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:
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.
I'm going to crowdsource for names for these nymphs. Drop suggestions in the thread.
Edited by ANTdrew, June 5 2023 - 6:05 AM.