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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2015 11:29 am 
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[25.01.15]

I picked up 2 nymphs (one subadult, one pre-subadult) at the S.E.A.S today...

I was so annoyed when I got back and realised that I had bought two males!

What happened was that I sexed a pair and left them to the side at the very start of the show, then had a look around on other tables and when I got back to that stand, there were two cups on the side where I had left the sexed pair earlier... so I thought that they were them and bought them without checking. Stupid me!

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IMG_2370 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2352 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2367 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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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 11:32 am 
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[27.01.14]

Good news. I managed to find someone selling a subadult female so she should be coming sometime next week from outside the UK. :)

Video of the subadult male

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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 Feb 02, 2015 2:35 pm 
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Do you know if the seller had any more? I'm also stuck with 2 subadult males...

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 11:56 am 
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The subadult female arrived.

Pics with the subadult male who is going to be moulting soon:

Untitled by Darkrai283, on Flickr
Untitled by Darkrai283, on Flickr
Untitled by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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Current mantis species:
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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: Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:01 pm 
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[08.02.15]

Oh man, that's the first male down. :'(

He started moulting to adult just before I went to eat dinner so I took this photo then. When I came back, his antennae and raptorials had gotten stuck so his thorax had 'snapped' in half and his body was very deformed. I hope this doesn't happen with the one pair I have left.

Untitled 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 12:05 pm 
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[13.02.14]

A photo of the subadult female's pattern/colouration of her coxa.

IMG_2663 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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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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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:15 pm 
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Bogzla wrote:
Do you know if the seller had any more? I'm also stuck with 2 subadult males...


Sorry Bogzla, I missed this reply. I just sent him a message asking if he has any left. :thumb:

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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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PostPosted: Sun Feb 15, 2015 11:11 am 
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Really nice species, next one on my "to get" list for this year!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:32 pm 
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they are awesome. i kept and bred these successfully and had a few ooth laying females. i ended up with about 10 otths and several hundred nymphs. sold a lot, but couldnt keep the rest going through the winter. eventually all died due to the cold and lack of fruit flies / aphids. i was guttted but my house is just not suitable for warmth. i wish i had a really nice mantis set up. some sort of heated, walk in enclosure with massive lighted boxes with big colonies of these and idolomantis especially. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:54 pm 
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[16.02.15]

The younger male moulted to subadult today.

VIDEO:


IMG_2698 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_2701 by Darkrai283, on Flickr

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Current mantis species:
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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 Apr 06, 2015 10:56 pm 
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[19.02.15]

Dat colouration tho... (subadult male)

IMG_2762 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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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:58 pm 
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[31.03.15]

Seeing how I have both sexes as subadults now (again), I decided to do some comparison shots. :)

Head Shot by Darkrai283, on Flickr
Pronotum Shots by Darkrai283, on Flickr
Wingbud Shots 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 11:01 pm 
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Oh man, these things make me want to kill myself lol. She was in the perfect pre-moult position for hours and hours.... up until the few second before she started pumping her abdomen and broke the exoskeleton on her back. She stupidly decided to change the position of one of her back legs, which ended up with her having extremely bowed legs which are no use at all.

IMG_1923 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_1930 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_1940 by Darkrai283, on Flickr
IMG_1957 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 11:02 pm 
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[22.03.15]

I had to put her down in the freezer today so here's a pic I took of her just before removing her from the tank.

IMG_2040 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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