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Articles about latest ootheca hatches, and any stock updates.

idolomantis diabolica (devils flower mantis) nymph ootheca

Idolomantis diabolica (Devils flower praying mantis) ootheca hatching 1 week ago

I’ve acquired some Idolomantis diabolica (devils flower mantis) ootheca – and really forgot how fantastic this species was. I’ve not had these in culture since last year, the nymphs are a great size, and they have an incredible appetite. It seems the secret to these thriving is really hot temperatures – between 28-35c, and a… View Article
pseudovates peruviana unicorn mantis ootheca nymphs

Pseudovates peruviana (Unicorn mantis) ootheca hatching 2 months ago

Another busy week for ootheca! One of my Pseudovates peruviana (which I believe are commonly known as Unicorn mantis – but normally referring to the Texan species) hatched 16 nymphs. The hatch was staggered over 3 days, with 1 hatching, then another 12 hatching the next day, and a further 3 hatching the following day…. View Article
popa spurca african twig mantis nymph

Popa spurca (African twig mantis) ootheca & grown on nymphs 2 months ago

A few weeks ago I had a couple of Popa spurca (African twig mantis) ootheca hatch out, which had good hatch numbers, between 40 and 50 each. This species has always fascinated me in the fact it’s sort of in between a stick insect and a mantis – and quite a ferocious one at that…. View Article
acanthops praying mantis peru ootheca hatching

Acanthops sp (Peru) ootheca hatching 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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