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PostSubject: My mantis oothecas are hatching! (pics added)   2/9/2011, 1:19 am

So i have an ootheca of Mantis religiosa nymphs hatching right now! very exciting! weve got eleven alive an kicking so far! about twenty born dead Neutral


pics coming soon!


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PostSubject: Re: My mantis oothecas are hatching! (pics added)   2/9/2011, 1:52 am

Cool, man.

Do you plan on feeding them fruit flies? I've never kept any mantids myself.
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PostSubject: Re: My mantis oothecas are hatching! (pics added)   2/9/2011, 1:59 am

ya im throwing them into colonies of six right now with about ten Drosophila Hydei (winged flightless) fruit flies. we took a bunch of real good pics but i havent uploaded them yet.
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PostSubject: Re: My mantis oothecas are hatching! (pics added)   2/9/2011, 3:22 am

Oh, can't wait to see em'! Good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: My mantis oothecas are hatching! (pics added)   2/9/2011, 6:41 pm

very cool man, Congrats and good luck with them...
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PostSubject: Re: My mantis oothecas are hatching! (pics added)   2/10/2011, 7:17 pm

sorry it took so long guys here are some of the pics













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PostSubject: Re: My mantis oothecas are hatching! (pics added)   2/11/2011, 3:47 am

Very cool! Thanks for sharing Very Happy Now we get periodic updates too right?? Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: My mantis oothecas are hatching! (pics added)   2/11/2011, 4:07 am

Aw look at the little guy! How cute is he! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: My mantis oothecas are hatching! (pics added)   2/13/2011, 2:20 am

Eight more babies born today. We now have over thirty little guys out of just the first egg sac.
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PostSubject: Re: My mantis oothecas are hatching! (pics added)   2/15/2011, 4:57 pm

Hahaha. I'd love to start Mantis-Farming, but 30 in 1 sac is so intense and impressive it's stupid. I thought you were only suspected to get 10-15 from a sac.

I think, you sir, got a very, very good one! Congrats and Enjoy mate!
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PostSubject: Re: My mantis oothecas are hatching! (pics added)   2/15/2011, 7:53 pm

No man thirty to 50 is average for me with M. religiosa. In a good ootheca i get 60-100 somethimes. So far the ootheca has hatched nearly sixty nymphs. Its been a few days since i last posted in this thread.
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PostSubject: Re: My mantis oothecas are hatching! (pics added)   2/15/2011, 7:56 pm

I stand corrected, and am very impressed.

How many do you generally have survive to reach adulthood?
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PostSubject: Re: My mantis oothecas are hatching! (pics added)   2/15/2011, 8:06 pm

Very few unfortunately. Ive raised thousands of mantids but ive only successfully breeded adults that ive raised a handfull of times. Their mortality rate is extremely high. It is a very challenging and often times emotionally trying job to try to get these guys within there optimal growth parameters. In my opinion mantises are among the hardest terrestrial arthropods to care for correctly.
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