|Budwing Mantis Log
I have sold out all my budwing mantis by Fall last year.
Currently incubating 2 oothecae acquired from breeder in USA and looking forward for ootheca to hatch by end of this month.
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One of the budwing ooth hatched yesterday, only about 10 nymphs hatched out. The ooth was kind of deform so i was guessing
that might be the reason for smaller hatching rate. But this afternoon after work, i realized that maybe 80 or more hatched out!!
Another ooth hatched out a week ago, and another hundreds hatched out....my goodness!! After many generations, i think i can
finally persuade myself not to continue for another generation. So this will be my last generation budwing babies.
All the budwing nymphs are L2 by now. Many didn't make it because i ran out of fruit flies but i still of hundreds of them left so it is
no big deal.
After plenty of fruit flies, the nymphs have started to molt into L3. I let some house fly in and some have started to catch the flies.
All my budwing had molted into L5, it is possible to determine the gender now based on the abdomen size. Female being wider
and male being slender. I am going to let this batch of budwing to go for now.
I have recently acquired another adult female and 2 adult male. One of the male is not doing so well from the shipment but alive
nevertheless. I will try to mate her soon.
Well, here is another one I am dropping out of the list. My all time favorite species. I have successfully mated the female with the
male acquired recently, and she had since laid 2 oothecae for me. I am going to put the ootheca for sale and continue with the adult
until they die :(
I have decided to keep track of the first batch of this species. This is the same batch I received from Dr. Yager with the Gambian
spotted-eye flower mantis.
Stock: This one is from Dr. Yager from University of Maryland.
Food: D. melanogaster (wingless type).
Cage: Keeping in group in gallon jars with raffia straw.
(8-3-2008) The first molting occurred today. It appeared that the one that fed well (or fed first) molted ahead of those timid one. All
the molted nymphs starting to feed few hours after molting.
(8-16-2008) The second molting occurred 4-5 days ago. I kept only 6 specimen for documentation and they are all at 3rd instar.
(9-01-2008) Well I was not paying attention to this species and lost the molt count. Especially after the trip to Arizona. Most of the
male are pre-subadult right now. Females are not too far behind. Females have wider abdomen than male.
(9-13-2008) Some females and almost all males have molted into subadult. I am going to have many adults. Females continue to
feed lot of food but males are showing sign of feeding less.
(9-27-2008) Most of the females are subadult now, while males are close to molt into adult. Soon i will get some pairs of adult. It is
all on schedule. Edit: First adult female molted into adult on 28th Sep., but one side of her wing couldn't fold properly bummer!!
9-30-08: More male molted into adult, I should have plenty of male to go around. Most of the female remain at subadult stage. The
lone adult female with mismolted wing doesn’t look so hot I wonder if she can make it. Bummer…..
10-07-08: Still only one female matured into adult, the rest are still subadult. But males are molting into adult left and right!
10-12-08: Finally, I have several other female matured into adult. The first adult female has been so well fat that she has a plump
abdomen. I let her wondered into the cage full of adult male, expecting few males to climb up on her immediate, but to my dismay
the first mating did not take place until a day later (10/12). I have about a dozen of male left, only one remain at subadult. Now the
next tough decision, should i continue this species???
10-18-08:Three females have been mated so far, this prolific breeders are going to drown me with lot of nymphs.
10-22-08: The fourth female was mated yesterday and surprisingly none of the male was killed during the entire act. The first mated
female has also produced an ootheca. I have one subadult female still. All the males are in the net cage and doing well avoiding
eating each other.
11-02-08: Female continue to produce ootheca and i have sent all of them out so far. I still have plenty of adult male left they appear to
live fine together and long live too. I don't feed the male very often but keeping them warm and humid, maybe the lesser food keep
them living longer. Female continue to feed on one adult roach on daily basis.
12-02-08: I was too late to get rid of all the extra oothecae and one hatched today....... must be a nightmare for the fruit flies as i type :)
(3/19/09) The new generation has grown into large nymphs close to adult. All the oothecae hatched out hundreds from the previous
batch and I am currently keeping them in a net cage full of fake leaves and branches. Plenty of flies were thrown in but I am sure some
still fall victim to cannibalism. Male as usual develop quicker than female and some are already in subadult stage. Due to the cooler
winter season this batch took extra 2-3 weeks to grow into similar stage compared to the batch from Summer time. I will only keep a
few this time for photographing purpose. So time to move this species in to the lower section of my log…… yup the drop out species!
3/29/08:Another generation has grown into adult. There are several subadult males close to the last molt but was surprise to see an
adult pair in the cage. I separate the adult female into individual 32 oz plastic container, but left the adult male in the cage with the rest.
BUt i am not planning to breed them for another generation for now.