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Thread: The Ghost Mantid ooth begins to hatch!

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    The Ghost Mantid ooth begins to hatch!

    Looky what I found this afternoon!



    The little guy is just emerging on the string and not fully unfolded yet, hope all goes well.

    My mature female is so fat I find it hard to believe she hasn't laid another egg case yet, it can't be much longer!

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    these mantids dont die after laying their egg cases? interesting. i thought they crapped out shortly after mating.
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    The males are weak after their final molt and can end up as lunch for the female after mating which was my males end but females live long enough to become gravid and lay egg cases (generally a month or two) but some species live a long time. Female Ghosts can live up to 14 months after their final shed (one of the longest lived mantids) so they have plenty of time to make lots of ooths.

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    check it out , this is soooo cool get some more shots if you get the chance, would love to see them crawling every where.
    about haw many babies do these guys hatch out at a time, in general.

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    I hope he's ok, I think it's taking an inordinate amount of time for this guy to emerge, I have a bed of live moss in the bottom of the container and water under that so there is lots of humidity but I would expect him to be fully emerged and running about by now, his tail is still moving so maybe just taking it slow.... with any luck more will emerge tomorrow. I think 45-50 is about the maximum number of nymphs that emerge from a ghost ooth but many people wind up with only a dozen. I just hope to get enough to raise a new generation.

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    Congrats, you gonna be overun by little aliens.
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    So far today I have four little ants wearing dunce caps running about and 3 or 4 have died in emergence. I don't know why they are getting stuck 1/2 way, there is plenty of humidity, a wet pad of moss on the floor and it is warm 78-84*F (daytime) where their hatch container is. But so far about a 50/50 hatch success rate.

    I've put the 4 ghosts into a small terrarium with fruit fly screen over the opening and some melanogaster fruit flies incase they get hungry, not sure how soon they start eating but I've already seen them dividing up territories being just hours old.

    Hopefully more emerging later or tomorrow!

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    goodie , cant wait to see them at a week or two , get us some real close ups, like Larry does .

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