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    Loooong time away. Anyone have any Orlando leads?

    Hey everyone. I pop in every few months to binge read but I almost never post. Right now I have five ghosts and a flower mantis.  I'm going to Disney World next month on vacation for a few days with the family.  Does anyone have any tips on mantis hunting in the area? I searched for "Orlando"...
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    MantisKingdom/DeShawn

    Ordered five ghosts and two Creo and some fly pupae From the lovely looking website on Sunday. Today all arrived well packaged, healthy and happy. Excellent prices too! Iguesss my only complaint is that some of the flies had hatched. They were sealed well though so none escaped. Food right away...
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    My first mantids ever found in wild, G. Grisea! Plus, mysterious ootheca

    I've updated the other thread I have on them more than this one if you want to read more.Every single one of them died. The one that lived the longest lived from the beginning of September (when I caught it, not when it was born) to the end of November. All of them looked lively and promising...
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    WE HAVE NYMPHS! ahhh! My first nymphs ever I'm so nervous. Incredibly, it's my second ooth that hatched, not the first one that was laid. It was incubating at room temperature (74ish) with misting every few days from 10-19 to 11-15 not even a month!! About fifteen nymphs came out so far, one...
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    Update: I'm not good at logs! Send two off to their new home for a trade, one survived one did not. One of my small nymphs died 10/12, not entirely sure why. Same care as all the other nymphs who are fine, perhaps it was just a weak nymph. I now have two adult females, and four sub adult and...
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    Mantiseater

    The trade itself went off with only a slight hiccup in which shipping was used. However everything arrived very well packaged! Everyone was happy and healthy. The trade negotiations were long and frustrating on both of our parts, but in the end we both reached a happy agreement. Would trade with...
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    There were pretty much every instar where I found them. Adults, ooths, hatched ooths, l1s, pre subs, subs, etc. Everything. So not finding males when I was swimming in nymphs was a little weird. They have a bunch of generations at once, at least in Florida. Looks like I'm on the long road of...
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    Okay so I came a back from my trip! I got one pre sub, one sub, and two adults. All females. I found at least a dozen of the same species though. They were ALL females though, so I didn't take nearly as many as I caught. I'm beginning to wonder if this species is parthenogenic? Or if I'm just...
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    Well, I took everyone out of their nice new pretty enclosures, took all the dirt and sticks out, cleaned it out with hot water, and just put more paper towel back in. Everyone else seems 100% okay. The nymph might have just been wrong. They were wild caught, so could have just been something...
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    Well, it isn't anymore! :mad: Ugh. I think there is something wrong with the soil I used. Its a topsoil from a bag, no pesticides indicated or anything, and we definitely don't use any, Nymph #5 is dying. I found her laying on the stick with her two back legs off, so I tried to move her and...
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    Update! A happy one this time. Over the weekend one of the originals molted, Tony. Now both Tony and Davey are sub adults. Very exciting. Everyone else is still pre-sub. My package also arrived with a buttload of deli cups (twenty five 32 ounce, twenty five smaller ones (don't remember the...
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    Where are you getting this information? I have an order for a bunch of deli cups coming in this week. I will make the lid mesh. Would they be acceptable if I make lots of cross ventilation by replacing most of the body with mesh?
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    Thanks Sticky. Hopefully her ootheca hatches and her nymphs become the future of this species! Trying to look on the bright side.
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    I noticed this species likes to drink, I have been spraying the sticks they lay on directly. So unless they need lots to drink I don't think that's an issue. She was in a split ten gallon tank, with a full mesh top. So I think ventilated enough?
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    Wild flies, moths, some small roaches, chopped up superworms I've been raising. She last ate half a superworm a few days ago. I offered her a small roach which scared her, and moths afterwards which she also refused. I assumed she was full from the superworm. I tried to feed her honey just now...
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    Man, Update: My last adult female is dying today. She was walking around a bunch the past few days (I hoped looking for a place to lay an ooth), and then spent all last night calling. Today I wake up, and she is face down in the dirt in front of the log she was calling on. She is still alive...
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    Rick - (US)

    Received a well packaged, timely shipped brunner's ootheca from Rick. Great communication.
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    Otheca preparedness?

    I have my first two ootheca, a brunners ooth and a mystery liturgusa ooth. I've heard brunners can take a long variable time to hatch, and since I don't know the exact species of litugusa I don't know when that ooth will hatch either! So my question is, should I have feeders ready this whole...
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    Yup, although it's barely necessary as my room is always humid anyway.
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    Mystery Mantis Log

    Alright so update! Came back home to badass the adult dead on the bottom of her enclosure. Zero signs of trauma and she was eating just fine. I'm thinking since she was wild caught it was just a matter of old age. She hadn't laid an ootheca for me so that's a bummer. I'm hoping the other adult...
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