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(7-13-2007) All oothecae hatching left and right after only 35 days and 85F/60%. Hatching rate is pretty good for the first 3
oothecae with 50-60 nymphs, but few oothecae starts to have sign of declining in hatching rate, some went down to as low as 15
nymphs per ooth.
(7-19-2007) Another ootheca hatched out, it must have been ootheca number 12th or something. The oldest first generation are
already at L4! As usual, they feed ferociously, but yet no cannibalism observed.
(8-5-2007) My new generation has grown into L5, i have hundreds of them and they are feeding on house fly already.
(8-15-2007) More ootheca still hatching out, although hatching rate drop to half but it is amazing that female adult can continue to
produce like crazy, some have produced more than 12 ooth, they are definately long living species, i wihed male can live as long
as female.
(8-18-2007) The first batch are being kept together and fed lots of house flies, but they always seems to finish all the flies in a day,
quite an appetite!! They are still communal as can be eventhough it is cramp in the net cage. They are growing fast into L6 now, i
am thinking if i should continue them for another generation or not.
(8-25-2007) Time flies and before i know the new generation has reached subadult stage, here is one of my subadult male. They
still look amazing as their parents! i think another 2-3 week i will see adult from my first generation.
(9-15-2007) First adult male on the first generation emerged!! i still have hundreds of them although hundreds been sold. The
breeding stock females are all still doing great and putting oothecae. However, they are no longer viable, i am getting very few
hatchling nowadays.
(10-04-2007) Both genders of Texas unicorn matured into adult, i am not going to keep too many of this species now as i will
spend more time to breed another native unicorn species (Arizona unicorn). Recently, few of my original breeding stock adult
females finally collapse after 9 months (From hatchling) but some still going strong. Anyway, i found this dead female with
hatchling on the same cage.
(10-14-2007) The mated female from the first generation just produced her first ootheca, I am expecting the second generation to
hatch out in about a month time.
(10-21-2007) Amazingly, the first generation ootheca is still hatching, so i am going to start selling ootheca from the second
generation still. I am so sure i will be done with this species after this generation. I wanted to spend my effort more on the Arizona
unicorn mantis now.
(11-04-2007) I have finally sold out all the first generation nymphs. I am only keeping 3 mated adult female and will not continue to
breed them again in near future. This species has finally becoming common in the country, and probably through out the world
now.
(12-02-2007) The three mated female is feeding well and continue to lay otheca. The first ootheca sent to Norway had hatched
out around 50 nymphs so i am pleased that the fertility of this first generation is alright despite of inbreeding. One of the female
has produced 6th ooth!
(12-16-2007) Females start to show sign of wearing after producing many ooth. I am feeding the female less now as they don't
show too much interest on food nowadays, but that really hasn't slow down their ooth production.
(12-24-2007) While i thought the female Texas is nearing the end, one of the female produced a huge ootheca, and their
appetite increase all of the sudden. I have no idea why but it is definately a good sign. My guess is the weather was cold last
week which slowed them down. But they are back to their aggressive form now.
(01-06-2008) I am still feeding the female and keeping them hot, one of my female has produced 9th ooth. Boy i wished male
can live as long as the female. I have stopped selling the ooth for this species just in case the ooth no longer fertile and hatch,
so that also means i might see the second generation nymphs... arghhh. By the way, one of the Texas unicorn ooth I sent to
Poland hatched out 85 nymphs!! If that's true it would be a record!!
(01-13-2008) The surviving three females still doing well, they were the main attraction for the visitor for TAMU insect collection
exhibition last Saturday!! the cooler weather doesn't seem to slow down their ootheca laying ability, but i wonder if any of them
will still be fertile, only time can tell at this point. Although the earlier batches had hatched out fine.
(01-20-2008) One of my female, the very first female succumbed to old age recently, she produced 11 oothecae during her entire
adult stage. So i am down to only two adult females, they are still doing well and appear to be healthy and strong still. Cooler
weather recently should prolong their life further. Also, i noticed that this species do not feed to often when temperature is
cooler than 75F. I have blow flies in the cage for 3 days and i still see some of them surviving, indicating the adult female is not
eating as often as during the hot Summer. I will be dropping this species soon and glad to spead this species among hobbyist
around the world.
(01-27-2008) I have been trying to get rid of all the ootheca, but apparently it was not fast enough to stop the second generation
from hatching out so now i am stuck with this new generation... bummer!
(6-29-2007) My new generation finally arrived today, the first ootheca laid on 5/19 successfully hatched out on 6/21. So the
ootheca of this species will hatch without diapause or overwinter. Subsequently, another two oothecae hatched out on the same
day and now i am flooded with nymphs again.
(02-03-2008) This species must have been the easiest in term of breeding for me, or i must be very lucky!! More oothecae
hatched out for me, it is just amazing how the female are still producing like mad. It doesn't take many adult female to drown me
with all the hatchling!! Luckily i have plenty of fruit flies available.
(02-10-2008) More continue to hatch, i am flooded with Texas unicorn nymphs. I am getting low on fruit flies all of the sudden. I
hope the Arizona unicorn will be as easy as this species. The female of this species can definately go long and longer lasting. I
still like the wing pattern of the female Texas unicorn, pretty unique native species.
(02-17-2008) I am down to only one adult female left. The rest has apparently dying of old age. What a prolific breeding machine
they are. Each usually produces a dozen during her live. She is my last from the first generation. I am growing the second
generation now and most likely letting all of them go as they have pretty much established among mantis hobbyists in the USA, if
not the world.