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  1. 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
  2. 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
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  3. 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
  4. 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, tschΓΌss!! Bis spΓ€ter!!
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  7. Can't wait till tomorrow! I am going to the Philly Insectarium with a friend of mine. They have mantids!! - MantisGirl13
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  8. My last day of being 13 years old! I hope I get mantids and a good camera for my birthday tomorrow!! - MantisGirl13
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  9. Well. I guess I didnt need to post that farwell update so quickly since I haven't "left" yet and probably will be in contact for a while! I am saying a prayer for all of you trying to get some mantises bred and hatching ooths and all of that good stuff! I dont know why I am even posting this other than I am so excited I finally am a Flower Mantis on my rank! I haven't checked in a while so I was super excited to see that πŸ˜†
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  10. Utah has become an adult! She molted overnight last night and is on the lid of her enclosure, hanging and generally looking beautiful. I will take photos later at feeding/care time. I also have pics of Gustav, I just didn't get them on Photobucket as yet.
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  11. Still no connection with Xena and any male. I have 4 adult male Orchids, though I'm shocked Domenic is still alive. He has lost a leg from age (he lost the tarsi first, then the rest) and only rarely eats, but is still kicking. I haven't been trying him as a breeder, thinking he is too old, but idk I'm new to breeding! Utah is due to molt to adult any day now, and I have 3 more subs right behind her, a presub, and 2 L5s. So, soon I will have a whole slew of adult female Orchids! Impatiently waiting for Arthur and Gustav, the male Ghosts, to molt to adult. It's been almost 8 weeks since they hit sub. Declan should also molt to adult soon
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  12. My golden Noël is doing funny stuff with her butt. Guess she's looking for love. 🀣
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  13. Happy Valentine's Day, my freaky deakies!
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  14. Orchid update: I'm expecting 2 adult female Orchids tomorrow and I'm so excited! My newly molted males will have girlfriends after all! I haven't attempted any breeding yet, so this marks a new chapter for me in my mantis journey. Hoping to have good news to share in the next week about the results Ghosts: No new adults yet, but Bellatrix is looking fatter than normal. How long will it take for her to start laying ooth? She hasn't been bred, as I have no adult males, but she has been adult for a month now
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  15. So, with Mantis Keepers temporarily disabled, who.else is back in here jonesing? 🀣
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  16. Really missing taking care of some mantids! Hopefully soon I can get back into it!
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  17. Sending good vibes and warm wishes for a beautiful day to my mantis community! I hope all is well!
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  18. Today a Moorish gecko egg I have had for 2 months hatched!
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  19. I'm so excited! I just got accepted into the dual enrollment program at my local high school! This means that when I start my sophomore year of high school in the fall, I will also be doing work at Delaware County Community College, and I'll graduate with an associate's degree! - MantisGirl13
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  20. Four more reputation points and I have the most out of everyone on the forum! Wow. I spend too much time on here. XD - MantisGirl13
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  21. I was planning to mate my green female ghost this afternoon, but I got back from grocery shopping and she had laid me a nice big infertile ooth. So I decided to see if my male would be interested in my big dark female. Sure enough, after three hours of fooling around on her back, Pumpkin the male decided to make the connection!!!!! This is the first ghost mating of the season for me, but not the last! I have three other females waiting for their turn. - MantisGirl13
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  22. Have to share. This was cute. The special note was from Caleb (7yo). 🀣
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  23. Feeling cute. Might make a hydei culture later, idk. πŸ€£πŸ‘
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  24. I invited Yen Saw to join my FaceBook group and OMG he joined. He is like the Mantis Breeder Hero LOL LOL I'm such a fan!! I've ordered from him a few times and he very much deserves every good thing said about him.
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  25. BB flies are starting to pop. Took 10 days. 70F until I started warming them up a bit Saturday evening. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ Maybe I ought to carefully warm them right through. Afraid of dessication though.
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  26. I just got back from a 5-day camping trip in Shenandoah. The area is beautiful! Pics tomorrow. I got home to 13 new spiny nymphs and two new Sybilla pretiosa nymphs. I'm bummed that the Sybilla ooth didn't hatch more. The female orchid and two female ghost will be molting to adult any day now. I'm getting my crested gecko soon too! - MantisGirl13
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  27. Hosting Caleb's 7th BDay party today. All our mantises dressed to the 9s. πŸ‘ŠπŸ€£
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  28. Bellatrix went to the big terrarium in the sky today 😭 She was my favorite Ghost, my lil green bug eating machine. I woke to find her barely hanging from the tulle in her enclosure. I tried to give her some water or honey, but she was pretty far gone and was just striking at things out of instinct. I held her and thanked her for being my friend, then put her in the freezer. R.I.P Bellatrix: you were a special lady and a great mantis She laid 7 oothecca and lived 4 months as an adult ❀️
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  29. Well, I thought my orchid gal was subadult because she was L7 and Graceface said that female orchids are adult at L8, but it turns out she molted again (to sub this time) and she is HUGE! Pictures to come.I - MantisGirl13
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  30. Just came from work and Mocha is in the middle of molting!! The first ghost molting I've witnessed! She's beautiful!
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  31. Many of my remaining BSFL are very small. So, I figured i'd add something to eat. Wow. Just a few hours and they're well into this slice of cucumber!
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  32. My husband caught some horse flies in our powered shop. We don't know where they are coming from, and can't locate the source as yet. It's probably a dead rat somewhere in the walls (ew!), but who am I to look a gift horse fly in the mouth! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ I put a video of Utah catching one on my IG. I tried to link it here but it didn't work. I'll have to get a Dropbox and try that
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  33. Another good morning in the Mantis household! ButterRum-Verde is on the verge of a molt! Iris and Mocha took down a dubia today and they were on the bigger side. Although she has one arm, Iris is still very fierce! Love my mantids! Happy Friday everyone!
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  34. It's a good day. All mantises still alive. πŸ€ͺπŸ‘Œ
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  35. Our oldest spiny molted to i6. My youngest boy jumped up on the couch to get at eye level, and sang her happy birthday. This is not the 1st molt he's done that for, but it's still special everytime he does it. 😍
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  36. Gustav finally molted to adult last night. Came home from work to find him with wings. It's about time! Now, if only Arthur would take a cue from his brother 😊 Utah is still hanging and looking molty, so she will hopefully molt today. I also have a female orchid who is about to molt to subadult, and is looking ready to molt any second. Hopefully, she will molt tonight, too.
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  37. It was a good morning in the mantis household! Iris ate her first real meal after molting which was a good sized dubia! She is a one armed wonder!😊 ButterRum-Verde also had a roach which I was surprised about. Her wings are in the prepuff stage and I guess only the mantis keepers of a long time would understand that idea, but I'm trying to fatten her up before she stops eating! Mocha demolished two flies today and it was so impressive! Haha! Love them!
    2 points
  38. We have an adult Iris!! She's gorgeous! Pictures will come soon!
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  39. Just ordered 5 more mantids; one for my nephew (the Chinese mantis I got him died from the thunder dome style shipping method) the spiny flower he originally requested is back in stock at my preferred place plus a couple more ghost mantis because my 5 year old just loves them. Well also keep 2 more nymph spinys besides the one that will be swapped for Spots. Spots is gonna leave with my nephew this weekend since the order won’t arrive in time BUT STILL lol Birthday crises averted! Winning? I think so lol
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  40. Proud to report that Mocha molted last and she is still, well mocha! Haha! Operation will she turn green is in effect! Iris has swollen wing buds so I know a molt is coming soon! ButterRum-Verde is living life eating flies and dubias!
    2 points
  41. Little update! Julio is doing well and he is still shedding. Something I must get used to. I am so used to mantids doing all their molt in one time so it is different to wait weeks for a beardie molt to be done. One nice thing is I can still handle him during sheds (unlike mantids!). He is eating well and going bonkers over superworms and crickets. I think he gets more crickets at my house than he did at his previous home so now he is spoiled πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ Still refining my parenting techniques, ha ha! Book: Also the book is near completion for all you who contributed and those who didnt!! Just finding a few more pics so if any of you want to check out my topic on the book I could still use feeder pics and how to sex a male mantis pic.
    2 points
  42. Excited to announce... I woke up to find Cameron is an adult! He molted last night and I now have an adult male ghost! I'll take some photos and post them in my thread later today. I just had to share 😊❀️
    2 points
  43. Just as I suspected, ButterRum molted yesterday and she is now subadult! She's gorgeous! Now that Mocha has a perch, she's eating a lot more, pretty steadily now! Iris is just hanging out! I truly love the ghost mantis. They are such a relaxed mantis!
    2 points
  44. Tried again today to pair Dom and Xena to no avail. She seemed stir crazy and wouldn't stay still, even though I tried to get her to climb 30min earlier and she refused, lol. She kept doing donuts around the net enclosure and didn't want to go back to her normal enclosure. Dom seemed interested but wouldn't make a move, even when I held him an inch away and distracted Xena with honey water. His eyes are looking photoreacted today, even in the well lit room; I think he is over the hill πŸ˜’ Dom is moving around okay and otherwise seems fine, but he is 10wks mature now Adam is up next. He is around 2wks mature now, but I will probably wait until next week to try again, just to be certain he is old enough to get the job done
    2 points
  45. I've been out of town for the past 5 days and I've come back to see that one of my ghosts have successfully molted. This is to L5 and it was the orange brown one. Trying to mist everyday to lighten her to a greenish color maybe? Don't think it's working but she's beautiful! Can't wait for my other one to get up there in size!
    2 points
  46. The first molt. 6.17.2016
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  47. 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!
    1 point
  48. Happy Christmas Everyone and all the best for the new year!
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  49. A couple of little updates! Iris, my new female green ghost had her first meal in my care! It was a fruit fly and I'm sure she can handle bb flies, but starting off slow after the journey. I'm waiting for my other female ghost to molt! I'm almost certain it's coming soonπŸ˜…πŸ˜…! (Honestly can't tell, just putting my mantis reasoning skills to the test lol). Put my female Hierodula in the bathroom to see if the higher humidity levels from the showers would help her want to lay an ooth. She's more than ready, just hasn't found the spark to trigger it, so hopefully this is it. Happy hump day everyone!πŸ˜‰
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