|Arizona Unicorn mantis log (page 2)
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(9-15-2007) I was given a chance to keep this fantastic native species from Francisco, so finally my search for both native unicorn
mantis is over. At L1, they resemble Texas unicorn mantis, but i am looking forward to see this elusive species finally evolved into
a cool creature. I am keeping it the same condition as Texas unicorn right now, i.e. 85-90F, 60%, misted once every other day.
Hopefully i can be as lucky as rearing Texas unicorn mantis.
(9-22-2007) The surviving nymphs did very well and all moulted into 2nd instar without problem!!! i am keeping them warm and dry.
Looking forward to see the lobes and horn. They also do well together, no cannibalism witness so far.
(10-4-2007) This species is growing fast, i have some at 4th instar now. The lobes on the leg is pretty obvious now. I have also
noted that the lobes on the abdomen is more appearance than Texas Unicorn mantis. I am keeping them the same condition as
Texas Unicorn, warm with moderate humidity. The pic at following is at third instar.
(10-14-2007) Another moult gone and the lobes are more visible now. The abdomen is "spikier" than Texas unicorn. Other than
that, they still look almost similar. I continue feeding them pollen coated D. hydei and they thrive well so far.
(11-4-2007) This species is taking its own sweet time to grow too. I can see another moult since the last update, but not much. I
can see clearly on the lobes and legs and abdomen, this is definately a more interesting and cool looking species.
(11-25-2007)Without the excess heat, this species is growing slowly. So i increase the heat in their surrounding and that appear
to do the magic. Some starting to grow quickly and appear to be just 2 moults away from adult. This is one of the native species
that i would really love to see it grow into adult. House fly is alright for them now.
(12-02-2007) I an finally see subadult from this species, the male appear to be ahead in the maturing "game". I am glad most of
the survivor from the mishap during shipment continue to thrive and grow, hopefully i can breed them. This has been the
talk-about species for last few years due to the scarcity, i am looking forward to see an adult speciment soon. My guess is early
next year. Currently, the size is slightly smaller than the Texas unicorn mantis. But this species has beautiful lobes on both legs
(12-16-2007) Finally some females moulted into subadult, the male are getting close to mature too, the size for this species
appear to be slightly smaller than the Texas unicorn, but i still like their cryptic appearance compare to the Texas unicorn. I am
adding larger blue bottle flies and some moths into their diet too hoping that the variety of food will help in their future or final
moult. I am adding more heat (to 90F) now to speed up the growth.
(12-24-2007) The subadult specimen grew up rapidly and molted into adult in less than 2 weeks. Arizona unicorn appear to be
smaller than Texas unicorn and the wing pattern on female is different too. However, Arizona unicorn has beautiful contrasting
color, and the lobes on abdomen and legs makes them the most beautiful native species in my opinion.