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  1. Introduction Hymenopus coronatus, Orchid Mantis The nymphs are spectacular mimics of orchid flowers and look very much like a tiny version of the popular moth orchid flowers seen at various stores. Southeast Asia, most common stock from Malaysia. Difficulty level: intermediate Development Molts take place about every three weeks until the ultimate molt which can take twice as long. Hatchlings are red and black and may mimic certain assassin bugs. Later instars to adult are white to pink. Adults live from three to six months, rarely much lo
    14 points
  2. Tenodera sinensis (Chinese Mantis) Introduction When asked to envision the stereotypical praying mantis, many Americans conjure up the image of Tenodera sinensis. Along with cousin, T. augustipennis, it's known also as the Chinese mantis. Impressive size coupled with commonness—at least in the eastern half of the US—have influenced this standing. Yet for a child, common doesn't necessarily equate to run of the mill, and such insects are prized for their otherworldly appearance, fascinating behavior, and endearing mannerisms. As the common name implies, the Chinese mantis will always be alie
    12 points
  3. Busy day here today! Yesterday I spent a few hours cleaning cages and moving mantids and ooths to bigger cages for molting, hatching, etc. I'm so glad I did all that yesterday, because I had one of the ooths (G. amoena) hatch out today (2 nymphs so far). One of the ghosts molted to subadult! She is so pretty! (Pictures coming) I also fed my green anoles and finally got the picky eater to eat a mealworm.
    6 points
  4. From the album: Delta.

    My baby girls first trip outside, it was a beautiful 78 degrees and slightly windy. Since she was purchased during the winter and it seems her end is nearing, I wanted her to experience the great outdoors. She had fun though, much exploring.

    © LAME

    5 points
  5. Sphodromantis spp. (African Mantis) Introduction: Most common in culture: Sphodromantis sp. "blue flash"—known for the blue marking on the inside of femur. Sphodromantis lineola Sphodromantis viridis These are rather large mantises. The adults reach 3-3.5 inches long and are very bulky in appearance. They have the typical mantis look to them. This genus is mainly from Africa and nearby parts of Europe.(agent A) Color: various hues of brown and green. Difficulty level: beginner. Development: Molting is rarely an issue with this species. Young nymphs should be misted often to prevent mismolts,
    4 points
  6. I graduated to the Devil's Flower Mantis rank today! Over 4,000 posts. Wow. And I've only been on here just under two years! - MantisGirl13
    4 points
  7. Iris and ButterRum-Verde has a little altercation this morning. Put them on the same plant and Iris felt threatened. They sized each other up for a little. Iris even almost opened her wings. I have to remember that ghosts are semi communal! It was interesting to see this behaviour though! Watching a mantis with wings display vs. a mantis without wings.
    4 points
  8. Hello all, This is my farewell update... I was so blessed to be a part of the mantids community and working with everyone I worked with. I am getting out of mantids for a while, do not mourn for me tho. Everything in life is a choice and a learning experience. God gives trials and blessings to try our character and fit us for Him. I had fun an I will have fun with the next critters too. Anyway, tschüss!! Bis später!!
    4 points
  9. From the album: Hierodula Majuscula

    My male Hierodula Majuscula posing on a mantis sculpture.

    © Machinar94, Dean

    4 points
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  11. Care Sheet Template Topic must be titled with scientific name and common name (example "Phyllocrania paradoxa Ghost Mantis"). Introduction Scientific and common namePhysical description/appearance, i.e. size, color, shape, crypsis, etc. Native range Difficulty level: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or expertDevelopment Rate of growth and factors involvedLongevity Molting observationsBehavior/temperament Degree of activityDegree of aggression or timidityPropensity to cannibalizeDynamics of threat displayCaptive Environment Temperature range and humidity levelsType and size of enclosure(s) use
    4 points
  12. Popa spurca (Twig Mantis) Introduction: Hailing from africa, this stick mimic reaches 3 inches long and is a very easy species to deal with.(agent A) Development: L1 mortality is pretty low.(agent A) Males molt one less time than females; females molt eight times, and males molt seven times.(agent A) if kept cooler and drier, the nymphs can take ten months to reach adulthood. However, if kept warmer and wetter (within reason), it can take less than half as long. (agent A) Behavior/temperament: This species is rather sedentary.(agent A) Degree of aggression or timidityPropensity to cannibalizeD
    3 points
  13. Happy Valentine's Day, my freaky deakies!
    3 points
  14. From the album: My 2 Ghosts

    My buddy "Blackie" watching his favorite youtube channel. http://oi62.tinypic.com/29mwp4w.jpg
    3 points
  15. From the album: Others

    Just picked them up today! Stoked!
    3 points
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