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Pseudocreobotra ocellata
I traded some
Pseudocreobotra Ocellata ootheca a while ago from Germany, but never really got a chance to put them up here.
Anyway, the ootheca looks similar to
Pseudocreobotra Wahlbergii. Afterall, they are from the same genus!!
I am keeping them the same condition as
P. Wahlbergii. at 80-85F/60%, mist every other day. I can't see any differences between
the two species from 1st instar all the all till 6th instar, but at subadult stage, the differences can be noted. (See Pic). Also see
here for more details.
The first adult male was observed this morning!! obviously smaller than the female, and slightly smaller than adult male from
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See HERE for differences between P. Wahlbergii  and  P. Ocellata.
This species maturing into adult faster than
 P. Wahlbergii. I have mated a first few pairs and the first ootheca was laid by a
female today. I hope to see the first generation from this first ooth soon.
I am starting to withness ootheca laying from this species, i have at least 5 oothecae now, they will lay ootheca as soon as a day
after mating. This species appear to pair up pretty easy as compare to
P. Wahlbergii. But i am sure both species can be pair up
easily especially when an eager male is in hand. Finding a "capable" male is pretty important, it is always good to keep a group of
male for this purpose. As a mature male can fertilize many females as long as he keeps his head on!
All my female are producing oothecae frequently. This species appear to lay ootheca more often than their sibling species
. Anyway, i am still waiting for the first ooth to hatch.
First of the ooth (layed on 10/10) hatched out today, it was a very small ooth so i am happy with 22 hatchling. My first generation of
P. ocellata. The ooth been kept at 80-85F/60%, with a mist every other day. This could be first of the dozens that hatched so I will
need to offload more ooth to avoid being swarmed. I'm planning to drop this species from the culture.
More ooth continue to hatch and female still busy producing ooth. One of the ooth hatched out 58 nymphs yesterday, it is the
largest hatch out rate for me for this species.
Another record fall this week as one of the
P. ocellata ooth hatched out 60 nymphs, that beat the previous 58 nymphs by two
nymphs ha! Ironically, it was produced by the same female. So i think there is a trait in hatching rate for different female. (
below: the one on the right is the P. ocellata with 60 nymphs, the one on the left is P. wahlbergii ooth with record hatching rate
of 86 nymphs!)
I have no idea what to update really. The female are still producing ootheca like crazy and nymphs continue to hatch. Guess i
must have flooded this species together with other breeders here in the USA. I lost my last male recently, not by old age but
cannibalism. I think the male of this species can live to a pretty good age if kept individually.
Female productivity did not stop with cooler weather, so i reduced the amount of food to adult female and that appear to work.
Some females have deposited at least 12 oothecae!! Nymphs from the new generation continue to grow, but i am planning to
drop this species so i am letting all of them go soon. but before i can move hundred of nymphs out, more decided to hatch, but
the hatching rate appear to reduce to only 20-40 nymphs. Glad that i have plenty of fruit flies culture ready!
I was worry i might have problem shifting hundred of medium size (4th-5th instar) of this species, but as usual there's always
someone there getting bulk order when i am in worry. This time Dr. Yager took basically every of the medium size mantis for his
project in Chicago, i hope he has fun with them which he thinks it will be. Well, another hundred just hatch over the last week and
i am hoping for another miracle again.
Female of this species definately produces more oothecae than
P. wahlbergii and also more frequently. Hatching rate is pretty
consistance as well. One of my female has at least produced a dozen ooth in 2 months. I have sold most of the older nymphs but
lot of new hatching continue almost on weekly basis. I am not going to breed this species for another generation so this will be
my last for now. Hopefully they will continue here in this country.
(02-17-2008) I am starting to lose a few females, as they have been mature for about 4 months my guess is they are getting to
old. However, oothecae still hatching left and right for me. I can be so sure that if something hatch on any single day there is a
fair chance that this species will be among the one. I think one of the female must have produce 12 oothecae within her life time.
Comparing to
P. wahlbergii, this species produced more oothecae and mature faster. Although most of the oothecae is smaller
than thier sibling species. I a, getting rid of the larger one constantly and almost certain will be my last generation.