Asian Giant Mantis Log
Odontomantis planiceps
(2-5-2007)
Following is the list of my breeding culture

1 x original breeding stock from USA (Male) - Adult
2 x original breeding stock from USA (Female) - Subadult

Male has been adult for 2 weeks. Looking forward for both female to mature sooner.
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(2-8-2007)
Finally, one of the female molted into adult. Unfortunately, one of her leg mismolt so i cut part of her hind leg off. She is doing great
and hope she is still able to mate.
(2-10-2007)
The female asian giant mantis had her first meal today, a large and juicy cricket! Is a shame she lost one of her rear leg. I still
hope she can mate without problem.
(3-1-07)
The female asian giant mantis mated with the male on 2-24-07. I am feeding her lot of food. Hope to see her laying an ootheca
soon. Again, she had one of her rear leg "amputated", hopefully that does not stop her from laying ooth.
(3-10-07)
The female asian giant mantis laid an ooth few days ago, it looks pretty good so the handicap of having on less rear leg did not
prevent her from laying a normal looking ootheca. I am pretty sure this will be my last generation of Asian giant mantis; HOwever,
as most people had advised me before, they are getting common and also required plenty of living space, so... out of the list.
(3-22-07)
I am taking in another adult female from another breeder since i still have the male available. Hope to pair this new female up
soon. Boy thought i am dropping this species!!
(3-24-07)
I received an adult female from another breeder today. She is a beautiful one month old adult. I fed her few crickets and placed
the adult male right after her. They pair up almost immediately. Now I have two mated adult female.
(4-20-07)
I lost my adult male trying to mate my thirds adult female. It appeared that she been mated since the end of her ab's seems open
which showed the sign of mating. I acquired another male and he managed to mate with the third female so now i have three
confirm mated female. Another subadult female molted into adult recently so i will try to mate her in 2 weeks.
(5-12-2007)
This is another species I am dropping out. All female Asian giant mantids been mated and laying ootheca once every 3-4 weeks. I
am selling all the ootheca and will keep the adult until they die. It is actually amazing to see this greedy giant devour all the food I
offered them. They seem to know that whenever I open their cage, food will be around!! I will miss this species.
(9-7-2007)
The first adult female laid at least 8 oothecae, i was reluctant to sell the 9th ooth but it hatched out almost 100 nymphs few days
ago under 80-85 F with light daily misting. Now i wonder if the 10 th will hatch the same amount, or i just sell it!!
(10-13-2007)
The 10th ooth was sold and it hatched out for the buyer. I have newly acquired female and have sold several, this species are
tough and do well in any sort of temperature (not too hot >100F) and have a huge appetite, here is one of my female with a huge
grasshopper.
(11-4-2007)
I am down to only one female, she is still chowing down anything available. She will definately be my last asian giant in my culture
as i am letting this species go for a long time.
(12-02-2007)
Yep she is still alive and kicking, i am still feeding her adequate enough to keep her going. She might eventually still lay another 1
or 2 ooth before leaving me. This is the largest species I have until i started
Idolomantis diabolica.
(12-24-2007)
Finally i lost my last adult female. She produced 6 oothecae for me, and the last one was so deformed that i just threw it away as
eggs were exposed. Long live the queen!!
(9-01-08)
I received an ootheca of this species on August 22nd, together with some L3 nymphs. That gives me another chance of breeding
this species again. Guess I am really back to this hobby!!
(9-13-08)
The ootheca hatched out hundred of nymphs just about a week later. I am glad to see this large hatchling again after quitting on
breeding this species a while ago. The older batch has grown into L5. I placed the hatcling into a net cage and feed them with wild
fruit flies.
(9-23-08)
It doesn’t take very long for the hatchling to have their first molt after having plenty of food on daily basis. Some of the older batch
has reached pre-subadult stage. I am letting the L2 nymphs tackling house fly and the nymphs easily taking down those flies.
(9-27-08)
One of the female molted into subadult, she is yellowish/greenish in color. I have another pair of pre-subadult to molt into subadult
soon.
9-30-08:  The younger batch has starting to molt into L4. They can easily take down house fly now. I keep them in the group in foot
cube net cage.
10-07-08:  The younger batch has molted into L5/L6 recently when plenty of food. I still keep them around 80-85F/60% with misiting
every other day. They seem to do alright and casualty is kept low with constant supply of flies.
10-18-08:  Nothing much to update, still plenty of food for them and keeping them warm. The molting frequency decrease slightly
as the weather is turning cooler.
10-22-08:  The older batch has all molted into adults, except for the female which is stuck at pre-subadult (for 2 months now!) I
think she might not make it so I sent one of the male away. The younger batch however are now just 2 molts away from adult.  
Many nymphs were also sold recently, like a mad rush to this species I have no idea why. For once the Asian giant mantis in the
net cage is getting more space between each other ha! But I have another ootheca just hatched recently so I should have plenty to
go around again.
11-2-08:  I have sold more subadult of this species and left with only one adult male and some subadults. I have many subadult
females which will certainly help in generation future generation and keeping this large species around the hobby for a while. I
have been feeding the large nymphs lobster roach now. sometimes blue bottle is alright too but for some reason it appear to be
too small of a food source for this large species.
12-2-08: All mantis have matured into adult and molted out 100% alright. Strangely their appetite slow down quite a bit, probably
due to the cooler weather. Pic below is one of the adult male, he is about 4 inches long.
(3/19/09) This is another very successful story all three adult females I have mated have going into their 3rd or 4th oothecae. The
first of each hatched out handsomely and I was lucky to shift the rest of the ootheca away before I get drown by the hatchling (ok I
exaggerate!). Females of this species have routinely devour the male after mating. I am not sure if this is the similar case as with
Carolina mantis where I witnessed old adult male sacrificing themselves after mating by crowing into the female’s front legs
(definitely a kamikaze act!) Currently I have new generation to 3rd instar. I hope to keep them for another generation if possible.
7-24-09: I lost count but at least one more generation been bred since my last update. I have sent out most of them before my trip
and the rest to a bug zoo in Canada so now i am "free" of this species.