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    Sad to say that for mysterious reasons both my Gonatista are no more...no clue what made them drop either, as they were feeding on flies just fine and those same flies have everyone else happy...

    However, there is progress elsewhere: this guy is now an adult!
    Parasphendale agrionina male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Parasphendale agrionina male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Parasphendale agrionina male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    He has also decided finally that the older of my two females (the other won't quite be ready for a couple weeks) is actually interesting, and has been riding around on her back now for about 26 hours...no clue if he's done his job yet though
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    Next generation of Ghosts is maturing...these definitely look to be the one species I will almost guaranteed have luck with; even the Elmantis have a terrible tendency for females to eat the males possibly before mating occurs...
    P. paradoxa male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    Due to expense and relative lack of success with some species, I've cut back to only having a few...but this is one new arrival set that I hope will stick around and breed well: Creobroter sp., Indian Flower mantids
    Creobroter sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Creobroter sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Creobroter sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Creobroter sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Creobroter sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    They're small, supposedly fairly easy to breed, and beautiful as adults.

    The group that I've had the most success with: Ghosts. This is the most recently matured male:
    P. paradoxa adult male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And I have oh, SO many nymphs. Don't wanna keep them all, but interest has slackened...
    P. paradoxa nymphs by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    P. paradoxa nymphs by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    Aren't they adorable...male and female nymphs
    P. paradoxa by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    The next batch of Elmantis are maturing...unfortunately these males will probably die before the females reach adult, so I'll have to rely on others
    Elmantis sp. male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Elmantis sp. male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And my Indian flower mantids are approaching adulthood
    Creobroter sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Creobroter sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    yes quite adorable!
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    Creobroter are maturing!
    Creobroter sp. female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Creobroter sp. female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Unfortunately this is the only male I have. The other one has had issues since he first molted to subadult and finally just died today...so I need to try and make sure this one does not get murderized by the girls
    Creobroter sp. male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Creobroter sp. male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Creobroter sp. male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    The latest generation matures...
    P. paradoxa new generation by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    P. paradoxa new generation by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And the previous passes away. Literally the only time I can get photos of their wings; interestingly enough she's dried out in this position, so I'm tempted to put her in resin rather than feed to a plant as I usually do.
    P. paradoxa afterlife by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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