Hi, I'm a forty-something mom from mid-Mo currently living an apartment life with no other pets whatsoever. I'm in the serious research phase/supplies gathering phase of becoming a mantis owner. I think I have my first acquisition lined up in a few weeks from now once I'm setup and rtg. I fell in love with ghosts after doing some research into more common mantises. How amazing is it that these adorable wriggle-dancers are a "beginner" species?! Anyway, I'm here to learn before caring for these guys in person, but I'm definitely enamored with a number of beautiful species and can see myself enjoying this hobby for years. I hope to learn from the collective knowledge here.