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    Very cool, Hawken! Love the more exotic looking mantids, but, alas, far too high maintenance for such a short-live creature. Will have to simply live vicariously through you.

    That basalis really brings home to me the fact that mantids and roaches are related .... the "shield" of the thorax is so roach-like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonsEye View Post
    Very cool, Hawken! Love the more exotic looking mantids, but, alas, far too high maintenance for such a short-live creature. Will have to simply live vicariously through you.

    That basalis really brings home to me the fact that mantids and roaches are related .... the "shield" of the thorax is so roach-like.
    Most really aren't that high maintenance, and as most of them can last well over a year from their first nymphal stage (some of them two) I wouldn't call most of them short-lived either. The hardest thing about them is ordering or breeding insects to feed them, and in the case of dubia roaches, waxworm moths, or just ordering flies, it's not a lot of work (dubias eat your plant refuse and old fruits, waxworms you just leave in a container of oat bran and honey, and the flies...order pupae and throw them in the container).
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    I was told the males were short-lived once they reached adulthood...and that they didn't eat often...but this guy munches on most of the flies I put in his cage and he's approaching a month and a half adult now...
    P. paradoxa male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    Yay 2nd generation! I'll probably have ghosts available in a week or two now, and I still have several unhatched ooths that I might either hatch as well, or sell...
    P. paradoxa by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    P. paradoxa by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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