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agent A

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hello all,
so thank you for @Kryptic Mantids for pointing out something in the dedicated caresheets section that I think needs to be addressed
on one of the caresheets I claimed that high heat can make females eggbound, but I looking back, I was basing this on anecdotes from 2 (yup, just 2) females becoming eggbound while under a heat lamp, and they may not have even become eggbound for that very reason. It was foolish of me to say that, but I was a child when I made that claim. Where were the adults who should have said "what are you basing this claim on?"? Jesus it's like critical thinking is totally lost on us! And I wasn't meaning anything bad by saying that, but now, 12 years later, I realize my claim not only makes no biological sense, but it's based on too low a sample size.
So let's work together to check the caresheets, point out some stuff on there that seems a bit iffy. We can edit (I'm a mod on this subforum so I can do this) the caresheets so that they don't contain any misinformation. Thank you!
 

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It does make sense that stress from too much heat was the reason why your females got egg bound. But you are right that it is too small of a sample size to be sure.

All 3 or 4 of my Pseudoxyops perpulchra females were egg bound and didn't lay even when very fat. I gave one of the females plenty of broad leaved branches in her net cage to lay an ootheca on, but she wouldn't lay. It is a mystery to me why they wouldn't lay. I didn't keep them too hot. Actually, I did keep them rather cold for a period. Of about 60F for a day. The heater was too weak to heat my room.
 

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It does make sense that stress from too much heat was the reason why your females got egg bound. But you are right that it is too small of a sample size to be sure.

All 3 or 4 of my Pseudoxyops perpulchra females were egg bound and didn't lay even when very fat. I gave one of the females plenty of broad leaved branches in her net cage to lay an ootheca on, but she wouldn't lay. It is a mystery to me why they wouldn't lay. I didn't keep them too hot. Actually, I did keep them rather cold for a period. Of about 60F for a day. The heater was too weak to heat my room.
That does seem rather odd. I do wonder how sensitive these mantises are to temperature fluctuations. Heck just how sensitive they are in general.
 

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yes, but a 15 year old's observation of 2 individuals with this issue and no mantises not kept under heat should not be the basis for this conclusion
I still use many of my husbandry observations from when I was 13.
 

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Hey Orin, at 13, I was more into pinning things in a frame than actually rearing them. Eventually, I saw the light.
see I was always the "I really don't like killing anything" even though I was really considering killing myself at that age. it's no wonder I became a vegan!
oh, speaking of pinning, I need to lyophilize a Creobroter specimen later!
 

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