Ghost mantis bred - now what?

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AndrewFR

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My two ghost mantids got it on successfully this last Sunday. I was expecting to have to wait a week or so before an ootheca was laid. After only two days, my little girl laid her first egg (yesterday/Tuesday).

Now I've got a couple questions

  • Since the egg was laid so quickly after mating, does that mean it's not fertile?
  • Anyone know how long it may take a ghost mantis ootheca to hatch if it is fertile?
  • Finally, what should of food should I find to feed a bunch of baby ghosties if they do hatch?
Thanks!

 

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