Banded flower mantis
(Theopropus elegans)
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(12-16-07) Received few of these nice color species flower mantis, quite a bit of DOA but the one which survived the trip manage
to live on and even moulted. They are from the Cameron Highland in Malaysia so i am keeping them the same temperature as the
orchid mantis at the moment.
(12-24-07) This is another species which i think i might miss breeding again because the male has apparently reached
subadult stage in very short period of time. Females are still at least 3 moults behind. I have no choice but to cool down the
male for now.
(01-06-08) Under constant supply of food, i have two males matured into adult recently, and one female reached subadult stage,
so there is still hope that i could get a matured pair together. I am keeping them just like orchid mantis and so far they appear to
be alright. They have plenty of pollen coated flies and moths too.
(01-13-08) Nothing much to update, still keeping female in warm temperature (85-90F) and feed load of food. Good thing is that
females are ferocious and no problem welcoming more food. Male are kept around 75-80F, i tried to feed male some moths and
flies, but they don't seem to be interested (excep for roaches). I hope those males are patient and give females some more time!
(01-20-08) The cold weather doesn't really help to speed up the female. Female is ferocious and continue to gobble up food even
with fat abdomen. Looking at the ferocity, i can only wish the male ood luck during mating! well if i manage to do that though.
(01-27-08) All three females matured into adult, one actually mature close to a week, the wing color has developed into darker
color, the other two females just matured recently. It took the first female 2 days to settle down the wing color. Now i hope the
male can hold on longer so i can breed this species and carry on for another generation.
(02-10-08) The oldest adult female is mated finally. Females continue to feed ferociously, whereas male is very skittish and feed
sparingly. Hopefully the female will successfully breed for another generation. I have made the promise to Audubon Insectarium
to provide the next available nymphs of this species too. Also, this species has been confirmed to be the
T. elegans based on the
red/orange color of the hindwings.
(02-17-08) Over the past week, all three adult females have been mated and each has produced one ootheca so far. They are
milky white resembling orchid ootheca but not as wide. The ootheca is about 2 inches long. So here comes the painful waiting
part. Hopefully the ooth hatching out fine for me. Both adult males are still going strong, i am sure they will live alright for another
month, although not interested with food. I seldom see the male feed, and they prefer house fly which is smaller size. I am still
keeping them about 80-85F, with daily misting.
(04-26-08) The first two batches of ootheca hatched out very few nymphs, so i decided to reduce the temperature (75F) for the
ootheca and it seems to work better as the hatching rate increase to about 20-30 nymphs, although it took longer period to hatch.
But mortality is still high. I have decided to let my friend here to care for this species. I hope the temperature issue is the one that
is causing the lower hatching rate, but it is still being studied for now. I hope to spread this species when they become populated.