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    Quote Originally Posted by charoozz520 View Post
    Those are some beautiful mantis! Here's my female Violin Mantis:

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    She finally molted to an Adult lat month and now I am on a mission to find her a mate~
    She is absolutely gorgeous Congratulations on growing such a difficult species to adulthood.

    If you like, I can ask around on the forum I'm on that's principally concerned with insects and arachnids to see if anyone is also looking for a mate.
    The worst thing [about being an adult] is when you realize that oreos are just OK
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    Thank you! I think my success was that I kept it super warm (90s) and fed it a steady supply of fruit flies and black solider flies.

    That would be amazing if you could find a male, but it is getting cold so I might just wait till Spring and hit up some different reptile expos around here.

    Quote Originally Posted by schmiggle View Post
    She is absolutely gorgeous Congratulations on growing such a difficult species to adulthood.

    If you like, I can ask around on the forum I'm on that's principally concerned with insects and arachnids to see if anyone is also looking for a mate.

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    If I ever get the space to set up proper heating etc. I'll eventually get into some of those species. Alas, I am limited on expansion as with everything else...

    Thesprotia are finally getting to a size where I can actually photograph them and not the background
    Thesprotia graminis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    And one of the spinys was being prissy a few days ago, made for a good photo shoot
    P. wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    P. wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    That wahlbergii is stunning ! You're making me really want to get one!!! Adding that to my wishlist along with diabolica and orchid mantis. I understand the limits on space, with my collection of plants, snakes, lizards, and insects, I surprise myself on how I continue to find space for more and more species. My violin's tank sits on top of my LED quad light which keeps her tank at a toasty 95.

    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    If I ever get the space to set up proper heating etc. I'll eventually get into some of those species. Alas, I am limited on expansion as with everything else...

    Thesprotia are finally getting to a size where I can actually photograph them and not the background
    Thesprotia graminis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    And one of the spinys was being prissy a few days ago, made for a good photo shoot
    P. wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    P. wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

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    wahlbergii update...all but one I think are now at subadult; unfortunately that one is a female, who needs to be ahead of the males...
    P. wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    P. wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    P. wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    P. wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    P. wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    P. wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    My 2 biggest Heterochaeta, the 2nd now at least 5" long
    H. orientalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    H. orientalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    H. orientalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And "Luciano" is now a subadult
    S. lineola by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    S. lineola by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    The 3rd male Elmantis to mature; they don't last long, but the females keep going, and going, and going...anybody want an egg case from these guys?
    Elmantis sp. male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Elmantis sp. male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    And, I has new arrivals! Ootheca from Hierodula membranacea (one of the Giant Asian mantids) now incubating, and these guys are Giant Malaysian Shield mantids
    Rhombodera basalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Rhombodera basalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Rhombodera basalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    When newly molted, they're blue
    Rhombodera basalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    Mr. Pink, my most mature spiny flower mantis, molted to adult today! He's a bit ahead of either female, so might miss his chance to mate, but he's worth keeping around just to look at too...
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii "Mr. Pink" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii "Mr. Pink" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii "Mr. Pink" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Darker shots to try and get the wing details more
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii "Mr. Pink" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii "Mr. Pink" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    I caved...my 2 newest pets, the Malaysian Orchid Mantis
    Hymenopus coronatus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Hymenopus coronatus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    Hymenopus coronatus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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