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  1. Introduction Galanthias amoena, African flower mantis This small species nearly reaches 3cm long. It has a very long, skinny thorax. It is dull green with a whitish abdomen. Halfway down the back of the abdomen is a black stripe, not unlike Pseudoharpax virescens. The wings are a light green. Males are skinnier than females. Found in central Africa Difficulty level: beginner Development Nymphs take a while (up to 3 weeks) to molt to L2, however subsequent instars seem shorter (8-10 days). Feeding frequency is more of a factor than temperature. Adulthood can be rea
  2. Miomantis binotata Giglio-Tos 1911 (Submitted by Mantis Monarch, photos by Mantis Monarch) Introduction Common name: African Pinstripe Mantis, comes from the adult female's white stripes on their green wings. Also may be named that because as nymphs they have red pinstripes running down their abdomen and across knees that widen and double as they get older. Physical description: mostly green with red and white accents. Brown color morphs exist but even brown adult females have green wings. L1 black, L2 pale green w/ white and red banded legs, L3 5/16" same but ga
  3. Can people who aren't moderators see your posts on the moderator forum on your activity page?

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  5. 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
  6. Ten years of the forum Dec. 10, 2014

    1. CosbyArt


      Congratulations, that is quite a feat! Especially as many people abandon most hobbies themselves after a year or two - much less help others in the hobby for that period of time too. Well done sir!

  7. I think templates in caresheets tend to force a bit of untested, untrue info such as Temps 27F daytime, 20F nighttime Humidity 45-55% I understand some people prefer the illusion of false facts to the reality of factual husbandry parameters. Rick: "this is a cool mantis" is subjective but "people keep this mantis because....." is not subjective most of the time unless it ends with your first statement.
  8. I was thinking each thread would be somewhat like the consolidated species threads but without banter and off topic chat so there wouldn't be so much junk to sift through but would still represent varying experiences of successful breeders. Also, hopefully there would be minimal debate. Each person may have their own opinion on the optimal prey, temperature, and humidity and not have the entire picture.
  9. If a caresheet or update contains major grammatical, punctuation, and capitalization errors it will likely be deleted rather than fixed.
  10. Personal experience is welcome but there should be zero discussion beyond that necessary for a caresheet. It may be a little difficult to quantify banter but all threads will be locked and submissions will have to be sent by PM if it proves too difficult.
  11. The idea here is to offer species specific information for every mantis in culture that can be searched without having to wade through mounds of banter. Each species will have one thread. If a new thread is made for a species already listed it will be deleted without prejudice as soon as it is noticed. Modifications and additions to present caresheets are very welcome but DO NOT post discussion or comments. Warn points will be assigned for any unrelated discussion. PLEASE do not make it necessary to lock every thread. Limited photos are welcome. Please only post your own experiences. Please do
  12. Deroplatys desiccata (Giant Deadleaf Mantis) Introduction: As the common name denotes, D. desiccata seems to disappear among a pile of dead leaves. Deroplatys may not be the most extravagant of the deadleaf mimics, but they are the biggest and possess the most intimidating threat displays. This species grows much larger than other Deroplatys that have been kept thus far though some stocks or specimens may average small. Adults are bulky and can exceed three inches in length.(Orin) Development: Females live up to a year following maturity.(Orin) The adult molt can be da
  13. Phyllovates chlorophaea (Texas Unicorn Mantis) Introduction: This handsome species is among our largest and bulkiest mantids; females can exceed two and three quarters inches. Despite visible differences, our two unicorn species are similar even down to the angle of the markings on the tegmina. Phyllovates chlorophaea does not have notable lobes on the legs and abdomen.(Orin) All captive stock of this species originated from Brownsville, Texas. However, the species ranges south to northern South America so it is sometimes listed as "Mexican", "Central, or South American" Unicorn.(Orin) Dif
  14. Oligonicella scudderi (Scudder's Mantis) Introduction: The Scudder's Mantis is among the smaller US mantids at one to one and a third inches long. The body is delicately striped lengthwise in brown and tan or can be solid brown.(Orin) Oligonicella scudderi can be found from Nebraska to Florida.(Orin) Difficulty level: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or expertDevelopment: Rate of growth and factors involvedLongevity Molting observationsBehavior/temperament: Small nymphs do not eat each other and can be kept together safely in small cages until at least the fourth molt, if not to adulthood.(Or
  15. Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii (Spiny Flower Mantis) Introduction: Spiny flower mantids resemble species in the genus Creobroter, but are much more extravagant. The abdomen is covered with spines and the legs have lobed extensions. Older nymphs and adults are ornamented with green and pink splashes on a background of white. Tiny nymphs are blue-black with white spots. The giant eyespot on the abdomen and later tegmina is brightly colored and spiral shaped. Adults are are around one and a half inches in length.(Orin) Native range Difficulty level: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or expertDeve
  16. Sibylla pretiosa (Cryptic Pretty Mantis) Introduction: Nymphs are cryptic contortionists that can be very difficult to see on wood or mossy surfaces. Sometimes they'll lie on the bottom of the cage and appear dead but it's easy to recognize this particular pose. Adults grow to nearly two inches in length and are outfitted with pastel green tegmina.(Orin) Native range Difficulty level: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or expertDevelopment: Nymphs mature in three to four months when fed N. cinerea but can take twice as long if fed only flies.(Orin) [A male]rarely lives more than six weeks after
  17. Miomantis paykullii (Egyptian Pygmy Mantis) Introduction: Miomantis paykullii has the classic mantis look but measures in at just an inch to an inch and a half at maturity.(Orin) This is a very hardy species.(agent A) Color: tan, yellow, and green. Native range: North Africa and Middle East . Difficulty level: beginner. Development: Nymphs grow quickly and are easily reared in small cages. Bad molts are rare.(Orin) Adult males live two to five months. After maturity is reached, females live as long as nine months and make six to twelve egg cases.(Or
  18. Get a Nikon L22, it's less than $100 now and takes better macros than the Cannon (it may take worse family photos but I've tried both and only checked their ability to take bug photos).
  19. Are you a rodeo clown?

  20. Yep.

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    2. mantisloverguy6000
    3. Mantiskid


      helluva lot of ways to say that, no?

    4. Orin


      I'm betting somebody asked me a question and my answer was yes but the question was deleted by the original poster and now I'm just left with yep.

  21. What is that profile picture? A costume of some sort but what.

  22. My younger daughter has the same birthday, different year.

  23. Why do girls have so many friends?

    1. happy1892


      LOL! My sister does not have any friends in America. She is an anomaly.

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