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Adventures in Mantis-Keeping

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New Mantis Update

This is a rather ridiculously belated blog post, but oh well. I ended up ordering another mantis, this time a ghost because I've heard so much about them on the forum and they had really started to grow on me. So I got this tiny little thing in the mail on Friday, May 3rd. (I'd forgotten how small they started out!) The nymph was pretty clearly a girl by the shape of her prothorax (like an arrowhead) and my sister named her Lenie, after another book character who's about as twisted mentally as t

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All Grown Up

Siri's molted to adult about a week ago with no complications. (Well, one of his under wings is a little crumpled... don't know if this will prevent him from flying or not.) He's been very calm when I hold him: we haven't had any startled flights yet. Last night, I got a break in homework and started modifying a Kritter Keeper for Siri's new home... I've got him in retooled Pub Mix bottle right now, with one side cut out and replaced with a screen for ventilation and hanging. It's a litt

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Spring Update

It's been awhile since I've gotten on the forum... Last quarter, classes were pretty overwhelming for me, and poor Siri didn't get handled very much at all. (Not that it appears to bother him, as he's not that inclined to come out of his cage. I'm changing his enclosure soon though so I can have easier access and it'll be less stressful for him.) After a series of molts every two weeks, he's been stalled at L6 for over a month and a week. He's moved from houseflies to bluebottles, which I find m

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Siri's Arrival

I almost missed when my H. patellifera nymph came into the post office; tracking the package across the U.S., I saw it was supposed to arrive the morning that I drove from my family home back to my apartment (only a half hour away, but I don't have my own car anymore so if I had missed his arrival, I'd have to do some finagling to get him up to the apartment.) I went down to the post office and asked if any "live arrival" packages had come in; the woman at the front desk said no and I walked out

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Introduction

After perusing blogs by other members, I thought it might be fun to have one of my own: even if it serves only to house my ramblings. But my hope is that I'll be able to record interesting/exciting mantis events as they come so that I may one day better remember them... Considering this is the first time I've done anything like this, we'll see how it goes. My name is Jamie, and I am a full-time student close to completing my Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science. Last year I lived in a dor

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