Devil Flower Mantis Log
Blepharopsis mendica)
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Well guess what! I am dropping this species again, they are just too many species and too little time for me to work on my mantis
unless I quit my job!!! Anyway, I will continue to sell the hatchling from ootheca I acquired.
Some of the nymphs have grown into L5, and house fly is no longer out of their range so i included some live house fly, these
ferocious buggers wasted little time to capture the fly.
I have sold many devil flower out and i am now down to only 3 left. 2 male and 1 female at L5. I will stop breeding this species for
One of the ootheca hatched out today!! i will put them for sale soon. As usual, this species required no misting at all and hatched
out fine under hot and dry condition.
All the nymphs been sold as i want to concentrate my effort on other species.
I am expecting to receive two more ooth of this species from Germany. Will update when i have the ooth hatch out.
I received some hatchling and decided to do a more thorough study on this species. Following are some hatchling info.

1st instar
Hatched: 7-26-08
Nymphs: 48 (from single ooth)
D. melanogaster (wingless type).
Temperature/Humidity: 95F/50%
Cage: Keeping in group in 32 oz insect cup with raffia straw.
(8-1-2008) First molt occurred today for half of the batch a week after hatching. Most appear to molt during early morning. This is
probably the best time as the newly molted nymph is at their most fragile stage. They are fed larger fruit flies (
D. hydei) and the
2nd instar is almost double in size comparing to the hatchling. They are still being kept together with similar condition.
(8-6-2008) I have decided to drop the documentation for this species for now. I have few other species coming my way right now
so i will keep about a dozen of them till L3 before disposing them to a friend. I hope to be getting more of this species in near
future. Or at least get a hatching from the ooth received from a friend in Germany.
(10-7-2008) This species seem to never established in this hobby. I have decided to (seriously) spread them again by massive
breeding the available females. I received some subadult pairs from Germany and they have taken down pollen coated blue bottle
like no tomorrow after the long journey.
(10-12-2008) I believed some subadult will be molting soon. I am keeping them very hot (95-100F) and with plenty of pollen coated
blue bottle flies. The budwings for some subadults are swelling, a good sign molting is near.
(10-18-2008)Except for only two subadult female, the rest have matured into adult. Couple of females have mess up wing but i will
continue keeping them at see if they will be able to mate and produce fertile ootheca.
10-22-08: All have molted into adult and apparently, the two females with messed up wings are the only two specimen which
molted into adult in 32 oz plastic container while the rest that molted in a large net cage have nice wing sets. With lot of food and
heat, I have already witness females curling the abdomen (releasing pheromone) . Male should be ready and I hope to pair them
up soon.
10-26-08: The pair mated yesterday, and the female produced and ootheca today. Lets see if this is going to work. The female
appear to be releasing pheromone so i heated up the cage to 100F and male wasted little time to mate with the female. The whole
process lasted about 4-5 hours and male left the female afterwards. The adult of this species appear to be less cannibalistic so i
have no problem leaving the adults together. I wouldn't do it even for the ghist mantis.
See PREVIOUS for earlier log.
11-02-08: Amazingly, the mated female deposited three oothecae since 10-26-08. That is like 3 oothecae in a week!!! Well she was
being fed almost constantly and under temperature about 100-110F. Now i can only hope her ootheca is fertile. I witnessed
another mating pair this morning, so more fertile ootheca is underway hopefully.
12-03-08: The first oothecae hatched out about 2 weeks ago after just 4 weeks incubating in 95-100F condition. I have come to full
cycle for this species now.  Due to my busy schedule I am dropping this species… again… sigh…..
(3/19/09)  Some oothecae continue to hatch for me under 100F/50% after 6 weeks incubation but I was able to get rid of all of the
nymphs. I sent the last adult female to the museum. So once again I am dropping this species for now. Definitely a good
photographing object in the future.