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    3 Ghost photos!

    I met a Mantid forum member at the half price bookshop today and got some of my most desired mantids, Phyllocrania paradoxa or Ghost Mantis. I think they look more like HR Gigers aliens with their weird head decorations so they ought to be called Xenos Mantids! The seller said they were L5/L6 but are still only 1" to 1 1/2" in size. Despite this they are not afraid to climb on you and explore the world. I played with the black one for some time he didn't want to go in his forest the other two chose their own enclosures but black wanted to break for it and wander all over my arms, I didn't have the camera out at the time.

    Now that they've settled into their usual inverted perch positions, here's shots of them each in their own 2 gallon candy jar vivarium habitats with live plants and mosses. I hate seeing these guys in a bare deli cup and a single twig.


    Black


    Green (female? this one is the biggest)



    Brown


    I'm working on getting some closeups, my camera can't seem to do good macro even though it has a macro setting. Are there any good point and shoots like a Fuji J20 credit card size model that also have good macro or is that mutually exclusive? I hate those big chunky cameras like my old Coolpix5700.

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    i see nothing like any bug ive ever seen can you high light your photos.
    where day at man

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    Nice!

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    im going too have to get some better containers for mine , haven't had a chance all week to get them , tried biglots but all they had were frosted plastic containers and they smelled very toxic to me ,
    I do love your set up , Ill be copying as usual thanks for the cool post

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    I'll have to work on the closeups like I say, my camera sucks for macro and these guys exist in macro! LOL

    What looks like dead leaves hanging straight down are the ghosts. The green one must know it's green - went straight to the Hygrophilla and has been there all day. The brown and black have been on the twigs.

    I got my plastic candy jars at The Container Store, they do have a website if there are no retail locations in your area (check the site) and here are the candy jars:

    http://www.containerstore.com/shop/m...uctId=10000625

    I think you will need a much taller enclosure for the adults of your Chinese mantids than the candy jars. They need double their height to molt correctly upside down so your full growns will need at least 8" and maybe even 12" to complete a molt so a vertical 10 gallon or some other taller enclsoure will serve you well for their final molt or two. You can certainly do progressive terarriums, small, medium then large. I love decorating tanks and get a fresh view so that's probably how I would go!

    ---------- Post added at 10:35 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:35 PM ----------

    Here's a couple closer ups:

    Black ghost (normal perched position head down)


    Green Ghost inverted to upright in photoshop:

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    i didnt see it in there may be i need another look.
    the money that is,
    the mantids are so cool i want this one too

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    Wow, they totally look like leaves!

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    If I have any luck Jimmy, you'll have some next year!

    These guys can be raised communally in a large tank together but since I only have the three I've got them separated until mating time. I don't wanna risk loosing either of the boys to a hungry lady since apparently these more exotic species are NOT parthenogenic like the Chinese and Carolina mantids.

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