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    Lol Joel, are you also using icecream tubs?! XDDD
    thats what im usin...im scared to seperate these Tenodora nymphs..... so many of em XD
    guess im just going to have to keep feeding em.

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    I'm using 32oz deli cups. They are good for keeping nymphs.

    You know... a lot of people just keep the nymphs together and feed them FF. Yes, cannibalism will occur. Once they get down to a manageable amount, then they separate them into individual containers. Knowing Tenodera hatch rates though, you probably have so many nymphs that you'll have to separate them just to give them room in their enclosure!


    Here are some various housing containers I use. Window screen mesh is a blessing!







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    i hear you on the mesh man, i use it for my mantids too as im sure you saw in the photos lol.
    Well this ooth im sure had a parasite..had a rather large hole in it
    but i still got a 150-200 or so nymph turn out. feeding em flightless fruitflies.

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    I have some nice females now:







    Budwings:





    Defense pose!!!!

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    last group i saw was about 4 weeks ago before i left
    i assume they all left or died since i released them all.

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    Oh cool, I found one of these the other day and took some pics. It was about an inch long. They got crazy eyes! It was facing away from me and yet turned it's eyeballs around to look at me. Question, how come sometimes their eyeballs are brown/green and at other times they're red?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKristoff View Post
    last group i saw was about 4 weeks ago before i left
    i assume they all left or died since i released them all.
    That's too bad. Keep your eye open though, you never know...


    Quote Originally Posted by larry View Post
    Oh cool, I found one of these the other day and took some pics. It was about an inch long. They got crazy eyes! It was facing away from me and yet turned it's eyeballs around to look at me. Question, how come sometimes their eyeballs are brown/green and at other times they're red?
    Brown/green with a little black dot inside should be the normal look for them during the day. Once it starts getting dark in their environment, they're eyes will completely turn red or black. This is normal as it helps increase their visual capabilities for hunting and mating at night. If the environment is transitioning to night, like at twilight, the eyes will only be partially red/black and have a soft red/black color like in that third picture I posted.

    You could almost think of it like how the human eye functions with the pupil enlarging to let in more light in dark areas. However, the ways this works in mantids is still not known well.

    Post some of your pictures. I bet they are much better than mine, and I would love to see them!!
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    Wow, that explains it. When I first started taking pictures, there was still some light out. Later that night I took more pictures and noticed it's eyes were red, thought it was a different mantis.



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