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Thread: Pics of an Orchid Mantis that I raised from a nymph

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    Pics of an Orchid Mantis that I raised from a nymph

    I had this lady for quite a while, until she ended her natural life cycle, which was a very sad day for me. This thing was super spoiled, as I'd had them in the past with little luck, so I was determined to do things right this time around. I bought bluebottle fly pupae, hatched them, gutloaded(fed) them with honey and bee pollen, and were then given to the mantis(sidenote: Doing this mimics what they would get in the wild, as they feed primarily on bees and flies as they visit flowers for their nectar). Was a bit of a process but hey, it was worth it. She thrived and I had her for over a year.

    As a nymph.. mmmm flies..








    Cleaning her weapons after the meal... I always loved watching her do this.


    And photos of her taken the day she molted into her adult form, with wings.









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    Omg she's so nice. Great job!!!

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    Excellente! I've raised a number of exotic mantid species but never got any Orchids.

    I agree 100% with the Blue bottle fly pupae! I spent a lot on postage buying bulk packs of pupae every month but made keeping and feeding them super easy.

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    Stunning photos. It's so cool how it matched the flower almost perfectly.

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    Beautiful! I will have one someday. Didn't mate her?
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    It's so cool how it matched the flower almost perfectly.
    The flower mantids will all change color to adapt to their environment, so you can get almost "whatever" colors you want. I had several "Spiny flower mantids" and they would be white tinted yellow green in tanks with green plants but the one I kept with a deep purple & pink wandering jew plant turned a nice pink/purple color.

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    Beautiful! I had never seen anything like this; thanks for sharing!

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    How fantastically alien-like! Orchid mantids are up there on my faves list... Very impressive Brie!
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