I haven't posted in a while... a few new things though.
First off, an orchid female molted to adult. Second female should molt any day now....
A quick picture - and then I let her dry herself off in peace.
An O. scudderi ooth hatched - one nymph. Hopefully this is the early bird, not the survivor!
Looks just like mama!
Remated the ant female with the male, who died a week later. He did not live very long...
Also, I got lots of feeder insects coming this week, a Tarachodes pair, an
I was not expecting my male ant to molt to an adult.
He is so tiny!
On a side note, the blue bottle pupae have finally started to hatch and the orchids have started eating again.
Also lost a P. ocellata female to old age, RIP.
Both the male orchids died.
After the first one died, I tried feeding the second. Forcefeeding, handfeeding, and dependent feeding for the mantis all failed. He simply would not eat. Crickets, moths, and flies were all refused.
He died 4 days later.
Guess I might have to sell the females or continue this hopeless searching for a male. Maybe I should give up and start over with an ootheca.
The blog system is finally up, excellente. Thanks Peter.
Seems like orchids are being pursued nowadays. My females are a couple day old subadults. Lost an adult male already, probably from old age or maybe even starvation (though I doubt it, he was fed a cricket head every week). I have one remaining adult one, which I think will die before my females molt into adults and mature. Currently keeping females at 80 degrees, male at 70. I am hopeful to buy another orchid male if this one dies befor