View Full Version : Some questions on orchid mantids (Hymenopus coronatus)
07-02-2008, 10:58 AM
I think they are beautiful insects & plan on keeping them in the future, but:
1. Do they have to be kept in sexed pairs?
2. Can the female produce without mating?
3. Does the female eat the male after mating?
thank you :]
07-02-2008, 11:46 AM
These arent communal and will have to be housed individually, the female doesnt always eat him but will if shes hungry and gets a chance, and no they cant reproduce parthenogeneticly sadly :(
07-02-2008, 12:35 PM
The thing with Hymenopus when you want to breed them, is you need to slow down the growth of the male as he will mature much faster than the female. So either buy the male at a later date, or keep the male much cooler, and limit his food supply.
Depending on how hungry the female is, or how threatened she is by the male, will depend on whether or not he gets eaten. The Hymenopus males are VERY small.
All mantids will produce ootheca without mating, but only a select few will hatch. These guys need to be mated to produce fertile ootheca.
07-02-2008, 06:11 PM
Ohhh I seee
and yes unlucky males,so I'm guessing you have to keep them apart untill you want to mate them?
07-04-2008, 02:43 AM
1) Only if you want to breed
3) Sometimes, once they mate seperaye them.
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