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My Mantid Collection

My Mantid Collection

Postby poobsta » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:54 pm

I have really developed an addiction to mantids! They are some of the most interesting and stunning animals I have ever had the pleasure of keeping!
Heres a few pics of my collection so far.
My Sphodromantis
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Miomantis sp
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Tarachodea sp
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And finally, my pride and joy. Psuedocreobotra wahlbergii
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Thanks for looking



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Re: My Mantid Collection

Postby Herald_23 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:21 am

Beautiful eye-flowered mantid. Stunning!
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Re: My Mantid Collection

Postby it_bit_me » Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:51 am

Nice man. What cages are those ?
If I'm gonna be an old, lonely man, I'm gonna need a thing, you know, a hook, like that guy on the subway who eats his own face. So I figure I'll be Crazy Man with a Snake, y'know. Crazy Snake Man. And I'll get more snakes, call them my babies, kids won't walk past my place, they will run. "Run away from Crazy Snake Man, " they'll shout!”
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Re: My Mantid Collection

Postby poobsta » Thu May 02, 2013 7:19 am

Sorry guys! Feel like abit of a chop but my 'Sphodromantis' is in fact Polyspilota aeruginosa. Thanks a lot she is indeed a real stunner! ItBitMe, these pictures where taken outside of there cages with a black backround. I keep all my mantids in some high tubs I found then just drilled a whole bunch of ventilation holes and use damp paper towling under my substrate too keep humidity up. Abit of a mission because I have to change it before it gets mouldy. So still working on a caging idea that provides both good ventilation and decent humidity.
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Re: My Mantid Collection

Postby it_bit_me » Sat May 04, 2013 4:35 pm

I think the second one is maybe Sphrodromantis.
I make my cages out of an 5liter tub with an piece of shadenet over the top. At the bottom I put coco and then keep it moist.

This is my trophy species. I always find only males.
They like to eat flying insects
Empusa guttula
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If I'm gonna be an old, lonely man, I'm gonna need a thing, you know, a hook, like that guy on the subway who eats his own face. So I figure I'll be Crazy Man with a Snake, y'know. Crazy Snake Man. And I'll get more snakes, call them my babies, kids won't walk past my place, they will run. "Run away from Crazy Snake Man, " they'll shout!”
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Re: My Mantid Collection

Postby poobsta » Sun May 05, 2013 10:40 pm

I also thought she was a sphodromantis but is rather a miomantis. That empusa is stunning!!! Need to get my hands on some! Please let me know if you get oothecae from them
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Re: My Mantid Collection

Postby coleosse » Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:26 pm

Hi

Very nice the last! Bravo for his nice photograph!

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Re: My Mantid Collection

Postby it_bit_me » Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:17 pm

coleosse wrote:Hi

Very nice the last! Bravo for his nice photograph!

Chris


Thanks Chris. Mantis keepers are rare in SA. Lets hope we can make an nice update this summer.....
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Re: My Mantid Collection

Postby F1refly » Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:54 pm

Wow! Those flower mantises are extremely common in a local ladies garden, I've seen all the pictures she's taken, they are stunning
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