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    Praying Mantis ooth problem...

    I just bought an ooth from Armstrong's garden center for $8.99. Its very small and weighs nothing. Im not sure if I can trust store bought ooths are fertile. Any knows if its already hatched?

    the black thing is just a piece of a twig, not a hole.



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    It does not appear to be hatched yet. There will be an open vent in the ooth for the nymphs to escape after they hatch. It took almost 8 weeks for my Giant Asian ooth to hatch. I had nearly given up, but then it hatched out.

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    ok. thanks i didnt wanna spend $8.99 for nothing

    Can you anybody post a picture of a hatched ooth?

    hahah sorry i put the ooth upside down.
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    I don't have a picture, but a vent is a slit or crack in the ooth.

    Upside down ooth? You must be Sparky.

    There is a picture somewhere on mantidforum.

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    what? LOL yes i am sparky. When i turned it right side up it looks even worse...theres a hole looking thing at the bottom.

    If I hold a flashlight underneith it can I still tell if there are mantids in it or not?
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    Mantids are cool! My daughter's (Black Fox) ooth hatched out yesterday and there were mantids all over the terrarium. She kept six and I kept one. The rest she released in the flower beds and trees around the yard. I'll see if I can find the ooth and post a pic of it later. Last I saw it still had the shed nymph skins hanging from it.

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    If I hold a flashlight underneith it can I still tell if there are mantids in it or not?
    I don't think you'll see more than dark shadowy sillouetts inside the ooth if you can see anything at all.
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    Oh neat I see a little bit of a dark sillouettes, but its hard to tell. Im planning to keep six too and maybe give a few to my family and neighbors.

    woah big deep noisy fireworks this year...
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    well i opened it as a last resort... its brown and empty and I see some of the dead juicy nymphs that didnt make it.

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