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Shed to subadult, can't seem to get a good pic. I got a pic of it a few days before it shed: Hasn't eaten in a while, i'm leaving it for today, i'll feed it tomorrow.

blitzmantis

blitzmantis

[4] Updates ~

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

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Mantida

[3] Very unexpected

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.

Mantida

Mantida

[2] What a bummer...

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.

Mantida

Mantida

[1] Hooray!

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

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