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.