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    How the heck have I missed this??! So cool man, congrats on the successes you've had. And thanks for sharing it with us!
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    Success continues too; don't have the picture up yet, but the Giant Asian Shield female that I managed to mate (before she chomped the surviving male, ruining my chances for the second female) just laid her first ooth too.
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    Nice! I thought the females HAD to chop the male.... or is that not true?
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    100% untrue; females will only eat the males if they haven't been fed enough to keep them sated. There are exceptions, like particularly aggressive Elmantis females that seem intent on chewing up simply anything that goes in their containers no matter how much they're fed, but then that's not them specifically targeting the males... the orchid male has actually been riding around on the female's back for the past 2 weeks without incident, their natural behavior.
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    Everything has a reason, whether big or small. Never underestimate the power of what is or is not.
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    Almost exactly 4 weeks since it was laid, the R. basalis ooth hatched! There're a couple hundred little guys in there...
    Rhombodera basalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Rhombodera basalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    A couple weeks to get them molting, and then hopefully I'll start selling them. Shockingly, the female has yet to produce a second ooth, and I'm uncertain as to why. The orchid female, meanwhile, just laid her third today (the first still has probably another 1-2 weeks before hatching).
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    3 new European mantids have joined my wild-caught male, now just to get the 2 females in mating condition...
    Mantis religiosa by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Mantis religiosa by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Mantis religiosa by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Additionally, finally found another male African Stick mantis, so hopefully I will get those guys breeding finally...also, the R. basalis nymphs have finally started molting to I2! The ooth sadly had a huge die-off, so aside from those I intend to keep I have a very limited number available, but hey, at least I have some to sell...
    R. basalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    R. basalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    She's old, but I'm still hoping for another ooth or two from this female.
    Parasphendale agrionina by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Why? Because the ooth that I originally purchased that came from her produced naught but this one little guy...
    Parasphendale agrionina by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Not from this female, but I did finally get what I hope is a fertile ooth from the stick mantids!
    Heterochaeta orientalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    May need to mate this girl again...
    Hierodula membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Because her first ooth gave me 11 babies (9 of which have survived to I2), and I haven't yet seen hatching from the other ooth that should be ready at this point.
    Hierodula membranacea by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Also wish I had another male for this girl,
    Rhombodera basalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Because while I still have a handful of nymphs from her first ooth alive and well (and a trio still for sale),
    Rhombodera basalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    A measly 8 nymphs hatched from the big second ooth
    Rhombodera basalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    The only species that I can boast truly regular success with, the bark mantids, of which I have 2 females from I think my 3rd generation home-raised now adult:
    Elmantis sp. female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Elmantis sp. female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Now, here's hoping similar success instead with my new panther mantids:
    Tarachodula pantherina male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Tarachodula pantherina male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Tarachodula pantherina female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Tarachodula pantherina female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Tarachodula pantherina female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And my ghost mantids!
    Phyllocrania paradoxa female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Phyllocrania paradoxa female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    One very special green individual...
    Phyllocrania paradoxa female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And my current only male...Phyllocrania paradoxa male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Everything has a reason, whether big or small. Never underestimate the power of what is or is not.
    There is far more to everything than meets the eye.
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