Life cycle of Mantis Species from Resaca de la Palma State Parks
(Part 7)
The newly hatched S. carolina nymphs appeared normal in size, typical of newly born S. carolina nymphs, despite the smaller than
normal adult female size for this species. From Figure 2.5-3, the first instar nymph was about 8 mm long. All specimens were fed
equal amounts of food and also subjected to similar environmental conditions such as temperature, light intensity, surrounding color,
humidity level, etc.

The following table displays the size of each mantis after consecutive molts from hatchling to adult

                                                                                         Table 2.5-1: Mantis Growth
Nymphs
Size [1] (mm)
Date
1st instar
2nd instar
3rd instar
4th instar
5th instar        
6th instar
7th instar
Adult
1RS1
8
12-07-10
11
12-20-10
17
12-30-10
20
01-13-11
23
01-27-11
29
02-11-11
37
02-24-11
43
03-12-11
1RS2
8
12-07-10
11
12-20-10
17
12-31-10
20
01-13-11
23
01-26-11
29
02-11-11
X [3]
02-25-11
NA
1RS3
8
12-07-10
11
12-21-10
16
01-02-10
19
01-13-11
22
01-27-11
27
02-11-11
30
02-20-11
44
03-03-11
1RS4
8
12-07-10
11
12-21-10
16
01-02-10
19
01-14-11
23
01-29-11
29
02-13-11
36
02-26-11
42
03-12-11
1RS5
8
12-07-10
11
12-21-10
15
01-01-10
19
01-14-11
21
01-30-11
X [2]
02-20-11
NA
NA
Notes:
1.        Measured from head to tip of abdomen.
2.        Nymph died after adhering to honey while molting.
3.        Nymph died from mismolt.

The following are photos of the nymphs and molts throughout their entire growth cycle, randomly picked from the five nymphs in
captivity.
Figure 2.5-2: Hatched ootheca
Figure 2.5-3: First instar
Figure 2.5-4: 1st molt
Figure 2.5-5: 2nd instar
Figure 2.5-6: 2nd molt
Figure 2. 5-7: 3rd instar
Figure 2.5-8: 3rd instar
Figure 2.5-9: 3rd molt
Figure 2.5-10: 4th instar
Figure 2.5-11: 4th instar
More pictures of mantis at different stages on next post.
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