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    Mantid Madness!

    So just recently I got into a new hobby, one that I tried a couple of times years back (before I knew what I was doing) with no success, and thus far things are looking a lot more promising....

    Of course for keeping predatory insects, you need stuff to feed them with, and my main food source for them is almost as interesting to document as the mantids. I just got my one current adult female dubia to give birth for the first time:
    juvenile dubia roach by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And she's a little chunky still after the fact:
    female dubia roach by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And one of the other previously immature roaches molted into an adult male, so I can be assurred likely of youngsters every month for as long as I have carrots to give them:
    Male dubia roach by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    My first mantids (came in a little over a week ago) are young African Giant lined mantises, currently dubbed Lucy, Fred, Ethel, and Desi (bonuses for those who get the referene), though Lucy, the biggest one, is the only on I'm certain of the sex right now.
    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


    And just yesterday, received 4 other species to try my hand at. The largest and currently the only adults I have, 2 female and 1 male African Budwings. The first female has already mated, and the other two I will eventually get to couple
    Parasphendale affinis -female #1 by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Green on her face and red on her sides; very colorful close up
    Parasphendale affinis -female #1 by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Munch munch...
    Parasphendale affinis -female #1 by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Parasphendale affinis -female #2 by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And the male is puny by comaprison
    Parasphendale affinis -male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    Species #3, 5 L2 African spiny flower mantids. Babies mimic ants while the adults are showy with unusual wing eyespots
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    Species 4, Giant African stick mantids. These guys look like they're constantly disappointed with my decisions in life...and eventually they'll get up to 6 inches long
    Heterochaeta occidentalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Heterochaeta occidentalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Heterochaeta occidentalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Heterochaeta occidentalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Heterochaeta occidentalis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    And my final current mantid, an undesignated African ground mantis species. For their size they have huge attitudes, and if anything moves around them they start displaying with pumping arms and flexing abdomens.
    Elmantis sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Elmantis sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Elmantis sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    The current largest
    Elmantis sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Elmantis sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Elmantis sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Elmantis sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    Here's hoping I can keep all of them to maturity and breeding size...
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    All very cool! I love Manis . Where did you get them?
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    Good luck! Many fascinating mantid species out there. Unfortunately, all are short-lived so successful breeding and raising of the young is necessary unless one doesn't mind laying out $ for new ones. Maintaining the necessary humidity would be the main hurdle for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plant Heathen View Post
    All very cool! I love Manis . Where did you get them?
    I'll second this. Where indeed?

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    I love the orchid mantises. They are SO beautiful!

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    Plant Heathen and Huntsmanshorn: Most of them I got from another mantid breeder (there are a lot of FB groups and forums out there), and the Sphodros from US Mantis.

    DragonsEye: Already as of today have an ootheca from the mated Parasphendale female; doubt it's fertile since it's small and so soon after shipping but it's a step in that direction and she'll undoubtedly lay more soon with how plump she still is. The male died, sadly, but I should be getting a replacement shortly so I can mate them both again, and the other species I have both males and females present. Humidity isn't much of an issue for me despite where I live since they're all in mostly closed containers and a spray every couple days takes care of the rest of the problem.

    Jimscott: Don't have orchids at the moment, starting mostly with species that are easier (though the Heterochaeta may be an exception, but they're doing just fine at the moment), but I do agree they're fantastic looking and I'll get there eventually. Certainly plenty of places I can get them too, apparently.
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    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.

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    So cool! Always been my favorite insect. I live in Washington state and had only seen them in travel until a couple years ago...I found at least 6 last summer. Obviously just your standard European mantis. But we had a pretty hard winter for us and I've seen none this year

    Good luck with them! They are fascinating critters



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