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  1. Tenodera sinensis molting schedule (rounded about): L1-L2: 1 week L2-L3: 1 1/2 weeks L3-L4: 2 weeks L4-L5: 2 weeks L5-L6: 2 weeks L6-L7: 2 weeks L7-L8: 2 weeks Tenodera angustipennis molting schedule (rounded about): L1-L2: 1 week L2-L3: 1 1/2 weeks L3-L4: 2 weeks L4-L5: 2 weeks L5-L6: 2 weeks L6-L7: 2 weeks L7-L8: 2 weeks This species is of the same genus so their molting schedules are pratically exact. Basically, once L3, they molt twice a month.
  2. The_Asa

    Some new pics

    Admittedly, not too good, but I'm happy enough with them to post. It's just almost impossible to focus I really only like the first one. I have found that it will be necessary for me to obtain a tripod
  3. The_Asa

    Widearm death

    Dang it...my only widearm died molting to adulthood last night...no idea why. Oh well, life comes and goes. Makes me glad I don't get overly attached to these things. Still, woulda been nice to have some widearm babies On a brighter note, I also received my camera today, so expect some pics when I get back tomorrow
  4. The_Asa

    Hatching

    Y'know those Chinese mantids I caught last summer? Well it appears as though at least one of their oothecae is fertile. Came out of the shower to find them hatching...I actually didn't really want too many of them to hatch...but right now it doesn't look like there are gonna be more than 20 ( I intentionally didn't spray ). Gotta run up to the store to get some fruitflies I guess. My goal is to get 1/10th of whatever hatches to at least L5. From L5 on this species is more stable in their molting patterns. Hopefully I won't get too many unexplainable deaths... Did I mention that I finally orde
  5. The_Asa

    More mantids

    Been a while since I've updated and a little bit has changed. First off, a somewhat embarrassing discovery, it turns out that it appears as the nymphs have grown, the species have changed on me I had a couple deaths due to late food arrival and have 4 mantids left. 1 adult female shield mantis 1 presub (?) male widearm. 1 presub female african 1 prepresub female african They're doing fine now, being fed exclusively on lobster roaches. Unfortunately the die offs from lack of food mean I need to obtain a fresh adult male shield mantis in order to mate her. In a couple of weeks I guess I'l
  6. The_Asa

    Wild Caught

    Found 3 adult female Tenodera sp. (Chinese) hanging around outside. Took them in, 2 laid oothecas, then I let them all go a week later. One ootheca looks fertile, the other does not...I'll probably place them outside in my plants so I can see some more next year. Unfortunately ( ) I can't find my camera so I can take some magnificent macro shots for you all to stare and drool over. So sorry
  7. The_Asa

    Shield mantis pic.

    This is my L5/L6 Shield mantis. If someone could make a guess as to the actual instar? I'm not sure about it. Some crappy pics taken with a crappy camera, so glad I'm getting a new one soon And a little photo I took outside, just to give you an idea of what the weather is like in Virginia
  8. The_Asa

    Shield Mantis

    24/7/08 Recieved six Shield mantids. All L1 and L2. ----- 26/7/08 One Shield mantis molted to L2/L3 and one died through a mismolt. ----- 28/7/08 Two shields molted to L2/L3. ----- 1/8/08 Shields are eating houseflies now. ----- 5/8/08 One Shield dead through a mismolt. Another one molted to L2/L3 ----- 6/8/08 Shield molted to L3/4. ----- 15/8/08 Shields are 3 L3/L4s and 1 L2/L3 ----- 20/8/08 Shield molted to L4/L5 ----- 22/8/08 My smallest molted to L3/L4 unsuccessfully, crippling both of its back legs. Still alive and eating however. ----- 31/8/08 From now on the
  9. The_Asa

    Update 2

    Another update, basically. Have the details (2) posts below. Not much has changed excepting a higher temperature and the L4s are eating houseflies. Shows you what can happen in 10 days . I think I'll add a new post every once and then, just so people know that I'm actually updating (you can't see edit dates) August 3, 2008 Mantids: 1 Wide Arm-L4 4 Shields-L3/L4 Housing: 24 ounce containers with cloth lids. A (non organic) stick and some excelsior in each. A foam bottom to retain humidity in each. Food: Hydei fruit flies. From Pet.co AND Houseflies (I plan to add some cricke
  10. I got my Wide Arms and Shields today. 2 L2? Wide Arms and 5 L1 & L2 Shields. Needless to say, there won't be any pics of these guys just yet, waaay to small for my camera. They are set up all in the cages shown in previous posts. I wanted to try to be organized this time so I would know what mantids I actually have . I'm going to attempt to log these guys. So...today is the...gotta get up and check the calendar...the 24th of July. So, let's make a nice little list: July 24th, 2008 Mantids: Wide Arm-L2/3 Shields-L1/L2 Housing: 24 ounce containers with cloth lids. A (non organic) st
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