Dmina's mantid collection in progression 2014

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Darkrai283

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Lovely collection. :)

Hestiasula Major = Giant Boxer Mantis Got them L2 now L4ish. No giant by any means, I think someone was wishful thinking when naming this one..
This species is significantly larger (5-10mm) than the other Boxers (Hestiasula spp.) in culture. That's why it got the name 'giant' boxer mantis. ;)

 
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Thank you...

Wanted to share with you a weekend of enclosure making...



 
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My Spiny Flower molted yesterday.. I got some new pics of her she is getting so big.. Well as big as a wahlbergii gets.. hehe a lot bigger then when I first got her.

Then:

and her now!





Now she gets a little defensive...





Her in all her little glory..





 
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Here is a little video of her display:

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b4/dmina/Mantid%20Photos/th_MVI_3581.mp4

My A. Japonica molted

I think this it the male... (I can't find photo's showing the male/female difference)



He is all brown... he lost his name tag and I was raising him with the dead leaf's But he was not growing as fast...

This is the female... Love the green overcoat!







 

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Lovely pics! Thanks for sharing! The Acromantis's green overcoat is quite stunning - I never knew they looked like that. :)

 

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The Acromantis's green overcoat is quite stunning - I never knew they looked like that. :)
Look who just got their wings...









http://s16.photobucket.com/user/dmina/media/Mantid Photos/IMG_3703.jpg.html

IMG_3707.jpg


Such pretty wings...I wish I could get a better picture of them.. they look shiny a little gold metallic.. Tiny, the last pic is my index finger knuckle...

 
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I personally reared her Carolinas, but one odd thing is one of my adults now has all the markings of a chinese... yet is about half the size. This is looking kind of the same, too small to be a Chinese but is keeping the look. They were reared in close proximity but were/are about 3 months younger than my Chinese were so a mix up is impossible - all my Chinese were adult when the Carolinas were L3.

 

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That is interesting Soundspawn... Mimic ... I have heard of that somewhere? I am still to new, to recognize that easily...

LOL... well I am going to have to go back and do another pic.. of one that looks like a proper Carolina... One just molted so I need to update it anyways...

 
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The last 2 were my Birthday present to myself... That is my little zoo.. I will try and update each as they molt.. or other milestones...

Thank you for taking the time to look in ... I hope you enjoyed looking at them as much as I do.

To be continued ...
Many great images, and indeed a little zoo! Thanks for sharing. :D

 

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Ok... So I am not as good as you all are, at the characteristics between Chinese and the Carolina's. So I took pictures of them all. (Carolina's).

S.carolina A:





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They appear to be Tenodera Sinensis.
They are too small to be Chinese, those wing buds are a molt or two from adult yet they are hardly two knuckles long.

Compare to:

http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/carolina-praying-mantis-stagmomantis-carolina-10769502.jpg

http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/carolina-praying-mantis-stagmomantis-carolina-10941779.jpg

http://image.xenogere.com/Other/Social/i-dFp2wFz/0/M/20130704_07735-M.jpg

Also it's hard to tell from all the pictures, but many times Carolina's will have alternating colors in their legs, like a camo pattern, Chinese I've never seen that. Like this:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Stagmomantis_carolina_nymph_01.jpg

 

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