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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:30 pm 
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Finally... I finally managed to add this amazing species to my list. LOL :lol:

Agreed to a trade with my pre-subadult pair of Phyllocrania paradoxa (Ghost mantis) for 3, 2nd instar nymphs of Idolomantis diabolica a month ago and I finally received them today. I'll be extremely happy with myself even if I only manage to get one close to adult.

BTW, the media in the first pic looks very wet because I sprayed a lot of water to get the level even. I drained it out afterwards.

Anyway, pics:
IMG_0167 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0172 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0177 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0169 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 Sep 28, 2014 12:09 pm 
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Oooooh very nice :mrgreen: also on my list :D but as you say hard to come by and expensive!!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:55 pm 
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Lovely! My favourite mantis species by far! :D


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:17 pm 
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hey darkrai, would you be able to tell me where you bought these devils flower mantids?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:30 pm 
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Managed to bag a pair of these at AES on Saturday, well I hope its a pair its difficult to be sure when they curl up their abdomen :?

Female I think?


Male?
Just have to wait and see as they grow lol.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:44 pm 
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Managed to get some better pics and I believe I have 2 females and 1 male. I wouldn't say for definite though until they moult to 3rd instar.

Pics:
IMG_0190 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0207 by darkrai283, on Flickr
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IMG_0204 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: Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:47 pm 
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Will Haigh wrote:
hey darkrai, would you be able to tell me where you bought these devils flower mantids?


Read the OP please. :wink:

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Managed to bag a pair of these at AES on Saturday, well I hope its a pair its difficult to be sure when they curl up their abdomen :?
Female I think?
Male?
Just have to wait and see as they grow lol.


Very nice, from Martin right? I didn't get any from him as I still have my trio... all 3rd instars now and I'm sure of the sexes now. :)

Here's a sexing guide for anybody else who wants to know how to sex them (They're still 2nd instars in the photo).

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Idolo sexing female by darkrai283, on Flickr
Idolo sexing male 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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Nice photos Darkrai, just need to find my magnifier now....
Yes it was Martin(Bugz Uk) :D

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nice species...i tried these a few years back but could never get the conditions right for them....

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:34 am 
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I'm beginning to appreciate the difficulty with these one has just mis moulted, got stuck half way out of its old skin :( Humidity was perfect as was temps so a bit at a loss as to reasons for its demise :roll:

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:51 am 
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Just lost the second one :cry: think I'll stick to the easier ones I've done like ghost etc, seem to have better luck with those :| even though I've yet to breed any full cycle :roll:

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:59 pm 
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Really sorry to hear that Dranared. :'(

The relative humidity IS important for successful moults in this species but what some people seem to forget is that the amount of fluid they have stored in their body from their food and other sources is just as important. The latter especially relates to the smaller instars (let's say from 1st to 4th instar) as they use this to 'lubricate' their new body inside just before moulting and smaller nymphs cannot store that much water in their bodies due to their small size.

Sometimes, you can see the secreted lubricant as tiny bead on their exoskeleton in the few hours leading up to the moult in most species.

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Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:14 pm 
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Yes I think you may be correct that they may have been a bit dehydrated as it would explain the difficulty they had :(

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One of the females has stopped eating and her abdomen is very fat. :)



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Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
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The one in the video moulted to 3rd instar.

Female moulted to 3th instar
Moulting interval: ??? days (first time she moulted since I got her)


Current stages of the three nymphs:
Female no.1: 3rd instar
Female no.2: 2nd instar
Male: 2nd instar

2nd instar nymph:
IMG_0426 by darkrai283, on Flickr

Pics of the 3rd instar:
IMG_0436 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0437 by darkrai283, on Flickr

Size difference between 2nd and 3rd:
IMG_0462 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0458 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: Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:37 pm 
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The male moulted to 3rd instar.

Male moulted to 3th instar
Moulting interval: ??? days (first time she moulted since I got her)


Current stages of the three nymphs:
Female no.1: 3rd instar
Female no.2: 2nd instar
Male: 3rd instar

[05.10.14]

Female no.2 moulted to 3rd instar.

Female no. 2 moulted to 3th instar
Moulting interval: ??? days (first time she moulted since I got her)


Current stages of the three nymphs:
Female no.1: 3rd instar
Female no.2: 3rd instar
Male: 3rd instar

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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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16.10.14

Female no.1 is in the pre-moult postition. :)

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Current mantis species:
Acanthops erosula
Blepharopsis mendica
Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
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Female no.1 in the last reply moulted to 4th instar.

Female moulted to 4th instar
Moulting interval: 14 days


Current stages of the three nymphs:
Female no.1: 4th instar
Female no.2: 3rd instar
Male: 3rd instar

Pics of the 4th instar:
IMG_0838 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0833 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0814 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0805 by darkrai283, on Flickr

Size difference between 4th and 3rd instar nymphs:
IMG_0809 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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Both Female no.2 and the male nymph moulted to 4th instar in the space of an hour.

Female no. 2 moulted to 4th instar
Moulting interval: 14 days

Male moulted to 4th instar
Moulting interval: 15 days


Current stadium of the three nymphs:
Female no.1: 4th instar
Female no.2: 4th instar
Male: 4th instar

Video of Female no.2 moulting:


Moulting pics of the male:
IMG_0891 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0897 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0903 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0907 by darkrai283, on Flickr

Moulting pics of the female:
IMG_0914 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0925 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0927 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0931 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_0934 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
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Female no. 2 became a minty-white colour. :crazy:

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IMG_1024 by darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_1029 by darkrai283, on Flickr
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Current mantis species:
Acanthops erosula
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Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
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Phyllocrania paradoxa

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All three moulted to 5th instar in the last 3 days.

Female no. 1 moulted to 5th instar
Moulting interval: 20 days
Female no. 2 moulted to 5th instar
Moulting interval: 15 days
Male moulted to 5th instar
Moulting interval: 17 days

Current stadium of the three nymphs:
Female no.1: 5th instar
Female no.2: 5th instar
Male: 5th instar

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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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Deimatic display! (It was shot through dirty glass so it isn't that great)

IMG_1653 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

[25.12.14]

Just chillin' on Christmas day...

IMG_1678 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
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Sooo... it's been 70 days since they last moulted, and my attempt at trying to raise this species to adulthood has been a failure. I had to put down the last male in the freezer today.

They just refused to moult for some reason, then got weaker and weaker and just died. I've heard from few people that they've had this happen to the stock I had too so it might just not be my conditions. :/

The first female to pass away just got weaker and weaker and just went limp.

The other female was doing really well but ate too much and ruptured her side when she fell, about 3 weeks ago.

After that, because I only had my male left who was healthy at the time, I ordered a pre-sub female from a European breeder which was sent last Monday.

This morning, the male was just very weak and limp like the 1st female that passed away so I put him down in the freezer. :'(

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

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The pre-subadult female came today and despite the 8 day delivery in the not-so-warm European weather, she is great and full of energy. :) I hope to at least raise this one to adulthood.

IMG_2246 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2240 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
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

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First night in my possession and she treated me with a threat pose when I tried to move her into a larger container.
I rushed taking the pics though so I couldn't get as close a shot as I wanted to... nor are they sharp. :/

IMG_2254 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2253 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

Youtube video! :)


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Creobroter nebulosa
Decimiana bolivari
Gongylus gongylodes
Idolomantis diabolica
Heterochaeta orientalis
Hymenopus coronatus
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Phyllocrania paradoxa

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hi. she looks awesome. reminds me of my violin mantids who also display in a similar way, although not very often. i have a film of one somewhere.

how are they going? do you think you will be able to breed them. its one species id love to keep. i kept a couple a few years ago but lost them in final instar. i kept them in a cage with the wrong type of mesh and the claws became damaged.

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The pre-sub female moulted to subadult. :)

Moulting video:


IMG_2418 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
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IMG_2421 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2437 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2454 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2453 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2435 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"
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[13.02.15]

Some pics of the subadult female.

IMG_2652 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2643 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2654 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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Acanthops erosula
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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: Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:00 am 
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Looking gorgeous :D :thumb:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:36 am 
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[04.02.15]

Looking gorgeous. :)

IMG_0863 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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[14.03.15]

The wingbuds are finally starting to lift off the body. :)

IMG_1696 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_1720 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: Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:45 am 
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[16.03.15]

... and now they're starting to puff up.

IMG_1766 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_1764 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_1770 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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[27.03.15]

Well, bad news. She moulted to adult on Monday (23rd) but it was a mismoult. It was as if her old skin on the pronotum didn't come off the new body underneath at all. The infamous 'S' mismoult. :(

I hope to be having a go at this species again sometime soon though with a larger number of specimens.

Here's a pic of her after 4 days in the freezer.

IMG_3238 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
Miomantis cf. caffra "Johannesburg"
Phyllocrania paradoxa

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Dranared69 wrote:
Looking gorgeous :D :thumb:


Thank you Dranared69. :)

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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 Apr 10, 2015 6:17 pm 
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Darkrai283 wrote:
[27.03.15]

Well, bad news. She moulted to adult on Monday (23rd) but it was a mismoult. It was as if her old skin on the pronotum didn't come off the new body underneath at all. The infamous 'S' mismoult. :(

I hope to be having a go at this species again sometime soon though with a larger number of specimens

:o :cry: Will you have another go with them?

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