Awesome! I've decided to start raising mantids. Can't decide whether I want these Ghosts or the Orchid Mantis. First I'm gonna order some wingless fruit flies.
Get the Ghosts now and buy the Orchids whenever they come up, seems nobody has any Orchid nymphs at the moment.
I've got an order in for 3 spiny flower mantids (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii "essentially the same as" P. ocellata) getting my nymphs on the 20th.
Not my pic but what the mature spiny flowers look like:
Orchid Mantids seem prone to a sort of blackening disease. An old TF member had to do a radical amputation on one of his Orchids this past March who's forearm turned black and the black was spreading for some reason. He seemed to have stopped whatever it was by doing the arm amputation but I'd hate to have to do something like that - of course so did he!
Here's a place to get housefly and blue bottle fly pupae (bigger meal than fruitflies), put one "fly bean" in the tank every day if you don't wanna hatch them out separately and gut load them, stun them and then put them in the enclosures. keep the beans in the fridge until needed:
Buy PUPAE not spikes, spikes are maggots! lol
Blackie ate his first meal in his new home - He's got a big old butt now.
Now THAT is a bug!!
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Spiny Flowers are similar the Orchids but have a green and orange pattern on a white background instead of pink and orange pattern on white. They may or may not be the same size as Orchids, people are always giving varying size measurements for all the mantids, best to watch you tube and see the various handling videos then you get a better judge of size.
Here's a "key" I made to the ghost mantis anatomy for someone on another forum, thought I'd share it here:
I forgot to label the antennae, very surprised it showed up in the pic, they're always vibrating and twitching them.
Spectacular, they are amazing little creatures, and that they've evolved like that, woah!
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Oh cool you got 'em. Yeah. They do stay small. Don't you love how they move like a leaf in the wind? How they flutter and dance. great species, enjoy.
Yes, their movements are so comical. The green one dances and travels around the most and the black one waves at him/her all the time from his perch.
I've only just begun collecting them! It's good to desire various ones for a while which makes you do lots of research before buying your critters - at least hopefully it does.
I like my two Ts but they are so darn light phobic, I've tried putting their enclosures on the non-lighted shelves under the lit ones and they have been sulking/hiding their faces ever since so I moved them back to their dark closet and they relaxed a little. My rosy has still not been the same ever since very jumpy and shy now, I hope it's just premolt and not unintended psychological damage. I can only imagine if I had put them directly under the T5s... Mantids on the other hand are sunbathers so bright lights for their plants are no problemo - the perfect weird display insect for planted vivarium.