - MantisGirl13

    4. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Every day, I have 6 - 10 BSF eclose. NICE!  I have them in a dollar store bin with mesh.  I mist the coco earth lightly.

      I scoop them up within a mesh cube,. into small capped plastic bottles for dissemination.

      *still staring at my BBF pupae*

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  25. An update for my frenz 😎

    My slip and fall on the ice (last week) that hurt my shoulder is more serious than first thought. Going on nine days and I still have big pain (sometimes near overwhelming when articulating the joint) thus reduced use of the arm. I know I have to use it, stretch it,  etc. to avoid "frozen shoulder". So, I stretch, and grimace. Guh.

    Doctor told me to give it another week. I do have my referral for an ultrasound. Just waiting until Wednesday or so to see if there's improvement.

    It's painful feeding mantises and mucking out their stalls. LoL. Bathing my sons is brutal. Picking up even a coffee cup requires thought in order to avoid bolts of pain.

    I know, I know. Poor baby.

    Oh! And I have a man cold. It's terrible. 🙄

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Oh my. What a good idea. LoL.

      I'll start by hiding their tablets and PS4. 🙄

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Good idea! Then when they come to you complaining about boredom, give them a job! That's what my mom always does!

      - MantisGirl13

    4. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      They have light chores occasionally. They do help me feed the collection occasionally. Never hydei duty, though. 🤪

      Im close to done with hydei for now. The Panthers have taken some hydei as well as 1/4 pin crickets. And L4 ghosts and spinys still get some near molt time. 

      You know, I find they strongly prefer BBF larvae over BSF larvae.

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