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Photography in relation to my current mantids

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Mantis Update x2

Well This morning I checked on my mantids like I always do, and sure enough like I expected Jackie the budwing molted to adult She is beautiful and crazy aggressive.... I love this species Problem is I have no male, so please (!) PM me if you have one Also 80% of the Gongylus have molted, with no mismolts so I must be doing something right I have a Wahlbergii mid-molt to L4 (?) too.... im a bit nervous for her as she seems kind of caught, but im not going to interfere. Last time i did

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Mantis update!

Sorry for not updating the blog, this week was finals week Luckily I am done with them, and it appears I did fairly well, so back to focusing on my mantids Phyllocrania Paradoxa: my only female that laid ooths from my first generation (terminator) was never spotted with a male mating with her. Therefor I had no way of knowing if they were fertile (she was kepy communally so there was a possibility). Well before leaving to my final yesterday i noticed 4 little nymphs in the 32 oz container

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Gongylus setup

My current setup: (moved the cage a bit so you can see the inside) The net wall closest to the lamp is approx. 96 degrees and the back wall is approx. 86 degrees with this setup. As they get older I'll move the light closer for more heat. any suggestions please feel free to post them!

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Stagmomantis Limbata ooth hatched :D

kamakiri was so nice as to offer some limbata nymphs and an ooth for just the price of shipping.... I have a history of not being able to pass up good deals so... Everything arrived fine, with only one casualty. Well the nymphs themselves have not faired to well, as my priority was the ooth and my other species but luckily the ooth has exploded with nymphs. I missed the main hatching or "flood" of nymphs but I was able to catch a few late little guys The ooth: Two stragglers: (notice

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Screw it! (#2)

AND here's some pictures of the hardest mantis I've ever taken a picture of. This species NEVER STOPS RUNNING OR JUMPING. They are insane lol

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Screw it!

I can't wait until tomorrow to take a few pictures of these guys The conditions sucked (inside my kitchen) so they aren't any good, but the subject is incredible Here's three of one of the Gongylus:

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They arrived!!

My Gongylus and Sibylla's arrived today Sadly my net cage has not arrived so i had to do some last minute redesigning of a few old enclosures, but so far I'd say they are loving their new home The gongylus are all feasting on an endless supply of fruit flies and the Sibylla's are jumping across their containers not being able to sit still for what ever reason They came after the sun has gone down so pictures will follow tomorrow. Im pretty siked!

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Sad day :(

Well very sad news. I went to turn off my heat lamp in the bug room and decided to check on my mantids. Sure enough my only adult ghost left from the first generation is dead on the floor She should have lived much longer, and seemed extremely lively and healthy earlier. I hate it when mantids randomly die I guess old gets replaced by new -------------------------------- Edit: well I checked on her this morning to remove her from the cage and found that my other ghost in that same enclos

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Merry Christmas!!

Merry christmas everyone! Well I personally got a few guitar related items, but the majority was mantis related The 20 nymphs I got from ismart were part of it along with some new containers, a new heat lamp, and *drum roll please* 6 Sibylla/ 10 gongylus nymphs I will post pictures when I can

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New pictures - Rhombodera species

This particular little guy is an L2 nymph.... let me know what you think? Such a beautiful mantis, no? I look forward to these guys growing up, and gaining that awesome shield

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Update on my new nymphs from Ismart

Well I forgot to mention in my last entry that most of the species I listed were just recently bought from Ismart (100% recommend... he's a great guy) I bought 5 ghosts and got one extra, 5 rhombodera and got one extra, and 7 wahlbergii and (you guessed it) got one extra. Good news: - I can already tell im going to love the shield mantids.... they are extremely aggressive to their prey and have no issue with chasing them across their containers. Also despite all I hear about mismolting with

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My enclosures and species

I am currently keeping the following species: Phyllocrania Paradoxa - x8 (1 adult female left from my first generation) + 3 ooths Pseudocreobotra Wahlbergii - x8 Rhombodera sp. - x6 Parasphendale agrionina - x1 Stagmomantis Limbata - to many to count + 1 ooth My current enclosures: This is where I kept all my adult ghosts together. All I have left from my first generation are one sub-adult (she mismolted terribly and has somehow made it through to sub-adult even though she ate very rare

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Introduction

Whats up guys This is hopefully the beginning of an active blog concerning my love for praying mantids, and how I photograph them. First things first, my name is Tanner and I am 15 years old. I have always had a fascination with insects, and more recently photography to capture their exquisite detail and majestic beauty. I've raised hundreds of my local species since I was a little kid (Stagmomantis Limbata), but never mated them. As my curiosity grew I found this website back in 2008 and d

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