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  3. I have an L2 nymph. Im having just a little trouble with the humidity in her little enclosure. im airing it out at the moment. I have the coconut fiber substrate as well as branch, bark, and moss. with the live plants as well. I just need to know how it should look on the inside. im scared I have too much moisture in the substrate but not sure how to identify it. I don't want any bacteria to have a chance to grow?
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  5. I forgot to mention, I was trying to get a male on to a female and She didn’t seem keen so I thought  one more go and she turned round and grabbed him, Aaargh, that was my fault I thought. After eating the head and front legs the male, what was left , walked and climbed on board and successfully mated with her. First time I’ve witnessed that. Wow.  I’m just popping in now and then to tell you my progress for what it’s worth, I don’t know any other Mantid fanciers here in rainy old England. Keep it up And most importantly... Have fun, see ya ✌️ 

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Wow! That's great! Sorry for the loss of your male, but congrats on the successful mating!

      - MantisGirl13

  6. Hey dear mantid community, Sorry for reviving a dead thread. But my Odontomantis weirdly leaves red to darkish brown big spots in his enclosure, even on the gaze. And google really didn't help my out at all. So I was wondering, if someone around here can tell me what's happening with the little guy. You can see it on the leaf in the middle of the picture to the left. It's darkish brown to red. I got him since a little over 2 weeks, he came as L3 and went to L4 now without any problems. But this fluid stuff really concerns me. I switched from small fruitflies to bigger one
  7. Hi would be great for you to respond to me and not ignore me. I really don't want to have to go through all this. 

  8. Hey MrGhostMantis,

    Thanks for the response on the Chinese mantis care sheet. In response to your suggestion of using a 32 oz deli cup: do I put substrate like a paper towel or moss, sand etc.? How would I properly ventilate it to both control humidity and keep prey inside?

    If the temperature where I keep it is hovering around 70 or even the high 60's would I need a heater? If so what do you use to heat the enclosure? I've heard both heat pad and lights.

    A lot of people talk about having a smaller enclosure for juveniles and then moving it to a larger one as it grows. Why not put it in a large enclosure now?

    I actually already ordered keeping the praying mantis!

    1. MrGhostMantis

      MrGhostMantis

      Not really a PM but it works 😅

      Paper towel and peat moss both work well, so does a square of 2 ply toilet paper. Never use sand or rocks, both can crush you mantis if the deli cup falls over. They also don’t hold humidity well. A mesh lid from Mantid Kingdom will work, just order cups from him. I’ll include a link right here.

      High 60’s and 70 should be OK, but your mantis will grow much, much slower. A heat lamp on a thermostat should work as long as it hovers around 80. Never use heat mats, they can short out and turn your mantis enclosure into a sauna. Also, mantids naturally go down to escape heat.

      You may not be able to find your mantis in a big enclosure, and they wouldn’t be able to find their food. If you want to see them, keep it small until the mantis is big.

      Nice! It’s a great book! It has so much info it’s insane.

      Any more questions @KyleB?

  9. I recommend just using a 32oz deli cup for a Sinensis until L6, then you can do a fancier enclosure. This species is really easy so don’t sweat it! Just watch out for over feeding. Maybe add a small fake plant to make the deli cup pretty as long as it doesn’t interfere with molting. They can climb plastic and glass pretty easily but if you are worried just add a sheet of shelf liner and they should be able to climb it just fine. Thermostats aren’t needed, as long as the temp is above 70 you should be good to go. Humidity isn’t really valid although it can help with molting,
  10. I appreciate the information in this care sheet. I am, however, a little frustrated by the lack of consistency that seems to come with mantis care. I read the book "Praying Mantis Ultimate Care Guide" by Thomas Green cover to cover and it has great general information and a lot of warnings about setting up a habitat, but nothing specific enough. I guess part of the problem is the habitat depends completely on the type of mantis you are getting. I am interested in becoming a mantis owner, but have never owned one. I would love some specific, step by step instructions on how to prepare an e
  11. Thank you! I have been looking all over for propper caresheets for this species! 😁
  12. Wow. I hit 1000 reputation points last night! 

    - MantisGirl13 

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    2. hysteresis

      hysteresis

      It would seem, you are very reputable. ;)

      Congratulations!

    3. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Thanks guys!

      - MantisGirl13 

    4. Mantid-Tim

      Mantid-Tim

      Congrats, MantisGirl!

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    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      That's a BIG mantis!

      - MantisGirl13 

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    1. Foxhill

      Foxhill

      3rd Generation attempt successful! :clap:

  15. Mmmmmm!

    Some Dutch treats from a mantis brother!

    Any of this look familiar to you, @Little Mantis😍

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  16. Heterochaeta orientalis adult female, hope your all well, long time! Im still at it. Latest update my Malaysian Blue Hierodula nymphs I produced have made it to adult 3rd generation attempt today unsuccessful but no losses. Fertile Orchid Ooth in the House!  looks like the photo memory thing has been sorted out, may throw some more snaps down. Big up the forum.. Peace!

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  17. Today a Moorish gecko egg I have had for 2 months hatched! :D

    1. MantisMart

      MantisMart

      Wow! Congrats!!

    2. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Awesome!! Pics?

      - MantisGirl13 

  18. Bought a Hestiasula ootheca from Ed and it arrived quickly and in good condition. Now to wait for the hatch!

  19. I have a Idolo L7 Female (last molt 3 weeks ago) for $60. + $40. USPS 2 day = $100.

  20. Mist twice a day up to L4, then once a day should be enough. Good ventilation is also key
  21. Lineola just molted today, overnight/early morning. Now an L6!

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      Congrats!

      - MantisGirl13 

  22. Just a suggestion, though not sure if it's possible for the admins to do- making the care sheets alphabetized would help find people find what they're looking for a bit faster, instead of having the topics organized by date of creation. Just a little suggestion!
  23. I looked it up and it says medium humidity so make sure to not have too little or too much. In order to have medium humidity I would suggest instead of having a completely closed container with substrate to instead have mesh on top with substrate, therefore giving breathing space. Anyone, correct me if I am wrong.
  24. About what humidity specifically would you recommend?
  25. All this talk about Orchid mantids make me want to try raising them again!

    1. MantisGirl13

      MantisGirl13

      You should!

      - MantisGirl13 

  26. I finally got permission to make an Instagram account for my macro photographs. I'm out of space on the forum to post pics, so if you want to check out my macro photos, my Instagram username is galaxymacros :)

    - MantisGirl13 

    1. Bentis

      Bentis

      Following!  I'm @jaxmantis.  🙂

  27. Nooooooo. Not for beginners. Beginners always overspray.
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