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    Petalbutt 1, female orchid
    Hymenopus coronatus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Petalbutt 2 is pinker, and most likely also female
    Hymenopus coronatus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Spiny female 2 is adult! That makes 3, and the other males should be along shortly...then I can hopefully mate them and get eggs
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    I really wish that eyespot kept the coral color
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    The Giant Asian nymphs are now ranging from L3-L5, and I am running out of room (and reliable food) for them...anybody want a couple?
    Hierodula membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Desi's adult! His wings are properly folded too...and he's turning into the same kind of curious pain in the butt that Luciano was when younger...
    Sphodromantis lineola by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Sphodromantis lineola by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Crazy mantis ruining my photos...
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    Sphodromantis lineola by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Smallest of the sticks, newly molted
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    And the last of the bigger females also molted. That's 4 now at either presub or subadult (if the former, good grief are they going to get huge!), though one of the other 2 females had a fall while molting and may not make it...
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    New adult male; should have at least one at the right age to pair with the females
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    P. wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    2 Shields at L7
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    Petalbutt 1 now at L6, eating multiple flies at a time and fully white...
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    And oh so many of these guys...a lot are reaching L6, and will soon outgrow most of the containers I could keep them in...
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    Most of the membs still alive (I've had a sudden increase in the number of cannibalisms recently...) are now L5 and up, meaning I can finally sex the majority of them. A pair of the browner ones:
    H. membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    H. membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And 3 of 4 shields are at L8; only one more molt before adult, and then I can breed and hopefully sell them too.
    R. basalis female 1 by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Skittish female was not happy about me moving her into a bigger house.
    R. basalis female 1 by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    R. basalis female 2 by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Aren't they adorable?
    R. basalis female 2 by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    R. basalis "Blue" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    R. basalis "Blue" by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Still the smallest, but she's catching up...
    H. orientalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And of course, the two orchids are looking ever lovely
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    Petalbutt 2 by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    Lots of variety among the Giant Asians
    H. membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    H. membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    H. membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Both of the R. basalis females now subadult; hopefully only a couple weeks before they're mature, a month or two before I can get them mating
    R. basalis L9 female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    R. basalis L9 female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Both big female sticks now subadult too
    H. orientalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Hand for scale; they are huge!
    H. orientalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    2nd generation adult bark mantids
    Elmantis sp. female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Elmantis sp. male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And Petalbutt 1 disregarding my personal bubble.
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    Both male Shields are now adults...this one is a lot more adventurous than Blue is
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    R. basalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    He had a thing for being on camera. Like, literally, on the camera
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    R. basalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And being up close and personal
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    "Shhh...you are substrate and do not speak"
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    Wow, didn't realize I forgot to post about this girl here:
    H. coronatus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Yep, she's adult! Now for the battle to find a male...
    H. coronatus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    H. coronatus by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    Meanwhile, the females of the Giant Asians are still a little behind...
    H. membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    But I have nearly the full complement of colors in adult males! Just waiting on the pink ones...anybody want an adult Giant Asian mantis?
    H. membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    H. membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    H. membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    H. membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    H. membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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