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    Quote Originally Posted by schmiggle View Post
    Very beautiful species! Just keep in mind that some species (I think the Heterochaeta in particular) prefer flying prey. I think adult male dubia can fly, but they don't like to and are probably too big for nymphs. I could be wrong about preferences, though--if they're happily eating already they'll probably be fine.
    None of them have problems with the flightless fruit flies or moths I'm giving them, so I think prey-wise I'm covered at the moment. The Heterochaeta just don't like to chase things, bu they'll more than happily grab whatever walks by.

    mballard3513, pretty sure the photo you've attached is a Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis), which might be more common in much of the US than the European species, and one I'm trying to hatch out at the moment, but the two are very similar.
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    Roach-wise, I think you would be better off with Blatta lateralis. They tend to be more active than dubia and are less likely to bury themselves in the substrate (should you be using one). Also the don't get as large as adults which may.make them more suitable for adult mantids.
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    I thought the European have the black dot on the leg? But I'm no expert, I'm sure you know far more. I just did a quick google search when I found it, trying to identify.


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    Dragonseye: dubias were more than easy for me to obtain (friends with a science teacher who has them) and I'm only concerned really with feeding the babies or semi-mature to mantids after I can no longer catch things outside, plus no I don't use a substrate other than the carrots etc. I feed them and don't mind digging around for them so that's not an issue.

    mballard: so does Tenodera sometimes, so that can't be used necessarily; the striped colors along the sides of the wings were what I looked at among other things. As I'm just beginning this hobby I am far from expert as well, but I did find enough photos to suggest variability of both.
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    Very interesting, thanks for the info! Good luck with your babies! Mantid Madness!


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    Pseudocreobotra wahlbegii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbegii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbegii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbegii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Big enough to take flies now
    Sphodromantis lineola by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Sphodromantis lineola by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Sphodromantis lineola by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Turns out I had this species mislabeled...
    Heterochaeta orientalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Heterochaeta orientalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Heterochaeta occidentalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Heterochaeta orientalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And my first Elmantis molted to adult yesterday! Pretty sure this is male, but just to be sure I'll be watching closely for a while yet. Need one of the opposite sex to mature now
    Elmantis sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Elmantis sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    Catching a spiny in molt
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Also had 2 ooths from Elmantis
    Elmantis sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Elmantis sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Elmantis sp. ooth by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    One of which I caught her in the process of laying
    Elmantis sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Sphodros are getting bigger
    Sphodromantis lineola by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Sphodromantis lineola by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Sphodromantis lineola by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Sphodromantis lineola by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Sphodromantis lineola by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Heterochaeta orientalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Heterochaeta orientalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Heterochaeta orientalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Thesprotia graminis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Some of the spiny's are getting interesting colors; this guy is now dubbed Mr. Pink
    Mr. Pink (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii) by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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