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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:40 pm 
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Finally managed to source a subadult pair of this beautiful Hierodula sp.. :kp:

I had a pair of 3rd/4th instar nymphs before but they both died from moulting problems (+ some others). All the ones affected to have some degree of difficulty in initially 'splitting' the skin at the back and even the ones that managed to do so soon became trapped in their thick, rigid exoskeleton. I suspect it was due to me switching their diet to Hermetia illucens larvae and adults as an experiment. The problem probably wouldn't have risen if I had just used the adult flies but I used the smaller larvae which are known to be very high in calcium to feed the smaller instars. I've heard that excessive amounts of calcium in a mantids' diet causes their exoskeleton to grow too thick and I think that's what happened to my previous pair.

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Anyway, both the male and the female moulted to adult in transit and even managed to expand their wings properly without damaging them. The only apparent 'injuries' the female seems to have are a bent antenna and small indents in the eyes. (probably was knocked around a bit while she was hardening up.

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Untitled by darkrai283, on Flickr

Male:

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Colouration of their chest and the insides of their coxa+femur.

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Untitled by darkrai283, on Flickr

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Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:31 am 
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There beauty's, you were lucky they did manage the moult in transit :yikes: good luck with them :D

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 4:08 pm 
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Just some newer pics.
My male is the most energetic out of my collection right now but the female's pretty lethargic. The external damage to the body from moulting to adult whilst getting shipped is more visible and apparent now. I should be able to mate the female in 2-3 weeks time. :)

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IMG_0045 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0076 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0070 by darkrai283, on Flickr


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IMG_0060 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0062 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0063 by darkrai283, on Flickr

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Current mantis species:
Acanthops erosula
Blepharopsis mendica
Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:02 pm 
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The female died.
The top-half of her body just froze up so it seems like moulting in transit did more damage than I thought.

In the past few days, she grew more and more lethargic as she started to 'freeze-up' and her wings just kept on fraying to the sides and kept on getting stuck on her legs so I cut the bottom bit off... I froze her in the end.

Pics:
IMG_0335 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0336 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0333 by darkrai283, on Flickr

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Current mantis species:
Acanthops erosula
Blepharopsis mendica
Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:07 pm 
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[29.09.14]

Agreed to do a breeding loan.

My male in exchange for a H. mauscula ooth (if he manages to mate with the 3 females the person on the other end has)

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Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:13 pm 
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Well, 2 months later... and he had no luck. His females all died for some unknown reason.

BUT, he bought a fertile ooth from Germany and he said it hatched last week so he sent me 20, 1st instars; and here they are today. :)

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IMG_1461 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_1465 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_1478 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_1480 by darkrai283, on Flickr

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Current mantis species:
Acanthops erosula
Blepharopsis mendica
Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:19 pm 
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A few are 2nd instar now. :)

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IMG_1611 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_1625 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_1623 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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Current mantis species:
Acanthops erosula
Blepharopsis mendica
Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

Others: Phasmids, Beetles, Butterflies, Moths

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:21 pm 
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A few are 3rd instar now and one of them has this beautiful colouration. :D

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IMG_2201 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2200 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2210 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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Current mantis species:
Acanthops erosula
Blepharopsis mendica
Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 11:09 am 
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The first male 4th instar is here. :) The red colouration on the raptorials are much clearer now and they're large enough to be sexed too.

IMG_2306 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2296 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2302 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2288 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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Current mantis species:
Acanthops erosula
Blepharopsis mendica
Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:27 pm 
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5th instar here we come!

The male in the previous set of pics moulted to 5th instar in the afternoon and he is still keeping the orangy/red colouration. :)

IMG_2625 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2618 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2624 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2641 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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Current mantis species:
Acanthops erosula
Blepharopsis mendica
Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:04 am 
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Nice colouration :) will it keep some of that colour through to adult do you think?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:05 pm 
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A sexing pic of two 4th instars. :)

FEMALE:
IMG_2685 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

MALE:
IMG_2694 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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Current mantis species:
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Blepharopsis mendica
Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
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Phyllocrania paradoxa

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:08 pm 
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The first 6th instar (male). :D

IMG_3051 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_3038 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_3037 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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Current mantis species:
Acanthops erosula
Blepharopsis mendica
Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:11 pm 
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A pic of the same male in the last set of photos (still 6th instar).

Plus two photos of him compared with another 6th instar male which has a typical green colouration. All I needed was another deep red specimen to create some mantis traffic lights. :p

IMG_3266 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_3258 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_3257 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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Current mantis species:
Acanthops erosula
Blepharopsis mendica
Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:14 pm 
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Sorry guys, but here's another two pics of him as a test subject for my first attempt at using a DIY lightbox.

IMG_3344 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_3341 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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Current mantis species:
Acanthops erosula
Blepharopsis mendica
Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:15 pm 
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Dranared69 wrote:
Nice colouration :) will it keep some of that colour through to adult do you think?


I had some nymphs with this 'colour morph' last year as well but the orange colouration faded away at around 6th instar to a normal green colour.

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Current mantis species:
Acanthops erosula
Blepharopsis mendica
Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

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