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  1. MichiganMantisGuy14

    Gongylus gongylodes adult female & her L1 nymph

    From the album: Gongylus gongylodes, Violin Mantis

    This is one of my gravid adult female Indian violin mantis, Gongylus gongylodes and one of her L1 nymphs.

    © MichiganMantisGuy©

  2. MichiganMantisGuy14

    Violin mantis / More Nymphs have Hatched!

    From the album: Gongylus gongylodes, Violin Mantis

    Indian Violin Mantis -Gongylus gongylodes; Today I had a hidden violin Ootheca hatch! Have my adult female violin Mantis that I mated loose walking around in my Mantis room, normally she lays her Ooths attached to a bunch of branches that are out in the open room, so I can harvest them when I see them. But this time she laid her Ooth down underneath the bottom of a shelf attached to a light timer that is actually very warm. It took me about two hours to collect 27 newly hatched nymphs that were scattered throughout the room... So now I have four different batches of violins, 1st are L4 now, 2nd are L3 3rd are L2 and now 4th batch today of L1s... Awesome! = )

    © ©MichiganMantisGuy / preyingmantisguy@gmail.com ©

  3. MichiganMantisGuy14

    Fresh Violin Ootheca

    From the album: Gongylus gongylodes, Violin Mantis

    So far here is the total volume of Ootheca princes Veolena has produced.?

    © © MichiganMantisGuy / preyingmantisguy@gmail.com / Terra Vasculum ©

  4. MichiganMantisGuy14

    Fresh Violin Ootheca

    From the album: Gongylus gongylodes, Violin Mantis

    So far here is the total volume of Ootheca princes Veolena has produced.?

    © © MichiganMantisGuy / preyingmantisguy@gmail.com / Terra Vasculum ©

  5. MichiganMantisGuy14

    Violin Ooth being laid

    From the album: Gongylus gongylodes, Violin Mantis

    This is princes Veolena my adult female Violin mantis, laying one of her many Ootheca.

    © © MichiganMantisGuy / preyingmantisguy@gmail.com / Terra Vasculum ©

  6. SilentDeviL

    Gongylus Gongylodes

    From the album: Gongylus Gongylodes

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  7. SilentDeviL

    Gongylus Gongylodes

    From the album: Gongylus Gongylodes

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  8. SilentDeviL

    Gongylus Gongylodes

    From the album: Gongylus Gongylodes

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  9. SilentDeviL

    Gongylus Gongylodes

    From the album: Gongylus Gongylodes

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  10. SilentDeviL

    Gongylus Gongylodes

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  11. SilentDeviL

    Gongylus Gongylodes

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  12. Of the nymphs that hatched from my G. gongylodes ooths, 4 females have made it to adult. They all molted perfectly several weeks ago (about mid-December). The few males I had ended up mis-molting; but I received a second chance to try to breed this species by obtaining 4 sub-adult males in a trade with ABbuggin. It seemed like forever between the time all of the females molted to adult, and the first male molted to adult. I was beginning to think they were never going to grow up! Of these four, two have very recently finally molted to adult with no complications. The 3rd one I found had fallen and mismolted. I tried to clothespin him up, but it was too late and he died. The remaining sub-adult male has yet to molt to adult; I'm hoping for the best, as he seems to be weak or injured. Instead of hanging from the ceiling of the cage like the others, he hangs haphazardly, not using all of his walking legs, and lower down on one of the sides. I'm wondering if he will make it. But having 2 perfect adult males for the 4 females is not too bad. Going to try to mate 2 pairs in about a week. Took some pics of them on Christmas day. Here is one of the (then) sub-adult males... Gongylus gongylodes sub-adult male (December 2009) And here is one of the adult females... Gongylus gongylodes adult female (December 2009)
  13. Katnapper

    Four male Gongys

    Received my 4 sub adult male Gongys from a trade today... so hopefully they will all molt to adult sucessfully and I'll be back in business in hopes of breeding them. Will have to take some pics later. Just haven't gotten around to it yet. It was 87F. in the bug room today (whew!), and I turned the heat down a little. Was working in there sweating. It felt kind of funny... because it's been in the lower 30's today outside. One plus from all the heat was that a bunch of houseflies eclosed to adult, and there are now many happy and full mantids in the bug room.
  14. Katnapper

    Another Gongy Male gone

    I tried giving the mis-molted male Gongy a chance by hand feeding; but it didn't make a difference. The night before last I was checking up on the Gongys, and the mismolted one had died. Hand feeding the mis-molted to adult male Gongylus gongylodes before he died. But I was shocked to see that the only other male I had, had molted to adult and was half eaten, only his upper thorax and head left on the bottom of the cage. I figure one of the females must have caught him molting and was hungry. I've been low on flies at the beginning of the week. Glad I've at least got some houseflies hatching now. Hopefully they will hold the Gongys over until my current BB's hatch, or my new order gets here and hatches. Luckily, Andrew and I came to an agreement for a trade... in which I should be getting 4 Gongy males for my 5 females tomorrow. Hopefully will be able to breed this species. One curious thing is one Gongy female that mis-molted about a month or so ago. She's very hunched up, and now about 1/3 to 1/4 the size of the rest of the subs and adult females. Every time I check the cage, I'm surprised she's still living! I took her out the other night and hand fed her after hand feeding the mis-molted male. She cannot hold on to food, but she eagerly ate. This was the first time I'd fed her, and I don't know how she's kept surviving until now. Either she's somehow gotten lucky and caught some food somehow... or she's a strong willed specimen, giving it her all to survive. Even if she makes it to the next molt, I have no idea how it will go... she's so badly disfigured, and always hanging around on or near the bottom of the cage, hardly able to climb. Mis-molted female Gonglyus gongylodes being hand fed (December 2009)
  15. About 4 days after the first female Gongylus gongylodes of my group molted to adult, the first male has now molted last night. But I found him at the bottom of the net cage not looking so good. When I carefully took him out and inspected him, he has mis-molted with one back leg fully missing, another half missing on the same side, and the other rear leg missing a portion at the end. One of his front raptorial claws is partly amputated, and he is also missing the lower portion of one outer wing. It's very strange, as it looks as if it were cut horizontally across the middle. He drank from my hand when I misted him, but he's unable to really get around or climb the netting of the cage. Update: I took a break from writing earlier, and just checked on him again. This is the second time I've found him today on the bottom of the cage on his back, not moving unless prodded, legs half-heartedly clawing the air, but unable to get up on his own. Unfortunately, I'm sure he's on his way out. I skipped a day of misting yesterday and the room temperature was 85F. The Gongys are also under a heat lamp. I believe skipping the daily misting didn't help; but the mis-molt was still quite strange with the missing leg and leg pieces, and wing portion. I'm going to have to be more vigilant about misting and not skipping any days if keeping the temps. so warm. Mis-molted to adult male Gongylus gongylodes (December 2009)
  16. From the 2 Gongylus gongylodes ooths I obtained and that hatched at the end of September, the first female has molted to adult. These have seemed pretty hardy and easy to care for, with only a couple of mismolts and deaths. I also seem to have a good mix of males and females, so I'm hoping to try my hand at breeding this species. Here are some pics of the first adult of these 2 ooths (which I have been keeping all together in a 12x12 net cage under a heat lamp). Gongylus gongylodes adult female (December 2009) Gorgeous underside of her abdomen
  17. Well, I finally decided I was ready to take the plunge and ordered 2 WC Idolomantis diabolica (which have turned out to be Gongylus gongylodes) ooths from Ian a couple of weeks ago. Actually, I ordered and was assured these were Idolomantis diabolica ooths. But I now think there was a slight mistake. The first one just hatched the other day, with the second following about 3 days later. The first ooth produced only about 5 nymphs, and the second about the same. I'm keeping them under a heat lamp, and they seem to love basking in the light. Right now they are having to make due with flying melanogasters and some D. hydei... which is all I have until my shipments of house flies and blue bottle flies makes it here. I hate the unreliability of flies. They sometimes don't hatch, and shipments can take forever it seems! Here is a shot of the first batch on the first night. I got one of the little boogers out to look at more closely and take some pics. He sure didn't want to stay still for pictures! Thus, these aren't the clearest or greatest... but you can get an idea. I knew they would be larger at hatching than most all other nymphs.... but it was still amazing to see their size at L1.
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