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    Peter who?

    And what kind of mantids are we talking about? I really want some Ghost Mantids and whatever those other ones were I forget.
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    Insect author Peter Clausen from bugsincyberspace.com


    Ghosts and Spiny Flowers are the only ones I have, no common species. Though they're becoming common on TF! LOL

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    oh geez.. the only 2 I want. So maybe I could part with a few.

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    Well all in time, for now it's hypothetical since neither of us has anything to trade yet so who knows. Our cultures may crash before then, but hopefully not! LOL

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    Don't jinx us.. I haven't lost a community yet. There's no reason as to why these should be any different. I've been doing this for 10 years and am good at it. So I'm sure I'll be able to fulfill my end in due time.

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    Before you get too excited about the idea of mantids remember that you'll need to order blue bottle fly pupae every few weeks or breed the flies yourself on moistened ground dry cat chow and aspen woodchips in those butterfly net cages. Mantids do "hunt" as far as getting into a position to strike but in general they wait for the prey to come by them they won't root around for a roach. Mine will take small crickets on occasion but flies, moths, and other fliers are definitely preferred. It would be nice if there was an easy moth to culture.

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    I have large cultures of winged & wingless fruitfly cultures, so I'm good. That and I have access to every size of cricket known to man. So can I get excited again?

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    Fruit flies are not the same as blue bottle flies. The mantids will slowly starve if you feed them those. They may not even eat them because they are so small. FF are only good for hatchling nymphs or the miniature metallic colored splendid mantis and ant mantis species who never get bigger than 1". Think about the fat juicy flies you swat on the TV in the summer, those kinda flies are the ones you need - the "real deal" irritating flies! LOL


    You hatch the BB fly pupae in a cup and put the buzzing flies in the freezer for 5 mins til they pass out. Pull the cup out and get out your feeding tongs. Put a couple frozen flies in the terrariums and shut the doors, in a few minutes they come back and buzz around to get eaten.

    I order my flies from here: http://www.mantisplace.com

    I have just received my net cages to try breeding my own and saving $. Shipping is the biggest cost for pupae.

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