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acanthops praying mantis peru ootheca hatching

Acanthops sp (Peru) ootheca hatching 1 week ago

I have acquired some ootheca of Acanthops sp (I’m not 100% sure of the exact species) from Peru, which were from mated females, from wild caught ootheca. One of them hatched in the post and hatched around 35, and a second hatched today (1 day later) with around 18 nymphs. It’s strange how these hatch… View Article
Sibylla pretiosa (cryptic mantis) laying ootheca

Sibylla pretiosa (Cryptic mantis) laying an ootheca 2 weeks ago

My last remaining female Sibylla pretiosa (Cryptic mantis) had laid her third ootheca. Sibylla are a really impressive species not just visually, but their strange movements and ferocious appetite make them a a great addition for the collection. Whilst she did mate once, I haven’t had any luck with hatching the previous ootheca so far,… View Article
idolomorpha lateralis dentifrons ootheca and nymphs

Idolomorpha lateralis / dentifrons ootheca, hatchlings, and nymphs 2 weeks ago

I acquired some Idolomorpha ootheca around 2 months ago. I am not sure of the exact species, I am guessing either lateralis or dentifrons. The 2 ootheca I had hatched 12 and 16 nymphs respectively, which were beautiful black and green elegant looking nymphs. A few of these died off as L1, but currently I’ve… View Article
Orchid mantis (hymenopus coronatus) ootheca

One of my Orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) females lays a good sized ootheca 4 weeks ago

One of my mated female Orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) has laid a good sized ootheca, which is one of the larger that I have seen from previous captive bred females. This lady was mated 2 weeks ago, so hopefully I should get a good hatch on this one, and fingers crossed for many more!
Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis) ootheca hatching

Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis) ootheca hatching 4 weeks ago

This week seems to have been nice and productive, with another Ootheca hatching – this time of Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis). These have impressive hatching numbers, up to 150 from each ootheca. These particular chinese mantis ootheca were from the states, from wild farmed females: Unfortunately I have previously found mortality rates from these oothecas… View Article
Orchid mantis mating (Hymenopus coronatus) mating

Orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) mating 4 weeks ago

I currently have 4 adult female Orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus), of which 2 of them are now 5 and 6 weeks old. I have a male which is now 5 weeks old, so introduced him to the female this week. He was very suceptable, and followed her less than a minute after spotting, and shortly… View Article
New Zealand mantis (Orthodera novaezealandiae) ootheca

Orthodera novaezealandiae (New Zealand Mantis) Ootheca Hatching 1 month ago

I have received a handful of ootheca from New Zealand, of Orthodera novaezealandiae (or commonly known as New Zealand mantis). These are a fantastic little species, highly energetic, ferocious with prey, and have a really odd behavioural characteristics. So far I have had 3 ootheca hatch, and had around 30 nymphs hatch from each. You… View Article
hoplocoryphella praying mantis ootheca for sale

Hoplocoryphella ootheca hatching 1 month ago

This morning I had a Hoplocoryphella sp. ootheca hatch. These are really strange looking “bubble” ootheca, which are translucent, seemingly hollow, with a small egg sack in the middle. The nymphs emerged from the little “seam” on the top, and hatched around 80 nymphs – a surprising amount for such a small ootheca!      The… View Article