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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
    13 points
  3. Phyllocrania paradoxa (Ghost Mantis) Introduction: The world famous ghost mantis, an extremely popular and easy species to rear, is talked about on an hourly basis on the forums. Ghost mantises are a decent size, extremely hardy, long lived, and tolerant of almost any conditions, not to mention they come in a range of colors, from all shades of brown to yellow, black, gray, greens and even mixes. Ghost mantises are very easy to rear and very attractive.(agent A) The genus name means "leaf head", and the head is outfitted with a twisted, leaf-like projection on top. The walking legs also have s
    12 points
  4. Pnigomantis medioconstricta (double shield mantis)This is a larger species reaching approximately 9 cm in adult females, colors are highly variable, but the main characteristic that is constant are stripes on the forearms and legs. There are also two light colored cheek patches. There are two shields on the pronotum, usually visible after fifth instar.Native range: Flores Island, IndonesiaGood species for a beginner, but some experience with other species is a bonus. Rate of growth is the typical food/heat dependant, when kept warm they will grow quickly, and if kept cooler slow down, however
    7 points
  5. Introduction Species: Heterochaeta cf occidentalis Common name: Giant African Stick mantis / cat-eye mantis / 'Chaeta Physical description: 'chaeta is among the largest species of preying mantis kept in captivity, some documented over half a foot long. 'Chaeta is a stick mimic, with it's long and slender appearance, strikingly resembling a part of a branch. 'Chaeta has two conical protrusions on top of both eyes that are distinguished even from the hatchling stage. Chaeta generally has a medium to dark brown coloration and sometimes developes tinges of green, usually on the femu
    7 points
  6. I'm pleased we now have a forum for discussing insect photography. Please post your camera, lens, lighting, macro techniques and photo editing and stacking software questions here. All skill levels are welcome here. We have some members who are great photographers, and I'm hoping they will join in on the discussions, help answer your questions and share some of their tips.
    7 points
  7. Gongylus gongylodes (Violin Mantis) Introduction: Gongylus gongylodes is a mantis in the Empusidae family. They are native to India, Java, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Adults reach about 4-4½ in total length, males being on the smaller side.(brancsikia339) Their much rarer relative, Gongylus trachelophyllus, occurs only in India, and it seems that these don't exist in culture as of now.(brancsikia339) They go by many common names so it is best not to trust these (Other than violin mantis, its most common name): violin mantis, wandering violin mantis, wandering rose mantis, dead leaf mantis
    7 points
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Stagmomantis limbata (Bordered Mantis) Introduction: Stagmomantis limbata have a wider range than californica, rumored to range all the way into New England. The limbata are larger and have yellow hindwings compared to californica and carolina and are much more abundant than both in the western US.The wings of limbata also end in a wider shape and extend farther than the wings of other stagmomantis species (females specifically). The adaptability of limbata compared to the other stagmomantis species makes it a great beginner stagmomantis. bulkiest Stagmo border on tegmina
    4 points
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. From the album: Hierodula Majuscula

    My male Hierodula Majuscula posing on a mantis sculpture.

    © Machinar94, Dean

    4 points
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  17. 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
  18. Creobroter spp. ([Various] Flower Mantis) Introduction: Creobroter apicalis—Yunnan Flower Mantis Creobroter elongates—Thai Flower mantis Creobroter gemmatus—Jeweled Flower Mantis Creoboter meleagris Creobroter nebulosus—Chinese Flower Mantis Creobroter pictipennis—Indian Flower Mantis Creoboter urbanis The Creobroter genus is an extremely popular genus, with stock seeming to magically appear from nowhere. These very nice looking flower mantises are very easy to care for, and their somewhat exotic look makes them a perfect beginner species. Don't let their size fool you, these are VICIOUS insec
    4 points
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  20. Happy Valentine's Day, my freaky deakies!
    3 points
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