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  1. The Ghost Mantids have been outside since Sunday and they are honestly loving it! They camouflage is just so amazing, I'm not at all worried! I just need to find a way to feed them while outside! Haha! (Don't worry, I'm watching the weather for cold nights!) 🙂

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Free roaming outside of your home? 

    2. minomantis

      minomantis

      Yes, but they stay on house plants that I keep on my porch. They aren't going anywhere.

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Is your porch screened in? 

      - MantisGirl13

  2. Just came from work and Mocha is in the middle of molting!! The first ghost molting I've witnessed! She's beautiful!

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      They're spectacular! 

    2. Synapze

      Synapze

      Can't wait to see!

    3. Graceface

      Graceface

      Exciting!!! ❤️ 

  3. It's been a little while and I promise I'm still around, just a lot of life things happening at the moment. The ghosts are all doing really well! ButterRum-Verde molted the first week or March into a beautiful green mantis! Her wings are a little lighter than Iris'! Mocha is actually on the verge of a molt! I'm pretty excited for her! She is still a beautiful brown and I believe she will keep this rich deep brown which is a OKAY! Lol I'm hoping for a molt today or tomorrow!

    1. Synapze

      Synapze

      Hope the molt goes well! ☺️

    2. Graceface

      Graceface

      Sending positive vibes for a good molt 😊

  4. Another good morning in the Mantis household! ButterRum-Verde is on the verge of a molt! Iris and Mocha took down a dubia today and they were on the bigger side. Although she has one arm, Iris is still very fierce! Love my mantids! Happy Friday everyone!

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Happy Friday, brother.

      😊

    2. Graceface

      Graceface

      Excited to see adult ButterRum Verde! ❤️ Happy Friday! 

  5. Iris and ButterRum-Verde has a little altercation this morning. Put them on the same plant and Iris felt threatened. They sized each other up for a little. Iris even almost opened her wings. I have to remember that ghosts are semi communal! It was interesting to see this behaviour though! Watching a mantis with wings display vs. a mantis without wings. 

  6. It was a good morning in the mantis household! Iris ate her first real meal after molting which was a good sized dubia! She is a one armed wonder!😊 ButterRum-Verde also had a roach which I was surprised about. Her wings are in the prepuff stage and I guess only the mantis keepers of a long time would understand that idea, but I'm trying to fatten her up before she stops eating! Mocha demolished two flies today and it was so impressive! Haha! Love them!

  7. We have an adult Iris!! She's gorgeous! Pictures will come soon!

    1. Graceface

      Graceface

      Yay! So excited for you ❤️ Can't wait to see her! 

  8. I see a pumping abdomen! Iris will molt soon! :)

    Idk if it's just me, but my phone won't allow me to type 'molt' without trying to correct it to something else! 🙃🙃🙃 Every time...🙃

    1. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      Molt .. USA

      Moult .. The rest of the anglophone world.

      Nonetheless, ive been typing molt. But... colour, harbour, labour...

  9. Proud to report that Mocha molted last and she is still, well mocha! Haha! Operation will she turn green is in effect! Iris has swollen wing buds so I know a molt is coming soon! ButterRum-Verde is living life eating flies and dubias! :)

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      How does this work @Graceface? My nymph already has a lot of green. She may lose it?

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    3. Graceface

      Graceface

      Well, she just molted, right @hysteresis? Color post molt takes a few days to sort itself out. Iris didn't turn green until L6. Bellatrix was green as of L4 and stayed that way all through her molts. It depends on a lot of factors, including genetics, humidity, temperature, and perch coloration. I would say if she is green now, she will probably stay green. 

       

    4. minomantis

      minomantis

      I agree with @Graceface! Remember ButterRum-Verde turned green a week after her molt but only after she was on a green perch and misted everyday multiple times a day. I think they change accordingly to what’s needed. When I got Iris, she was green but she has settled into a yellow green now. Many factors.

  10. Out of town for a couple days and left the ghosts on the house plant! They'll be fine! Might come back to three green ghosts! :)

  11. Found some of you on Instagram! If you have a mantis or animal account let me know! :)

    1. Graceface

      Graceface

      If you like cats, I have an account for my kitties as well as my mantises. They are @twocuteragdolls 😊❤️

    2. Synapze
    3. minomantis

      minomantis

      Found you already @Synapze lol

  12. Mama Hierodula is on her last stretch. :( She made her way to the ground and slowly making her way out. I pet her on the thorax and thanked her for being a good mantis friend and now I will allow nature to naturally take her away. Such a good little girlie! 

    1. Graceface

      Graceface

      Aww, so sad to lose a friend! She had a good life ❤️ 

    2. Prayingmantisqueen

      Prayingmantisqueen

      So sad! Auf wiedersien Mama Hirodula!

  13. Bought "Keeping the Praying Mantis" and excited for a relaxed Sunday evening!

    1. Graceface

      Graceface

      Great book! Enjoy! ❤️ 

    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      I'm learning lots from that text.

       

  14. Mantids are doing well! ButterRum has eaten her second dubia. I'm gonna try to turn her into a roach girl for a little. (I have too many baby dubias) Mocha caught a dubia yesterday, ate half of it and then threw it. Maybe she doesn't like? Idk! Iris wants a dubia, but because of her one arm and the awesome grip powers of the dubia, she can't quite pull them off the branches. I'll stick to flies with her! :)

  15. Just as I suspected, ButterRum molted yesterday and she is now subadult! She's gorgeous! Now that Mocha has a perch, she's eating a lot more, pretty steadily now! Iris is just hanging out! I truly love the ghost mantis. They are such a relaxed mantis!

    1. Prayingmantisqueen
    2. Graceface

      Graceface

      Congrats on the molt! ❤️ 

  16. ButterRum has raised wing buds so I know her molt will happen soon. I'm hoping that when I come back from work, she will have molted, we'll see. Mama Hierodula mated again, but I don't think anything will come of it. I'm gonna put my male back in his enclosure because she keeps bringing all the boys to the yard (let me know if you sang the song haha). Have a good day everyone!

    1. Synapze

      Synapze

      Sang it about 2 days ago. 😂

  17. There are many days when humans suck and all I want to do is watch my mantids and feed my fish. 

    1. Graceface

      Graceface

      I feel this way most days

  18. Iris is just a monster! For having one foreleg, she destroys flies. It's very impressive! Butter Rum is still looking like she will molt soon so I'm just keeping her warm and the humidity high. Mocha is doing her own thing. Way behind her sisters, but it's her own journey and she's just taking it a little slower and that's ok! haha! Mama Hierodula is still calling and I just don't understand, but she knows what she wants. Just allowing her to enjoy her time on the Pothos plant! 

    Hope everyone is staying warm!☺️

    1. Graceface

      Graceface

      Iris definitely loves flies! She is slow to make her move sometimes, but she is a eating machine 😊

      Good luck on the molts! 

  19. Been a busy week for me so I've been letting the ghosts do their own thing.

    Iris, my green ghost packed away 4 bb flies all at her discretion. She might have a fifth if she's feeling it! Butter Rum, my Hazel ghost might molt soon! Watching her closely! Momma Hierodula hasn't laid an ooth yet, but she's just living her best life and that's ok! Mocha is acting a bit moody. Hasn't eaten in a little while(ok....quite literally as I am writing, she just caught a fly) she doesn't like to eat in her enclosure. She seems to need to be on a branch in order to feel comfortable to hunt. Hmm. 

    Other than that, all is well! :)

  20. I'm starting to think that I won't get an ooth from my female Hierodula. She seems to have slowed down significantly. I'm watching her day by day, but she's gracefully doing her own thing. She moves her abdomen in a way that she might lay and it would be cool to get an ooth from her, but her comfort is my main priority! She is beautiful!

    1. Prayingmantisqueen

      Prayingmantisqueen

      If you get one great! But if not, as you say, comfort is the best.

  21. Huzzah!! My mantis senses were correct! Iris molted probably 25 minutes after I posted the first post! I need to watch, but ghost mantises molt so fast! I also keep them in a place where the heat is probably around 80F and the humidity is super high, so they probably just slip out of their exoskeletons. Glad it was a successful molt!

    1. Synapze

      Synapze

      Awesome!

    2. Graceface

      Graceface

      Yay! Congrats on the molt ❤️ Iris should be a sub adult now

    3. Prayingmantisqueen
  22. A couple updates! My brown ghost named Mocha molted last night! So she's officially L5. I'm pretty sure Iris, my green ghost is going to molt soon! I picked her up to check on her and she NEEDED to be hanging upside-down. She wouldn't stay on my hand so I think a molt may come soon! No ooth yet from mama Hierodula! Fingers crossed! 

  23. A couple of little updates! Iris, my new female green ghost had her first meal in my care! It was a fruit fly and I'm sure she can handle bb flies, but starting off slow after the journey. I'm waiting for my other female ghost to molt! I'm almost certain it's coming soon😅😅! (Honestly can't tell, just putting my mantis reasoning skills to the test lol). Put my female Hierodula in the bathroom to see if the higher humidity levels from the showers would help her want to lay an ooth. She's more than ready, just hasn't found the spark to trigger it, so hopefully this is it. Happy hump day everyone!😉

  24. Hierodulas are mating again! Maybe I should out the male back in his enclosure!🤔 Looks like this might be a regular thing.😅

  25. I've never really raised a mantis all the way through an entire life cycle. Either I let them go around the house and let nature do its thing (the Chinese Mantids) or there is a freak accident that happens. In saying that, I'm really enjoying the different stages of my female Hierodula maj. She's an old girl. She's going on 6 months and she hasn't slowed down too much. She's definitely an older mantis. Her color is a little faded but other than that, she's still kicking. I think it's the pollen filled dubias she eats! (That's the secret😉) Waiting for an egg case from her so I can raise her young. I know she won't be around forever, but it's been truly a joy to take care of her! #Proudmantisdad

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