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ANTdrew's Carolina Mantis Journal


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#1 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 9 2022 - 8:08 AM

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Beginning 6-9-2022

 

This is a new journal for some Stagmomantis carolina nymphs I am raising along with my five year old son. At the end of last October, he found a gravid female on a butterfly bush in my yard. We cared for her for a few weeks, keeping her in an old AC outworld 1.0. She eventually laid an egg case, then promptly died.

 

Here she is:

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I kept the egg case in an open top glass jar under a roof on my patio all winter. On Sunday, June 5th, nymphs finally started to hatch out of the egg case, which was very exciting for all of us! Luckily, I had prepared in advance by ordering a wingless fruit fly culture and preparing several containers. We are currently keeping two of the baby mantids, and I gave one to my insect loving coworker as well.

 

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I'm going to crowdsource for names for these nymphs. Drop suggestions in the thread.


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#2 Offline bmb1bee - Posted June 9 2022 - 8:11 AM

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Jade, Opal, etc. if you want some cool names for the nice translucent color of the nymphs.


Love the mantids btw, good luck with them!


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Top three favorite colonies so far are Pheidole navigans, Hypoponera opacior, and Myrmecocystus depilis.

 

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#3 Offline T.C. - Posted June 9 2022 - 1:24 PM

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Becareful with the having dead prey in their enclosure. This species has been known to grab the dead and eat it if they have gone a while without eating. As well keep in mind their enclosure should be quite tall as they molt.

#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 17 2022 - 7:37 AM

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Update 6-17-2022

 

After wading through the overwhelming number of name suggestions, we've narrowed it down to: Jade. The one we had on the patio was going to be named Opal, but it unfortunately died for some reason. Perhaps it got too hot.

 

We are misting Jade's AC outworld every day, and I cleaned it to remove any remaining dead insects. The mantis is eating fruit flies voraciously, and it had its first molt this morning, which was fun to watch while I ate my breakfast. It basically doubled in size since hatching, and I have a feeling it's a male. My son is really have a blast keeping this creature, which is the most important thing.

 

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#5 Offline bmb1bee - Posted June 17 2022 - 8:16 AM

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Adorable! I’m glad it got a successful molt.
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#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 30 2022 - 2:33 AM

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Update 6-30-2022

 

Our Stagmomantis, Jade, continues to do great. These are very rewarding animals to keep! It is eating four or five wingless fruit flies a day. We've tried some larger flies and a tree cricket nymph, but I think it is still intimidated by them. The mantis had its second successful molt on Saturday, June 25th. It is almost one inch long now.

 

 My son also found what is likely to be one of Jade's siblings out in our yard the other day. Very cool to see!

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