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  1. Jesse came home from school and yelled, "Mom, I got you something for your birthday!" He produced a very short stemmed daffodil from behind his back, smiled, and sheepishly said, "I stole it from the neighbor's yard." I pinned it on my blouse when we went out to eat tonight; it was the most beautiful daffodil. :)

  2. Wading through quagmire of divorce. Removing and distilling all down to focus upon what is most important and best for my son and me.

  3. 3 hours later... Why did I come in here tonight? I need to get my butt in bed!!!

  4. Wishing a happy new year for all!

    1. Termite48


      I wish you well and all God's blessings in solving your family issues. That is the most imporatant thing. Mantids will be there when you are ready as will your forum friends.

  5. Thinking of you and wishing you a Happy Birthday today, my ancient good friend! :P Hoping this year treats you very well! :)

  6. Happy Birthday, Rick! :)

  7. I very much apologize for my abrupt and continued absence from the forum these past months without notice or a word before now. It was necessary to take a break from Mantidforum and from my mantis hobby due to some extreme family issues, and I've just now logged in for the first time since March of this year (as I'm sure you who are interested have seen that I've been absent). A sincere thank you to those who have contacted (or tried to contact me) to see if all was OK. I'm still having ongoing issues with my family life; but I am taking my son and myself to counseling and trying to move forward in a positive direction. I've been so consumed these past months with these family problems (and also work for a large portion of that time) that I could barely deal with all on my plate, let alone the forum or my mantis hobby. My son is the most important thing in my life, and I could not let my focus be anywhere else. I'm laid off right now, so at least I'm not quite as stressed. I'm hoping now to be able to pop in from time to time. The last of my mantids, an L4/5 female Rhombodera sp., died at the end of October. It's been strange being completely mantidless now. And I miss them. I know I will not stay away from them forever; but for now I must content myself to visit the forum occasionally and work on resolving more important issues in my life. I've made and enjoyed so many wonderful friendships here. I want you all to know I do not take that for granted. Again, I sincerely apologize for not explaining my absence until now. Take care and best wishes to you, my friends, and your families in the new year. Though not in my former position of mantis keeping, I'm still here and will be around.... Becky
  8. Season's greetings, my friends. I've missed you.

  9. Busy, busy, busy... trying to catch up and get all manner of things done before going back to work.

  10. Just wanted to thank you, Paul, for your contributions to the forum. What a great guy! Thanks again. :D

  11. The offspring from the previous generation of P. wahlbergii (the adults I spoke of in my last entry) have now grown, and I have 2 females and 2 males that have reached adult and are mating. I still have a couple of medium nymphs who have a ways to go yet also.
  12. I'm a busy person. I update my blog when I have time, and when I feel like it. You'll just have to wait for both of those events to happen.
  13. No, he is not. then explain the ovipositer: You know, Alex, I don't know how I could have mistaken her for a male... but you're right about the ovipositor now that I look. Hmmmm..... I believe I stand corrected. Thank you! Will edit entry for correctness. yup. I guess a good way to sex wahlbergii is "if there is no prominent ovipositer, it's a male!" hey are you planning on keeping those females if you can't find mates for them? I have large male nymphs (presub or subadult) but no females I only have one adult female, whom I believe is likely already fertilized (hopefully!). The rest I have are nymphs... so don't have an extra female, nor do I need males right now. But thank you for offerring.
  14. No, he is not. then explain the ovipositer: You know, Alex, I don't know how I could have mistaken her for a male... but you're right about the ovipositor now that I look. Hmmmm..... I believe I stand corrected. Thank you! Will edit entry for correctness.
  15. I remember the first time one of the Hissers I had hissed at me. Scared me half to death, lol.
  16. Speaking of Pseudocreobotra wahlbergiis, I had 2 adult couples each in their own net cages. One of the females died the other day, so I put the extra male in with the other couple. This was four days ago. I just discovered this morning the remaining female became low on flies and has eaten both males. Hopefully, at least one of the males successfully fertilized her. I'd taken some pics of the female... Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii adult female (January 2010)
  17. I would say so, but I cannot give you a specific recommended humidity level. I don't really measure humidity levels in the bug room or in the individual enclosures. I just keep them in net cages and mist once or twice a day.
  18. Hopefully this generation will breed and I'll have enough to distribute again. Bummer! I'm keeping them in net cages and misting heavily 1 or 2 times a day. 78-86 degrees in the bug room. Haven't had problems at all that I've noticed with mismolting. Best of luck that things will get better with them as they progress. I don't have any extras at this time.
  19. Since I last updated on my Pseudocreobotra wahlbergiis they have grown up, some of which are adult and currently mating. None of this new generation shows the bright pink/purple that several of the parents exhibited in their nymph stages. It goes back to the question we all would like to know for sure... is it humidity levels, color of surroundings, etc. that causes variations in the coloring? I don't know. Here are some of the new generation of nymphs and adults mating. Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii nymph (December 2009) Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii mating pair (December 2009)
  20. There are always loose fruit flies in my bug room... sometimes more heavily than at other times. I feed them with an open bowl of fruit fly media, and they breed. I cover the bowl with a paper plate, and when I get low on ff's in some of the nymph cages sometimes, I open the flap of the net cage, hold over the bowl, and slide back the paper plate. Whalah!! The ff's all fly right into the nymphs cages and are happy and fed again. It's just a back-up measure to never run out of ff's, and it has saved me more than once. Plus they feed the renegades that are everywhere. I can say people who come into the bug room don't care much for them though, hehe.
  21. I was in the bug room one day in December, and a small nymph caught my eye. It was walking along the top of the net cage I was working on, and I captured it. To my surprise, it looked like a little Boxer mantis. It was true that I did have some Ephestiasula pictipes ooths sitting out waiting to be pinned into a cage... but I'd never witnessed any of them hatching, and it had been quite a while that they had lain there, so I thought they were infertile. I guess not! So I took some pics of this little girl. Since then, I've found another one but haven't taken pics to see what sex it is. Will have to do that soon. Ephestiasula pictipes nymph (December 2009)
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