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  1. MantisTrainer

    Eye Discoloration

    yes, that definitely looks like what my Chinese mantis had.
  2. MantisTrainer

    Eye Discoloration

    For a time, I caught wild insects for mine to eat because I didn't know where to access flies. Although catching wild food can be time-consuming(especially without a net), and you have to be cautious with it. Insects can be toxic or dangerous to a mantis, I generally avoid spiders, butterflies...
  3. MantisTrainer

    Eye Discoloration

    I'm mostly new to the hobby too but I've had the exact same thing happen to one of my Chinese mantises before. I think this discoloration in the eye could be a result of feeding him fruit flies for too long. I think you should move him up to bigger food, such as houseflies. He may have to be...
  4. MantisTrainer

    Caring for an Old Mantis

    Hello again, I'm currently caring for an elderly Chinese Mantis. She's started to lose her grip even though she's only lost 1 tarsus, and she'll fall occasionally. Her claws will also frequently get stuck in the mesh. Is there anything I can do to make her more comfortable? She likes to hang on...
  5. MantisTrainer

    Well shoot….

    I'm really sad to hear that, hope the survivors are still OK.
  6. MantisTrainer

    Mantids and gardening

    Totally different question but still on the subject of mantises in gardens: I know Chinese mantises aren't necessarily great for gardens here since they are not native. I would guess that the same goes for European mantises(please correct me if I'm wrong!). I live in the Pacific Northwest and...
  7. MantisTrainer

    Waxworms

    I've had them turn into moths before and I found that helpful. My mantises seemed to like them better when they moved around more. as for the cockroaches, even if any local pet stores sold them I would be unable to purchase any because the rest of my family does not tolerate them, unfortunately.
  8. MantisTrainer

    Ootheca Mold

    I will- might take a while since I just got it out but I will post any major updates.
  9. MantisTrainer

    Ootheca Mold

    Hi everyone, it's been quite a while since I've posted on this forum! So, I have this M. religiosa ootheca that I just took out of the fridge for incubation. Apparently it had acquired a little bit of mold along the bottom- around the area of attachment but I didn't find any near the emergence...
  10. MantisTrainer

    Isopod Beginner Questions

    Thank you so much for the advice! I will be sure to check these out!
  11. MantisTrainer

    Isopod Beginner Questions

    Wow! This is a lot of great feedback. I'll be sure to look into those websites, thank you!
  12. MantisTrainer

    Isopod Beginner Questions

    Hi everyone! I am considering getting some isopods soon and I have a couple of questions before I start. 1. Is there anywhere where I can find general care instructions for isopods? 2. generally how difficult are they to keep, and are there any certain species that are good for beginners? 3...
  13. MantisTrainer

    Mantids and gardening

    Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone knew how to attract mantises to your garden or, at least, make your garden a hospitable place for them. I've read some general information(add plants that attract food for them, make lots of places to hide etc.), but nothing too specific. Has anybody been...
  14. MantisTrainer

    Will it hatch?

    OK, Thank you for the feedback!
  15. MantisTrainer

    Will it hatch?

    Hi everyone. My un-mated female Tenodera sinensis just laid a surprise ootheca yesterday, I plan to remove it from her enclosure later today. I know some species of mantis such as the Brunner's stick mantis can reproduce without mating but I don't know if Chinese mantises are able to do the...
  16. MantisTrainer

    Grow Lights for Heat lamps?

    Currently I'm just using a desk lamp, I think it will provide them with enough heat for now.
  17. MantisTrainer

    Grow Lights for Heat lamps?

    My house is a little chilly on most days with it being January, so it regularly is around 66-67 F. I know this is a little on the low side for most species including Chinese mantises. I don't quite have the space or money for a full on heat lamp yet and I was wondering if a grow light that is...
  18. MantisTrainer

    European Mantis Care.

    I think I just have a couple more questions. Is it okay to add fake perches as well? Just in case they don't have enough hiding places. Would you recommend any specific type of plant to use, or does any live plant work? Thank you so much, your advice has been really helpful!
  19. MantisTrainer

    European Mantis Care.

    besides the live plant, do I need to add any substrate? I know that the survival rate usually gets better as nymphs get older, is that the case with this species?
  20. MantisTrainer

    European Mantis Care.

    I posted about this a little while back but didn't get any replies, that was probably my fault for asking so many questions so I will be brief. 1. I have a wild-found Mantis religiosa ootheca in the fridge that I collected in October, I plan to hatch it around April or May. currently, the only...
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