Asian flower mantis log
Creobroter gemmatus)
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The first batch grows up quickly, it is now about a month from hatching and some have molted 4 times. They are now able to handle
house fly.
First molt took place about 10 days after hatching. All the nymphs molt about the same time. I continue to keep them at 85F/60% and
mist them once every other day. I am feeding them some turkish glider (D. melanogaster that glides).
I traded some mantis for few oothecae of this species. I received the oothecae on August 11th. I kept the oothecae at around 85F/60%.
The first oothecae hatched out few days ago; about 25-30 nymphs emerged. I was told these were the last few oothecae from the
female so I wasn’t expecting more than that. Usually, the ootheca of this species (normal size) yields around 50 nymphs. They have
sharp pointy eye at L1 and is orange/red in color.
Most of the nymphs have reached subadult stage. In fact a male has matured into adult! They show sign of nervousness whenever i
approach the cage. A timid species instead.
(10-12-08) The first adult female didn't take too long to appear in the net cages. I counted three so far, and at least another 4 or 5 adult
male. So far all molted alright. This batch appear to be very timid and will run away like crazy whenever i approach the cage. In two
weeks i will try to pair them up. So again it took two months for me to raise them from hatchling to adult.
(10-18-08) All the nymphs have "graduated" into adult stage, for some reason they are very skittish, either genders. I don't see mating a
pair possible in short future. I keep all the male together while separate females into individual 32 oz containers.
10-22-08: I have decided to introduce my female into of the cage with three adult males. Males appear to be wary of her presence at
first but about 30 minutes later I saw a male climb on her and mating followed shortly. When I return from work the female has been
separated from the male so I remove the female and leave her into her own “cell”. Hope to see her laying some oothecae in the future
(fertile one!)
10-26-08: The first and second mated females have decided to produce an ootheca each. I have the third female mated too. Currently i
have the fourth female inside the cage with the rest of the males.
11-02-08: All 6 adult female have been mated by now and some have already deposited the second ootheca. So far none of the male
been eaten during mating. I am leaving the first female in the cage again. Surprisingly none of the male show interest for her, unlike
those virgin adult female where she will soon be found with another male on her back. Maybe the male sensed that she has been
mated before and wouldn't risk their life for it. So the 1st female has been in the cage for 2 days and i have yet to see any mating. By the
way, the C. gemmatus i traded from Thailand hatched recently. The female appear to be very small at around 3 or 3.5 cm and wings on
female hardly reach the tip of the abdomen with lighter wing colors compare to C. elongata.
12-02-08: Many oothecae have been produced and I have new generation hatching out recently. I will be getting rid of some and hope
to keep some for next generation. This species is nice species for beginner although they are a little too nervous when approach and
get panic easily.
(3/19/09) The new generation grows up quickly with only flies and able to produce load of oothecae. Each female must have produced
at least 8-12 oothecae through out her life span. Some oothecae have hatching rate reaching 100 nymphs which is amazing based on
the small size (C. pictipennis appear larger). I kept the oothecae around 85F/60% and mist once every other day. Currently I have
hundreds if not thousands of hatchling to 3rd instar.
7/24/09: This species appear to breed like rabbits. FInally I get rid all of them to a wholeseller in California before my trip. I have
decided to keep only one Creobroter species currently and this is not the species. So here is the last update for this species.