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I received some oothecae of this species from Poland. I am keen to find out the differences between the gemmatus and pictipennis
species as adult. Recently, one of the oothecae hatched, but only about 8 nymphs emerged. Hopefully some will grow into adult.
First molt took witnessed today. This species still look very much like C. gemmatus at this stage.
With all the other species around me i have lost count on the molting number. They might have molted two more times after that, but
still feeding on fruit flies.
After plenty of wild fruit flies provided, some have molted for another 2 times. I lost one nymph and currently left with 7. Still can't tell the
differences between C. gemmatus and C. pictipennis right now. But I am keeping them the same condition so far.
I haven't had a chance to take a pic of this species yet, they are at least L4 by now, still feeding on small house flies and doing fine. I
keep them the same condition with C. gemmatus which is 85F/60%.
10-22-08: One more molt and they are now all at L5. I am down to only 5 of this species but they are looking fine. They have also
graduated into feeding house flies now. I hope to find time photographing and sexing them soon.
11-02-08: I have few subadult now, looking forward to see the adult soon. Another species that do well and expected to mature in 2
months since hatchling when being kept at 85F/60% and well fed. Similar to C. gemmatus, this species is quite skittish. The only
difference right now between C. gemmatus and C. pictipennis is that the pronotum (shield) of the former has certain brown color while
the later is always green.
12-03-08: I have many adult pairs maturing recently. They are easily panic which is pretty annoying as I have trouble photo shooting
them. Molting rate been 100% successful which is a relief.
(3/19/09) This is the larger species (compared to C. gemmatus) and many pairs managed to mate in as little as 5-7 days after molting
into adult. Despite being larger, the ootheca size is pretty much similar to C. gemmatus but the hatchling of this species is larger than
the hatchling of C. gemmatus. I am incubating the oothecae in similar condition to C. gemmatus oothecae. Hatching rate ranges
between 20-40 nymphs I have some oothecae with higher than average hatching rate but have not seen one reach 100 nymphs.
Currently I have some large nymphs of this species close to adult. It doesn’t take them very long to mature when food source are
7-24-09 : Apparently, this appear to be of Creobroter elongata after an expert comments and reviewing the keys. This mantis (both
male and female) has wing beyond the tip of abdomen when adult. The dark green color wing appear to be consistent compares to
the relatives C. gemmatus. I finally get rid of them before my trip to a whole seller in California. This is the last update for this species.