Indo-china mantis
Hierodula patellifera)
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This is another species from my close buddy Bro. Luke from Taiwan. Few years back I received some oothecae of this species (also
from Taiwan) but sold all the nymphs away. I am planning to keep some of them this time. As far as I can remember, those hatchlings
of this species are very active and move around very fast. It is always a challenge moving all the hatchling into a larger net cage. I
should be getting the ootheca in a week hopefully.  
The ootheca arrived on 09-08-08 and I promptly incubate the ootheca around 85F/60%. After few days, the ootheca hatched out
hundred of nymphs. I was thinking to glue the ootheca into the large net cage but couldn’t remember to do it, so now I have to chase
around the little nymphs (all those little Usain Bolt!!) and putting back into the net cage. It was quite an effort! Do I ever learn!!!! I feed
these wild fruit flies, which is probably the best food source when feeding mantis in a large enclosure. I just put a cup of honey water
and the fruit flies will last for a good week, but most couldn’t last for more than a day as this species is always hungary!!
The first molt happened in just 5 days! Guess gobbling up food makes them grow faster. I did not increase the temperature, which
remain at around 85F.
The second molt witnessed on some nymphs. This species feed ferociously and grow (molt) with plenty of food. The mantis is still
light green in color.
9-30-08: This species never stop feeding and molting. Almost all have molted into L3 by now. At this rate, I should see adult specimen
before Thanks Giving!
10-07-08 Continue eating like pig and some have molted into L4. When come to feeding this species, it seems like pouring rock into a
well with no bottom. It is a black hole!!
10-12-08: Some has molted into L5 and starting to eat each other whenever the food supply ran low. One of my food supply
accidentally shipped to NY so i was without food for this group and cannibalism take place soon. Luckily the Chuck was able to
replenish the flies and thus save more mantis from being eaten by their siblings. Geshh this species is cruel when food is scarce.
10-22-08: Lot of them molted into larger nymphs an dit is definitely crowded inside a net cage, not a good sign for this aggressive
species! So I have decided to split them into two separate net cages just to increase the distance between each other. Trust me this
species wouldn’t mind striking their sibling for a snack! i would say a good portion of my flies end up into the cages for this species.
11-02-08: I lost word in describing how greedy this species can get. The food consumption increases with size too!! Luckily mantis is
not like human being or the parents will have to literary losing an arm or leg to raise them into adult!
12-03-08: I have sent out many and down to about few pairs of subadult, something manageable finally…phew! Their appetite reduced
tremendously at subadult stage, but the weather been cooling down so my observation is that the amount of food intake for this
species is highly related to temperature.
(3/19/09) This ever hungry species have mated and produced several oothecae. I have sent several adult pairs to a friend in UK and
couple to my here. As far as I know the first ootheca hatched out and it took a good several days to “complete” hatching. I received
another wild collected ooth of this species from Taiwan. It was infested with parasitic wasp. I was thinking to throw the ootheca one
day but lo and behold about 20 hatched out. This must be a resilient/hardy species. I am looking to send them away and drop this
species for now.