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    Swords, this is all your fault!

    ...that I have now started with mantids! 5 ghost nymphs in the cube at right, and the big one will ultimately contain an adult female violin (as soon as I can get BB flies from my maggots).
    Here is the setup, in my closet...:



    Can you spot one? (it's hard)



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    Cool Ben! I bought a couple of those 12" square enclosures but I don't know where I put them! I never even expanded them yet. I put em in a box for use later but then where that box went to, maybe my storage space... I'm gonna need one if my ghost ooth hatches.

    I want to get some violins someday too, such big critters! Trying to decide which I will get next, a colony of Violin Mantids or trio of Pygmy Leaf Chameleons.

    Did you buy spikes (maggots) instead of pupae or are you breeding them from wild BB?

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    I bought spikes because I heard they can last months in the fridge! Took out maybe 15 to allow them to pupate.
    pygmy leaf chameleons are pretty cool.
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    do the spikes stink?

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    Well, yes. But only if you sniff the jar -- they stink in the same way fruit fly cultures stink. They don't stink up my room. I poured in some oatmeal for them to pupate in and now it just smells like maple instant oatmeal!
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    That's cool, thanks for the info. I always heard that maggots had a really bad ammonia smell so avoided them.

    I've been able to get the cricket stink to almost non-existent by putting their cage in a totally enclosed terrarium stand, it's not air tight but enough to keep the smell contained.

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    It was also sword's fault that I now keep mantids! He just had to post a pic of a Ghost mantis! After seeing how wicked it looked, I knew I had to get some.

    I'm staying away from the violins, as awesome as they are. I'm not willing to provide the extreme heat they need. I have my Texas Unicorns and Sibylla pretiosa, they have the long thorax or something, characterics of the violins. That keeps me happy enough.
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    I am quite suspect of those recommended hot & dry conditions for the Violins. I've researched their habitat in Kandy, Sri Lanka and it's not mentioned as being 40*C+ according to any climate maps I've seen online. Additionally, it's a wet rainforest, temps, rainfall and humidity similar to the Borneo lowlands. So I don't understand where the general recommendations of 40*C and dry come from. Perhaps some strains of Violins come from mainland India where it could be hotter and more arid?

    Mine will be kept in a warm lowland (80-90*F) terrarium with no special extremes to add more heat. If it becomes necessary I can always add a clamp lamp to the shelf but I'm just saying, after looking up their homeland I'm not convinced such measures are necessary.

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