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    The first ooth from the Elmantis sp. female hatched...marking the first hatching of an ooth produced in my care! Can't keep them all, so in probably about half a week when they all molt first I'll have most of these little guys (and I do mean little ) up for sale; there are 42 of them currently.
    Elmantis sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    The Elmantis nymphs have begun molting to L2, and thereby big enough for me to start selling them
    Elmantis sp. L2 by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And one of my African lined was feeling adventuruous today...
    Sphodro and owner by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    Glad to see these are doing well! I particularly like those last pictures, though I'm forced to admit I imagined you looking totally different
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    Scared to ask, what did you imagine me looking like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    Scared to ask, what did you imagine me looking like?
    Mostly I think I thought you were older because you're particularly well-spoken.
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    I enjoyed keeping mantids back around 2010-2011. I didn't enjoy hatching housefly and blue bottle fly pupae and hearing flies buzzing and banging around in their hatching cups all the time. I used powered milk to fed the flies and bee pollen to coat them before feeding to the mantids.

    I had Spiny flower mantids, ghost mantids, and a couple others I can't recall at the moment.

    I noticed they are openly selling stick & leaf insects on ebay inside the USA (as "live bait / feeder food") have the laws changed? I remember they are illegal because the feds are afraid they'll eat farmers crops and become invasive but in most of the US it's too cold for the tropical species to naturalize.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schmiggle View Post
    Mostly I think I thought you were older because you're particularly well-spoken.
    I've always been particular about expressing myself; things like run-on sentences drive me insane. Might the the writer side of me, or might just be the OCD, who knows...

    Swords, I've only just started the mantid hobby and only know that it's perfectly legal for me to have mantids in my state; I know nothing about leaf and stick insects, but I could certainly imagine plenty of keepers having gone up in arms over them being illegal because they can't really naturalize anywhere (temperate species that generally are already here notwithstanding).
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    Those are some beautiful mantis! Here's my female Violin Mantis:

    Mantid Madness!-img_7945-jpg

    She finally molted to an Adult lat month and now I am on a mission to find her a mate~

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