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    Wink Wanna see a cute baby?

    Here's one of my 3 new Spiny Flower mantids (pseudocreobotra wahlbergii)



    It's a little blurry but I'll get some better new pics tomorrow on my day off I just wanted to share a quick snapshot I took while unpacking in a dim room.

    These guys are so cute, they wag their spiny tails (abdomens) like a puppy and are not afraid of a big old finger at all. You could almost hear them gasp with excitement and then set off running when I showed them each their little vivariums with plants and twigs compared to their shipping vials lined with paper towels.

    The guy I ordered them from said they were eating houseflies, well my Blue Bottles that I hatched for them are as big as they are - if not bigger! No way are they catching and eating them at this age my 1 1/2 - 2" Ghost Mantids take a long time catching the BBs. If these little guys were able to grab a BB fly they'd have to hang on for dear life as the fly zips around... whee! I gave them each a bunch of melanogaster fruit flies for now (the ant sized ones).
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    They are cute... they look like something from Starship Troopers.
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    Your right Hermopolis. Pretty neat.

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    Awesome, the tail wagging is definitely cute. The houseflies are supposed to be a little bit smaller than the blue bottles.
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    that...is...flipping...AWESOME!!!!! looks like the scorpion thing from transformers!
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    Got an email from the guy, he says to de-wing the flies.
    I'll have to go get some pinhead crickets until I get some regular housefly pupae. I don't wanna mutilate anything, even a fly! LOL

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    you can cut the wings off, that shouldn't hurt the fly.
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    I don't wanna do that but I did put the flies in the freezer for a minute or two and that knocked em down enough that I could tong feed the little guys. Here's the tiniest one having some lunch:


    Looks like they're waltzing doesn't it?

    I was shocked they could take them, the flies really kicked and punched but the little mantids prevailed!

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