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    ISO Epaphrodita and Metilia please :)

    Hi! I'm looking for Epaphrodita musareum and Metilia sp. If anyone has any available? Based in Ireland so seller would need to be in Europe please. Thanks! Cat
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    Wanted in Europe...

    Hi All, Looking for Deroplatys desiccata, Phyllocrania paradoxa and illudens, Epaphrodita musareum, Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii, Metilia spp. and any of the Boxer species. Either pre-sub or sub adult pairs, or about 20 nymphs of each. ooths would also be an option. I'm based in Ireland, so...
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    Info needed on Antemna rapax...

    Hey All, Has anyone kept Antemna rapax before? If so what were your experiences? I can't find any husbandry info online, so for now I'm just pitching it at general Neotropic temp and humidity.  I'd love to know if there are any tricks for keeping them well, or any pitfalls to watch out for...
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    Tips for rearing Antemna rapax ...?

    Hi All,  Does anyone have experience raising Antemna rapax? Do they have any weird quirks in terms of feeding or needing very specific heat and humidity? Any info or anecdotes appreciated :) Thanks! Cat
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    Giant Dead Leafs and Orchids for sale (Ireland / UK)

    Hi All, I have for sale 20x Deroplatys desiccata (Giant Asian Dead Leaf) at L4/5, along with 2x pairs of these at Pre-sub/subadult. I'm looking for £6 (7euro) each for the nymphs and £18 (20euro) for the pairs. Open to offers on multiples or bulk for these... need them gone as they're eating me...
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    Mating Otomantis?

    Awesome thankyou! :) I tried positioning him behind her but he didn't get the hint this time around. I might take him to a different room for a little while and see if that helps.
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    Mating Otomantis?

    Hey All, anybody have any tips for mating Otomantis? I only have one male so I kinda need to get it right first time round ;) both have been adult about 3 weeks. female seen calling the past few evenings. do you try to hand place him on her? should I put them both in an enclosure and leave...
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    D.desiccata mating / laying with pics :)

    Thanks all :) The male survived the second female too and was safely returned to his bachelor pad.  The second female laid an ooth the day after, stuck to the netting on top of her enclosure. 
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    Earthworms as feeders?

    I read somewhere (or was told in conversation.. i forget which) that Deroplatys will prey on earthworms in the wild. Not sure if this is true or not, and haven't tried mine with them. Was thinking about it though. Don't see why mantids wouldn't take earthworms if people feed them mealworms and...
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    Slow grower - native species

    I have 4 Epaphrodita, all received early september at the same stage. They've gone through 3 moults since, within 24hours of each other. Except for one, who is a full moult behind. She went to L4 24hrs before the others levelled up to L5. No idea why, same temps, same food etc. Just a weirdo :)
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    D.desiccata mating / laying with pics :)

    The ooth ended up about 3x the size you can see in the pic. She was so skinny after compared to how she was before. Currently eating everything I put in front of her :D
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    Call behaviour?

    Giant Deaf Leaf are some of the most long lived as adults as far as I'm aware. Different sources give from 2 to 7 months for an adult male, and 6 to 12 months for an adult female :)
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    D.desiccata mating / laying with pics :)

    Hi all, Finally had success with my D.desiccata. Here's a bit of backstory before the pics incase it might be useful to anyone in their own mating efforts.... I had read that the females could mate 4 weeks after their adult moult, and I think I had been sticking too rigidly to this expectation...
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    Call behaviour?

    I'm thinking now that she was just stretching her wings or drying them a bit after I sprayed the tank. I put the male with her and no luck at that time.  She waited until about a week ago before beginning to call properly, and it was pretty clear what she was doing. Even down to secreting...
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    Call behaviour?

    Hi guys,  My female desiccata is perched with her wings tips extended about 1cm, just so you can see the edge of the black eyespot marking. She's never shown these even as a threat display, she's super chill.  Could this be associated with pheromone dispersal calling behaviour? She's 4weeks...