Sunday, November 12, 2006

I couldn't work out if this site was legit, many people have told me they think it is somewhat of a spoof. They were selling "black" morphs of mantis last year...yea, how believable is that. Anyway, this is what they said:


PRAYING MANTIS ~ PRAYING MANTIDSUnited States Praying Mantis DealerBUY A PRAYING MANTIS ~ BUY PRAYING MANTIS PETS ~ PURCHASE U.S. PET PRAYING MANTIDS VERIFIED PAYPAL MERCHANT STORE SITE Praying mantis food is offered for sale below the praying mantis insect purchase link. Basic care instructions are also posted further down this page. Be sure to purchase the Advanced Mantis Care Guide Ebook for all the information you need to raise legal U.S. Native and established praying mantis insects.Welcome to livemantis.com BUY A LIVE PRAYING MANTIS PET BELOW FIND OUTTHE VALUE OF YOUR COLLECTIBLE COINS! ~ If you have and OLD COINS or MISPRINTED COINS they may be worth quite a bit of money. Even some of the modern coins are gaining value even in circulated condition! If you have old, mis-shaped, misprinted error coins, gold coins, silver coins or any other coin you figure to be rare and collectible, don't put it off CLICK HERE TO LEARN THE VALUE OF OLD AND MODERN U.S. COLLECTIBLE COINS!Click Here to visit an online model ready go with you on an online virtual date now!Currently the U.S. Native praying mantis insects. The praying mantis species available at this time is the U.S. Native Spider Mantis (also known as grizzled mantis or bark mantis) pictured belowThis species is quite easy to raise indoors in a small container or aquarium with a simple screen lid. For those who wish to raise a mantis indoors as a pet or educational study subject. This is a very exotic looking mantis species with lots of eye appeal. Live Delivery and Health of the Praying Mantis is guaranteed! The mantids are well cared for, are well fed prior to shipment and are packaged for comfort and safety during shipping transit$7 SHIPPING AND HANDLING! : Shipping and handling is $7 for all orders. There is no additional shipping fee if you order more than one mantis. Order as many products you want, the shipping and handling remains the same. Free shipping on fruit flies (praying mantis food)BUY PRAYING MANTIS INSECTS BELOW THE FOLLOWING BASIC PRAYING MANTIS CARE INFORMATIONIt is easy to raise a praying mantis! See the following basics on receiving your manits. These are also basic instructions on how to care for your mantis. The Advanced Praying Mantis Care Information Guide is included with each live praying mantis insect purchaseSCROLL DOWN TO BUY A PRAYING MANTIS INSECTBASIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR MANTIS CARE / MANTIS AND CONTAINER PREPARATION UPON DELVIERY (This information pertains to mantids that are purchased from this website. More detailed are included in the Advanced Care Information guide ebook you will receive with your mantis purchase. The little manits will not hurt you in any way. It is most likely that you could hurt the mantis. You should be calm and pay close attention when handling your mantis to protect it. You will learn to work with the mantis and they also work with you. It is amazing how smart they are. They make just as good of a pet as dogs or cats. Mantids are very clean and they make no kind of mess. The mantis will arrive to you in a small shipping container. Donot open the small container until after you have prepared the permanent housing enclosure you have chosen to house the mantis inside. It is best to have everything ready when the mantis arrives. Everything meaning the well ventilated plastic container / screen lid or aquarium / screen lid you have chosen, a band new water only spray mist bottle and plain white non print paper towels. The permanent container should be prepared with at least one round and one flat stick mounted in at a 45 degree angle on which the mantis may perch, although the spend most of the time hanging upside down from the lid. Before placing the mantis into the permanent container, line the floor of the permanent container with a singlelayer of plain white paper towel (white paper towel only, no napkins or tissue) After placing the paper towel onto the container floor, use a spray mistbottle of purified water to spray mist the paper towel with 7 to 10 mists, allow some of the mist to coat the walls of the container. Use only purified water which is room temperature. Press the paper towel flat against the container floor it is time to open the small container and place the mantis into the large container. Notice the small strip of paper towel inside the small shipping container, the mantis will sit on top of it or may be hiding between or under the paper towel strip inside the shipping container.. Open the lid carefully, lift the small paper towel strip out of the small container while holding it over the large container, to transfer the mantis most easily, drop the strip of paper towel, mantis and all into the large container, but do what works best for you if you wish but be careful not to grasp or mash the mantis in any way. Drop the small paper towel strip and the mantis into the container and close the lid (always make sure the mantis is not at the top when you close the lid). Watch your mantis, you will see the mantis stick the face to the paper towel as they drink. Allow them to drink all they want before adding the food or handling the mantis. After the mantis is finished drinking water, add about 4 to 12 fruit flies into the container, your mantis will begin to eat soon. If you use a 32 ounce container, add only 4 or 6 fruit flies at a time once per day or every two days. If you use a larger container such as an aquarium, add about 10 or 12 fruit flies at at time once per day or every two days. Allow your mantis to drink, eat, rest and settle in before you handle the mantis.The following pictures show you a very basic setup for housing this small species of praying mantis. Large containers are not required. As long as the container is the same size or larger than a 32 ounce deli container as shown in the pciture below, it will work just fineThe container for this species can be a 32 ounce deli container, estimated about 6 inches tall and 5 inches around. A thin peice of wood about 6 inches long should be placed into the container at a 45 degree angle as pictured. Mount screen onto the stick. Keep the width of the stick and screen about 1.5 inches wide, no wider. Use screen to secure the wood/screen perch stable inside the container, or hot glue the perch to secure it. Nylon screen seems to work best.Another view of the simple but ideal, nearly perfect container and perch for the spider mantis and other smaller mantis species'Cut out the lid of a deli container and cover with screen using hotglue. It is simple and fun too! If you wish you may use a small aquarium or "critter keeper" from your local pet store. Each mantis must be kept in a seperate container untill it is time for them to mate. Mantids mate when fully mature, which will be about 2 weeks after the mantids develope wings when full grownLIVE PRAYING MANTIS INSECTS FOR SALECurrently AvailableLIVE U.S. NATIVE SPIDER MANTIS PRAYING MANTIS INSECT + THE ONLINE ADVANCED U.S. NATIVE MANTIS CARE GUIDE ~ The exotic looking U.S. Native spider mantis Praying Mantis species has lots of eye appeal. This rare mantis has the legs and body like a spider, the head is like that of a wasp or ant! The eyes buldge out and look really wild! The color of the mantis is black when they are juveniles, the color changes with each skin shed. The adults are silver to solid white with black and purple. They have white, yellow and black bands around the neck when full grown! This is one of the smaller species of mantis which grows to about 2.5 to 3 inches long. The lifespan is about 1 year with proper care. Along with each Praying Mantis you purchase you will receive the online U.S. Native Praying Mantis Care Instruction guide. The guide will teach you all you need to know to raise the mantis for its entire life (about one year) Click the buy now button below to purchase the Live U.S. Native Spider Mantis (also known as grizzled mantis or bark mantis) The price for each mantis is $15 plus $7 shipping and handling. $7 S&H fee, no additional shipping and handling charge no matter how many same species baby praying mantis pets you order! ~ Click on the Buy Now Button link below to purchase. Please indicate the quantity you wish to purchase in the quantity box on the paypal payment page L1 Hatchling G grisea U.S. Native Spider MantisBUY A LIVE PRAYING MANTIS : Spider Mantis / Bark Mantis praying manits insects, $15 each plujs $7 shipping. Free shipping on additonal mantids! ~ Click on the Buy Now button below to send your payment of $15 per mantis plus $7 shipping and handling via Paypal. Shipping cost does not increase when you buy more than one mantis! Mantids are shipped within one week via USPS Priority Mail shipping. A notification is sent upon shipping to let you know when the mantids will arrive.
PRAYING MANTIS FOODThe first food you will need to feed your mantis is the WINGLESS fruit fly species. Hybrid wingless fruit flies can not fly and will not populate in your home. No care needs to be provided for the fruit flies. Fruit flies are self sustaining and require no care on your part. You just keep them at room temperature (about 72 degrees) One culture is enough to feed up to 20 baby mantids for about 4 to 6 weeks! Simply tap about 4 to 12 fruit flies into the mantis container every 2 days or soBUY PRAYING MANTIS FOOD : SMALL WINGLESS MELANOGASTER FRUIT FLIES FREE SHIPPING! ~ Click on the Buy Now button below to send your payment via Paypal. The price per 32 ounce six week supply of small wingless Melanogaster Fruit Flies is $15 FREE USPS Priority Mail shipping! This is the smaller species of fruit fly. These are much more tiny than the flightless. The WINGLESS fruit flies and are needed by mantids. Fruit Flies require no care and are the best food for your baby mantis.
After a few weeks eating the small wingless fruit flies, the mantids will need the larger flightless fruit flies offered below.PRAYING MANTIS FOOD : LARGE FLIGHTLESS D HYDEI FRUIT FLIES FREE SHIPPING! ~ Click on the Buy Now button below to send your payment via Paypal. The price per 32 ounce 4 to 6 week supply of large flightless D Hydei Fruit Flies is $15 FREE USPS Priority Mail shipping! This is the larger fruit fly species. These have wings but can not fly. These are needed for a mantis that has molted once or twice. Fruit Flies require no care and are the best food for your baby mantis. These are also great food for baby frogs and lizards. Pet spiders also readily consume fruit flies!
*Live Delivery guaranteed (*someone must be present to collect the praying mantis upon or shortly after delivery) COLLECTIBLE COIN INFORMATION ~ FREE ONLINE COIN PRICE LIST ~ Coins you have in a drawer of you might find in pocket change may be quite valuable!IF YOU HAVE ANY OLD OR RARE COLLECTIBLE COINS CLICK HERE NOW TO LEARN THE VALUE OF THEM / LEARN TO FIND COINS IN YOUR POCKET CHANGE WHICH MAY BE QUITE VALUABLE! CLICK HERE NOW FOR THE ONLINE COIN PRICING INFORMATION SITEMisprinted coins, old coins, gold coins, 90% silver coins and even some modern normal coins are collectible. Collectors will pay you well for your finds. Be sure to visit the free online coin price list Click Here and visit the free online collectible rare coin information site to learn moreRARE EXOTIC LOOKING U.S. NATIVE BRUNNERIA BOREALIS BRUNNERS STICK MANTISSOLD OUT : This particular U.S. Native mantis species is temporarily sold out. More are expected in June 2007, bookmark and check back at that timeThis is an exotic looking mantis! This species looks like a stick insect, has a yellow and red band down the back of the mantis and grows to 7 inches long! ALL of the specimens of this stick mantis species are fertile females, no males exsist. Females begin to produce oothecae (lay eggs) after the mantis developes the flightless pink/purple wings! These mantids develope pink and purple wings at adulthood. Some have been known to turn solid pink in captivity! The antanea are white with pink tips. Lots of eye appeal! These eat different insects than normal mantids. These mantids are smaller insects than do the common chinese mantis. Each female will produce about 15 to 20 eggs. Eggs from this species sell from $35 to $50 each! Very gentle, friendly, captive bred, Tame Live U.S. Native Praying Mantis (Brunneria Borealis species) This baby L2 exotic looking rare U.S. Native Stick Mantis is an excellent species for those who want a more exotic looking mantis but do not want to import illegal mantids from overseas, this is a U.S. NATIVE mantis, completely legal to own in the United States. The mantis looks like a phasmid (stick insect) but is not a plant eater. Like other mantids, the stick mantis eats live insects. The stick mantis has pink and white antennae! Lots of eye appeal! These are VERY gentle to humans. I have never known a stick mantis to ever bite. I am a mantis hobbyist, I have raised over 100 specimens of this species. They are one of my favorite species of praying mantis insects (second only to the arrow head shaped U.S. Native G Grisea Silver Bark Mantis species which I also raise and will offer here once again in the very near future)U.S. Customers only, no sales to TN or HawaiiALL orders are shipped via USPS Priority Mail unless you choose to upgrade to USPS Express overnight. Orders are sent in the order they are received. Orders will usually be shipped on the following Wednesday after your order. If your order is received after Tuesday, your order will ship the following week. In some rare cases it may be 30 days before your mantis is shipped. If your order is time sensitive please contact me at mantispro@comcast.net to let me know and arrange for a rush delivery to arrive on a specific date. Please do not send email inquiries about orders unless 30 days has passed, other email messages are welcome, but please be patient about order arrival. Just prior to shipment of your order you will receive an email update to let you know when to be home to accept your mantis. Replies to the email notice are welcome.The mantids offered are captive bred, hand raised, established, U.S. native or accepted adventive mantids and are are completely legal to own, 100% legal according to Federal Law USDA/APHIS - no sales to TN or HI - ) The U.S. mantids are endorsed by the USDA as beneficial insects.CARE PROVISIONS FOR THE BRUNNERIA BOREALIS STICK MANTIS ( The largest of all U.S. Native Mantids, this species grows to 7 inches long!Some specific but basic care instructions for the Brunneria Borealis Stick Mantis species : 1. You will need a seperate container in which to house each mantis. This species will need a large container. The best container is an aquarium with a screen lid. While most mantis speices' require smaller containers, this species MUST have an aquarium that is at least 15 inches tall and 15 inches wide in each direction, with a screen lid with one 12 to 15 inch artificial vine mounted at a 45 degree angle will work great. Be sure to add a well anchored artificial vine or two so that you mantis can have the option to perch on them, be careful not to crowd the container, this species needs plenty of space. You will find that mantids actually prefer nylon or rust proof metal screen to a plant and will usually hang upside down from the screen container lid. If you use a plastic container it will need to be a very large one. You must cut a 2 inch vent hole on at least two sides and cover with hot glue and screen to create cross ventilation. Keep paper towels in the floor of the container to prevent puddles from purified water spray mistings. IF you allow the mantis out for a while, you should keep the plant on which the mantis perches on in a confined room to prevent the mantids from straying away and becoming lost in the house somewhere. Make sure there are no small children or pets near the mantis. It is not the child or pet that would be injured, it is the mantis that would be injured, be careful to protect your pet mantis when allowing of the container! Open dishes or containers of liquid should not be present in the room. Hot stoves are a major safety hazard for mantids.2. Food is inexpensive and feeding requires very little effort on your part. The main food for this species of mantis will be hybrid wingless and hybrid flightless fruit flies which are also offered below. You may also feed them feeder roaches, some types of grasshoppers, silkworms, caterpillars, moths and flies. Do not feed mantids ants or spiders or any other stinging insect. The size of the feeder insect should be smaller than the mantis. A one inch mantis will eat 1/8 to 1/4 inch insects according to the bulk and strength of the specimen. (SMALL Hybrid Wingless fruit flies will be the first staple food for this species. After the mantis molts once while in your care, the mantis will graduate to larger fruit flies. After two molts, continue the large fruit flies and supplement with houseflies, moths, caterpillars and other safe insects. You must make sure that wild collected insects have not been collected in an area where pesticide has been sprayed. A constant supply of mantis food is offered further down this page. Hybrid wingless fruit flies can not populate in your home. Both wingless and flightless fruit flies are purchased in a self sustaining culture that produces hundreds of tiny fruit flies for about 3-4 weeks. No care is required for fruit flies other than to be kept in the container at room temperature. No feeding or watering is required for fruit flies. You will need to place about 7 fruit flies at a time into the container, once the mantis eats those and one or two are left over, add 7 more. Add about 7 fruit flies every one to two days as needed while the mantis is in active growth phase. After one molt, the mantis will need the larger D Hydei flightless fruit flies. After two molts, very tiny 1/8 inch crickets can be offered to the mantis, but only on a limited basis. Cricks should only be offered to the mantis for a certain amount of time after each molt (skin shed) Start offering crickets (1/8 inch size) 48 hours after you see the spent exoskeleton (old shedded skin) in the container hanging from the lid, on the perch or on the container floor. Feed crickets to the mantis for about 8 days after the molt, then stop feeding crickets and switch back to fruit flies, supplement with silkworms, small moths, houseflies and other small sized insects. The mantis will completely stop eating prior to a molt, at that time do not remove the mantis from the container untill 48 hours after the molt is complete. Then start the cycle again (a combination of slightly larger crickets and the large fruit flies for about 8 days after the molt, then fruit flies only or fruit flies supplemented with small moth, caterpillars, houseflies and other soft bodied non stinging, non biting, no poisonous insects) It is easier than it seems to raise a mantis. If you buy a mantis, care information is provided via email, questions are welcome3. Water : A brand new never before used spray mist bottle will be needed. You should barely spray mist the inside of the container with 3 or 4 even mists once every 3 to 4 days. Do not keep the container absolutely wet! A single layer of plain white paper towel should be place on the floor of the container to prevent puddles of water. Never allow puddles as they will drown the feeder insects. The paper towel prevents puddles and serves as a substrate to make cleaning the container alot easier. Containers should be cleaned once every one to two weeks as needed. Mantids are very clean, they do not create much if any waste, but they do sometimes drop parts of a meal when they are full. Remember, you must be careful when feeding mantids crickets. Feed one crick at a time, make sure the mantis is eating them. If the mantis eats the cricket, offer another and watch to make sure the mantis captures the crick. If the mantis refuses the first cricket, observe as time allows, when you must leave and the mantis will be unsupervised, remove the cricket as the mantis may be in molt phase. If the mantis refuses a cricket 2-3 days in a row, stop offering crickets as the mantis may about to shed skin which means that the mantis is in molt phase. Crickets can injure or kill a mantis in molt phase. You may place crickets into the container again 48 hours after you find the spent exoskeleton (old skin) hanging from the lid, on the perch or in the container floor. Mantids eat alot just after a molt, you can place 2 - 3 cricks at a time and leave them in between feedings for about 8 days after a skin shed, then start supervised feeding again and remove crickets when you can not be present. Mantids will eat about 3 crickets per day during active growth phase. When you do notice the mantis is not eating for more than 2 or 3 days, stop feeding and do not remove the mantis from the container untill 48 hours after the skin shed. Keep the container very still during the molt phase.You can wild collect food insects if you wish, but you must quarantine wild collected food insects for about 6 hours to make sure they have not been exposed to pesticides. After six hours, all is well and you may feed them to the mantis. It is best to buy a small number of crickets from your local pet store so you always have a constant supply of food for your mantis. Call your local pet store to check and make sure they have crickets. You will need 1/8 inch crickets after the mantis molts twice in your care. It is best to also supply other small soft bodied insects for your mantis along with the main food. Main foods are hybrid wingless fruit flies for baby mantids and crickets for older manitds. This species of mantis will molt about 7 times, then it will be a fully mature adult mantis. She will begin to lay eggs about 2 weeks after she developes her pink/purple flightless wings. Remember, not only are you getting a very nice pet, the oothecae (eggs) are worth about $50 to $75 each!Paypal or credit card payments via Paypal accepted.Paypal accepted. Shipping and handling is $18.80 for overnight USPS Express mail, with no additional shipping and handling fee no matter how many mantids you purchase..Adult Brunners Stick Mantis (Brunneria Borealis) L3 B Borealis Stick MantisClick on the Buy Now button below to send your payment of $35 plus $18.80 Express Overnight shipping via Paypal secure server (Paypal is owned by Ebay) Credit Card payments via Paypal and Paypal funds payments are accepted. Mantids are shipped within business days after your payment. You are notified via email prior to shipment to arrange an exact delivery date. You must be presnet to accept the mantis upon arrival. LIVE DELIVERY IS GUARANTEEDSTICK MANTIDS ARE SOLD OUT UNTILL JUNE 2007L2 to L3 Brunneria Borealis / Brunner's Stick Mantis, $35 plus $18.80 USPS Express Mail shippingPRAYING MANTIS FOODADVANCED MANTIS CARE GUIDE EBOOK ~ Filled with high quality color images and 14 sections of text covering mantis care, what to feed, when to feed, when not to feed, watering, breeding, mantis egg care, mantis egg incubation and hatching, how to control the rate of growth, temperature, humidity and more.... Click on the buy it now button below to purchase the Praying Mantis Care instructions ebook. There is no shipping fee as the content is posted online for you to view and print (you may print for your own personal use, no sale of copies of the mantis guide is allowed). The mantis guide will teach you all you need to know to raise and breed U.S. native and established praying mantis insects. The Advanced Mantis Care Guide is $20 with no shipping fee. Click on the buy now button below to purchase the mantis care guide
U.S. NATIVE COLOR CHANGING PRAYING MANTIS INSECTS FOR SALE BELOWThe images above are of various specimens of the U.S. Native Color Changing species, the mantids offered for sale below. The mantids pictured are L3 (have shed twice since hatching) after the mantids have molted 2 times and changed colors. The mantids you will receive will be green or black, L1 or L2 baby mantids. The future color of your mantis will depend on both genetic and environmental factors. Currently Available : L1 - L2 baby Color Changing Praying Mantis pets are now available below the mantis care guide ebook purcashe linkCOLOR OF THE MANTIDS YOU WILL RECEIVE ~ Many of the Praying mantids in the mantis breeding culture are turning out to be an unusual colors, neon green, mint green, tan, black, turquoise, orange, grey, gold and skyblue with a purple tint and yellow on the tips of the raptorial forelegs. The color of the mantids when you receive them will most likely be a very nice green, the color will change with molts (skin sheds). There are many variations of color and pattern, some of the mantids turn out to be a mix of two or three colors! Keeping the mantids in 60% humidity in an artificial environment (on white and transparent surfaces, in a clear container with no green plants) seems to bring out the exotic colors!Live Praying Mantis insects delivered to you all seasons of the year! We ship in Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall! Live Delivery of your Praying Mantis insects Guaranteed!BUY A PRAYING MANTIS ~ SCROLL DOWN TO PURCHASE A LIVE PRAYING MANTIS AND PRAYING MANTIS FOODThe praying mantis species' offered here are legal to own in the United States (unlike the mantids offered on some other sites) No heat mats or heat lamps are required, no plants are needed. Raising a mantis is pretty simple. Praying mantids are harmless to humans. In fact, they are very friendly to humans when raised in captivity. Mantids are non poisonous, they do not bite humans unless a human injures or teases one! All of the mantids offered on this site are very friendly captive bred TAME mantids! Scroll down to buy a praying mantis, you may also wish to visit the praying mantis image. Scroll dup to purchaseFIND OUTTHE VALUE OF YOUR COLLECTIBLE COINS! ~ If you have and OLD COINS or MISPRINTED COINS they may be worth quite a bit of money. Even some of the modern coins are gaining value even in circulated condition! If you have old, mis-shaped, misprinted error coins, gold coins, silver coins or any other coin you figure to be rare and collectible, don't put it off CLICK HERE TO LEARN THE VALUE OF OLD AND MODERN U.S. COLLECTIBLE COINS!ADVANCED MANTIS CARE GUIDE EBOOK ~ Filled with high quality color images and 14 sections of text covering mantis care, what to feed, when to feed, when not to feed, watering, breeding, mantis egg care, mantis egg incubation and hatching, how to control the rate of growth, temperature, humidity and more.... Click on the buy it now button below to purchase the Praying Mantis Care instructions ebook. There is no shipping fee as the content is posted online for you to view and print (you may print for your own personal use, no sale of copies of the mantis guide is allowed). The mantis guide will teach you all you need to know to raise and breed U.S. native and established praying mantis insects. The Advanced Mantis Care Guide is $20 with no shipping fee. Click on the buy now button below to purchase the mantis care guideCOLOR CHANGING MANTIDS ARE SOLD OUT UNTILL NOVEMBER 2006

Friday, November 10, 2006

Parasphendale Agrionina, Affinis(Bud Winged Mantis)

The Parasphendale, a beautiful, mottled mantis, growing to very fat adults. Females only possess small bud wings, which where their name comes from.

Looks

One of the only species to posses only bud wings as adult, the Parasphendale is a wonderful looking species, with large pink eyes. Males will sprout fully-grown wings as adult, growing just over the end of their abdomen; females however will grow just small wing buds as adult. They only really come in a standard mottled colour, with brown, white, beige, and black covering their body and wings. When threatened, they will reveal splendid colours on the forearms, and hold them out beside their head in a way that will scare predators. Adults will raise their wings, to reveal red and orange colours, again to try and warn off predators. Females can reach up to 8cm in length, whilst males remain at around 4-5cm, and this is the easiest way of determining sex. It can also be done by using the usual method, 8 segments for the male, and 6 or 7 for the female.

Humidity and Temperature

Being a beginner species, the Parasphendale does not need any special conditions for its existence in captivity. They will live happily at room temperature (20-25c), and are able to live their whole lives at this temperature. However, if you wish to speed up growth, and increase the metabolism, then warmer temperatures of around 30c will be needed. High humidity is not required. Although, as young, spraying 2-3 times a week will help to overcome any problems with shedding of skin. As larger nymphs, when the wing buds start to swell, or any other signs of shedding approach, it will suffice to spray the mantis at that point. Again, this will help overcome any problems with skin shedding.

Housing and Enclosure

A fairly large enclosure will be needed for specimens of L6/7 upwards. Being a fairly long mantis, there must be enough height for successful skin shedding. Failure to do this can result in the mantis becoming entangled in its skin, and crippling the mantis. The Parasphendale are a species that like to hunt, so this can be satisfied again, by using a large enclosure. Put leaves and twigs in the tank to stimulate its natural habitat, but also to add interest to make it appealing to the eye. There must be a suitable surface for the mantis to grip on to, such as a mesh or net lid. The Parasphendale is a very ferocious eater, and will consume nearly any food that will pass it. Because of this, you must limit the amount given to them as there have been cases where they have eaten to death. Standard live food such as crickets, locusts, wax worms and mealworms are good, however, the diet must be varied. Flies, wasps, bees, moths, and any other flying insect found outside will be much appreciated, and will be naturally gut-loaded. By offering a varied diet, you will notice that each specimen will be much larger, and will produce a much larger, more fertile ootheca. Do be careful when offering prey, making sure that it will not be to large for the mantis to catch, or consume. There have been many accounts of live food eating the mantis, so any food which ash not been consumed within a day or so, should be removed. Ootheca can hatch up to 150 nymphs, all emerging at once. These are very easy to look after, and will live happily in a ventilated mesh enclosure. After 2-3 days, the nymphs will readily feed on fruit flies (Drosophila sp.) and pin head crickets. Cannibalism will set in at a very early stage, sometimes at L2. When this starts to happen, separate when you have a desired amount left for culture.

Summary

The Bug Winged Mantis is a lovely species, and not only an easy species to keep, but a very pretty one to. One of the easiest species to breed, and ootheca are very easy to hatch. Females have one of the most ferocious natures of any mantis, and can be very entertaining to watch feed, and hunt down prey.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Here is a post off my site, http://insectstore.com/praying_mantis_breeding_guidelines.php

Breeding guidelines

As a general rule, 2-3 weeks after their final moult, your mantis will be ready to mate. Different breeders have different preferences, some wait up to 4, or even 5 weeks before intorducing the male and female, but 2-3 weeks works well. Breeding can be carried out either in an enclosure, or out the encolsure; I find out of the enclosure much easier. You will have much more control over the mantids, and will increase chances of being able to separate the 2 if the female turns on the male. The female must be well fed, so she will be less inclined to munch on the male, before, during or after mating. The best thing to place the 2 on before mating, is a house plant. Place the female near the top of the plant, so she hasn't got far to crawl away, and above the female so she will be in prime view. Place the make around 5 ot 6 inces behind the female, this will give him enough space and comfort to sit, but at the same time a short enough distance to be drawn in by the female. After about a minute, the male will usually gain interest in the female, and his antennae will start twitching. He will slowly crawl up towards the female, and hop onto her back. When this occurs, just leave the 2, and the mating process will take place. You will notice the male bending his abdomen around to connect with the female. You must make sure that at some point the male and female do connect, which usually implies the spermatophore (male sperm sack) has been transferred. They can spend up to 24 hours mating, although sometimes longer. Leave them for as long as they desire; interrupting the mating process can end in an unferilised female. When the pair have finished, the male will usually hop off to another part of the plant, or fly around the room for a few minutes, and settle in another spot. The female is now fertile, and will start producing ootheca in around 2 weeks, sometimes less.

Troubleshooting when mating:

> The male is not interested in the female, what do I do?


Sometimes, the male will be a little hesitant to mate. The mating process isn't always instant, and may take them up to 2 days or more to engage in eachother, and for the male to gain interest in the female. The female must be of an appropriate age before the male will mate. At around 3 weeks, she will starts relseaing pheramones (chemicals) which attracts the male to mate. If she has not yet started relseaing these, the male may not show interest in her. Slightly nudging or gently blowing the female to make her move slightly can also grab the males attnetion, if there is other movmenet in the room distracting him.


> The male has hopped on the female the wrong way round, is this bad?


This is quite a common occurance when mating, for the male to get overly excitied, and hop on back to front. Ususally he will right himself, and twist back around, but sometimes this can irritate the female, and she will try to strike at him. What one can do, is using a pencil, or another thin object, help to nudge the male into the correct position for mating.


> The male is on the females back, but they are not mating. Will she still be fertile?


The answer to this, is no. Unless the male connects to the female, she will no be fertile after mating. Sometimes the male will sit for long periods of time on the females back without connecting his abdomen to hers. Again, this is quite common when mating, and usually if the pair are left, they will eventually connect. If not, then this can mean that the male is not quite ready for mating. Leave it about a week, and try mating the pair again.


> My mantis has produced an ootheca, but the female was not mated. Will it hatch?


Depending on the species, no the ootheca will not hatch. There are a couple of species which are parthenogenetic, so they will produce fertile ootheca without mating. The only known species kept in captivity that can produce ootheca this way is the Brunerria species. Otherwise, any other species, infertile ootheca will not hatch.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Insectstore.com

To start it off, I thought I would just mention my website, www.insectstore.com. I setup this website in October 2005, in the aim to create a base for my gorwing sales of praying mantids. Not only did I want to display my mantid sales on here, but use the website space to display information on keeping different species of praying mantis.

Sooo, the story goes my sales have gradually increased, and I am always updating my website with more content, and lots more still to come. So, if you are into praying mantids, or on that note, insects in general, you should pay a visit to my website, and check out what I have for sale.

I can say that I do usually have praying mantids for sale, however sometimes I am a little low on stock...as remember, I do this as a hobby, not a job! Here are some species that you might expect to see in captivity:



Acanthops Falcata - Tropical Dead Leaf

Acanthops Fuscifolia - Tropical Dead Leaf

Acanthops Tuberculata - Tropical Dead Leaf

Acromantis Sp. - Boxer Mantis

Ameles Decolor

Ameles Spallanzania

Blepharopsis Mendica - Devils Flower Mantis

Brunneria Sp. - Stick Mantis

Bruniella Borealis - Stick Mantis

Camelomantis Sondaica

Ceratomantis Sp.

Choeradodis Rhombicollis - Tropical Shield Mantis

Choeradodis Stallii - Tropical Shield Mantis

Cilnia Humeralis

Creobroter Meleagris - Indian Flower Mantis

Crebroter Gemmatus - Indian Flower Mantis

Creobroter Pictipennis - Indian Flower Mantis

Creobroter Elongata - Indian Flower Mantis

Deroplatys Dessicata - Dead Leaf Mantis

Deroplatys Horrificata - Dead Leaf Mantis

Deroplatys Lobata - Dead Leaf Mantis

Deroplatys Truncata - Dead Leaf Mantis

Empusa Fasciata

Empusa Pennata

Eremiaphila Zetterstedti

Euchomenella Heteroptera - Twig Mantis

Gongylus Gongylodes - Indian Rose/Violin Mantis

Heterochaeta Strachani

Hierodula Grandis - Giant Asian Mantis

Hierodula Membranacea - Giant Indian Mantis

Hoplocorypha spec

Hierodula Patellifera - Indo Pacific Mantis

Humbertiella Sp.

Hymenopus Coronatus - Orchid Mantis

Idolomantis Diabolica - Giant Devils Flower Mantis

Idolomorpha Madagascariensis

Iris Oratoria

Macromantis Hyalina

Mantis Religiosa - European Mantis

Miomantis Paykuluii - Egyptian Mantis

Miomantis Abysinica - Egyptian Mantis

Odontomantis Sp. - Ant Mantis

Orthodera Novaezealandiae - New Zealand Mantis

Otomantis Sp.

Oxyopsis Gracilis - Peruvian Mantis

Oxyopsis Peruviana - Peruvian Mantis

Oxyothespis Dumonti

Parasphendale Agrionina - Bud Winged Mantis

Partoxodera sp. - Giant Malaysian Stick Mantis

Phylocrania Paradoxa - Ghost Mantis

Plistospilota Guineensis

Polyspilota Sp.

Popa Spurca Crassa - Twig Mantis

Pseudocreobotra Ocellata - Spiny Flower Mantis

Pseudocreobotra Wahlbergii - Spiny Flower Mantis

Rhombodera Basalis - Giant Shield Mantis

Rhombodera Extensicollis - Giant Shield Mantis

Rhomodera Megaera - Giant Shield Mantis

Sphodromantis Balachowskyi - African Mantis

Sphodromantis Lineola - African Mantis

Sphodromantis Rubrastigmata - African Mantis

Sphodromantis Centralis- African Mantis

Stagmatoptera Hyaloptera

Stagmomantis Californicata - Carolina Mantis

Stagmomantis Carolina - Carolina Mantis

Stagmomantis Limbata - Carolina Mantis

Sybilla Pretiosa

Tamolanica tamolana

Tarachodes Afzelii

Tarachodula pantherina

Theopropus Elegans

Tisma Freyi

Taumantis Sigiana - Lime Green Mantis

Taumantis Hermanii - Lime Green Mantis

Tenodera Aridifolia Sinensis - Chinese Mantis




A fair few, huh? So, why don't you checkout some of my links:

www.insectstore.com - Homepage
www.insectstore.com/idolomantis.php - Idolomantis Diabolica (Devils flower mantis) care sheet
www.insectstore.com/parasphendale.php - Parasphendale (Bud winged mantis) care sheet
www.insectstore.com/sybilla.php - Sybilla pretiosa (Cryptic mantis) care sheet
www.insectstore.com/tenodera.php - Tenodera Aridifolia Sinensis (Chinese mantis) care sheet
www.insectstore.com/deroplatys.php - Deroplatys Lobata (Dead leaf mantis) care sheet
www.insectstore.com/creobroter.php - Creobroter Gemmatus (Indian flower mantis) care sheet
www.insectstore.com/hymenopus.php - Hymenopus Coronatus (Orchid mantis) care sheet
www.insectstore.com/gongylus.php - Gongylus Gonyloides (Indian rose mantis) care sheet
www.insectstore.com/blepharopsis.php Blepharopsis Mendica (Thistle mantis) care sheet

Well, that is about it. Here are some other sponsored links: