India unicorn boxer mantis log
(
Hestiasula brunneriana)
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(9-23-08)
This is a new species traded from Germany. It is a small species with huge shielded femur. Female has “horn” while male has a
small “bump” on the head. This species is originally from Goa, India which is a town near the sea with tropical climate. So this
species must have been accustomed to high humidity (>70%) and hot weather (30C).

The hatchling of this species is very small; smaller than the size of large fruit flies (D. hydei). However, the little nymphs are
capable of handling the smaller fruit flies (D. melanogaster) which is as big as the nymph itself. The hatchling move very fast and
are quite jumpy too.
(9-27-08)
This batch of
H. brunneriana appear to be heatlhy and very robust. I mist them daily to keep the humidity up and witnessed some
hatchling drinking the water droplet. Their abdomen are now fat and big, some as big as the shield femur which was so big when
it hatched that the front leg can sometimes be as big as the entire body. Can't wait to see the first molt.
9-30-08: First molt noticed! This batch looks healthy and strong for me, out of the near hundred nymphs, only one casualty so far.
They are so many I couldn’t find how the lone L2 located. I am sure more L2 will follow soon.
10-07-08: Received some fresh adult from Germany. AFter feeding the adults, i let the pair together and male wasted little time
and climb on to female's back. Mating took place just moment later. As far as I know the pair is only 10 days old as adult.
10-12-08: The first ootheca was deposited this morning. Looking forward to see another generation soon.
10-18-08: In less than a week the same female deposit another ootheca. I suspect this is another breeding machine!! Lets hope
the first ootheca will hatch out fine. Still feeding them lot of flies and occasionally moths.
10-22-08: I have decided to get rid of all the oothecae for this species for now. Both are still feeding alright and have produced 4
oothecae so far. I still let the male mating up with other females once a while and so far all the females been able to cooperate
without killing the male. This species are capable of producing lot of oothecae providing food are plenty.
11-02-08: Managed to distribute most of the older stage nymphs so i am left with about 2 dozen of nymphs left. Just a week ago i
still keep them together in a small containers and was impressed with how they are able to tolerate each other at close distance.
They will snap up flies as big as themselves but will not pick up their own sibling a size smaller. However, few days ago i finally
witnessed cannibalism as my house fly supply went too low. One of the female lost her abdomen but was still alive ans straggled
to "stand up". I freezed her immediately. Soon i also noticed I lost both adult males. One was being eaten by a female and the
other one is dead from no reason? However, both adult female are still laying oothecae when well fed.
12-03-08: Adult female of this species can multiple deposit ootheca in short period of time. Despite of me sending out oothecae
often some still managed to hatch. Hatching rate is between 15-40 nymphs so far. I am a little swarm by this species right now.
(3/19/09) From between my last update to now this species manage to develop a full cycle now I have new generation with
oothecae hatching left and right for me. Soon this species will be comparable to Pseudoharpax virescens which is breeding like
rabbits!  I am keeping them around 90F/60% with daily misting (my bugroom is dry due to heater) and they have been doing very
well. Adult specimen seldom eat each other when keep together with plenty of food. I have an experiment pair in a 32 oz plastic
container for 3 months and the male still alive and mating with the female frequently. The hatchling were fed wild fruit flies in the
net cage and my second generation are doing well. It is amazing this species was nowhere in sight back in 2007 but now they are
everywhere!
7/4/09 This is an amazing species. I left a group of about dozen of male and female in the cage, threw in bunch of food before I left
for my vacation. I seriously never expect any of them to survive after 5 weeks. But lo and behold, there were still 3 adult females
alive when I got home. A week later, couple of oothecae hatched but the surviving females were down to only 1. Currently i am
keeping a group of about 20 nymphs at L4. I will put minimum care on them, if they do survive another generation together without
being separated and after all the cannibalism kicks in, i have to rank this species as hardy as Gambian spotted eye flower mantis.
The update curtails here.