African (Gambian) bark mantis
Tarachodes sp.
Another new species (Tarachodes sp.) hatched out couple of days ago. About 60+ nymphs hatched out. They reminds me of the T.
Afezlli (spelling?) i once kept.
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This Gambian bark mantis is doing great. They have all molted into L3 and continue to feed on fruit flies. This species preferred to
turn their body 180 deg in a when required, and they can do it fairly quick, which is something not commonly done by other species
of praying mantis.
This Gambian bark mantis have molted into L4 and growing longer. They have short raptorial arm but do not hesitate to attack.
I sold out all the available Gambian bark mantis to give space for more species.
9-30-08: This is actually another re-visit species. I have kept some to L4 once before selling them all to concentrate on Idolomantis
diabolica. The adult pair arrived from Germany which took a week. The rough journey might have hurt one of the female’s leg.  I will
pair them up as soon as both pair are well fed. This species will hug on the stick for camouflage purpose as soon as it feels
threaten. A species originally from Gambia and thus a tropical species. Yeah hot and humid!!
10-02-08: Try to pair up the adult specimen so i loaded the female with a huge cricket and place them together in a net cage. Male
took about 5 minutes to climb on the female and start to connect. Female is totally full and did not attack the male.
10-07-08: The female finally decided to produce an ootheca. She guided the ootheca and doesn't let me take a pic of it. So i have to
bribe her with a nice juicy cricket and that works :)and did not attack the male.
10-12-08: The only pair i have decided to pair up for the second time few days ago. Afterwards, i saw female rejecting the
spermaphore (sp.) but continue to feed lot of roaches and crickets. Yesterday, the male is on the female's back again but this time i
did not see the female rejecting the spermaphore.
10-18-08: This couple continue to mate several more times i am surprise the male's head remain intact and manage to continuing
pairing up with the female even though he seldom feed. Still waiting for the second ootheca from this female i bet her ootheca is
10-22-08: This second ootheca arrived couple of days ago, but not as “smooth” looking as the first one. Still I hope it is a fertile
ootheca. I was wondering is the extra crickets is causing the problem? I will continue to feed her more flies and see if that would
change the texture of the ootheca. The male mated once more with the female and still keeping his head.
10-26-08: The first ootheca hatched out today much to my surprise because it has only been 19 days since the ootheca been
deposited. I counted about 80-100 nymphs hatched out, which is far more than what i expected.
11-02-08: The second ootheca still hasn't hatched yet. But based on the date it will be nother week before it hatches. The hatchling
from first ootheca have started to feed on fruit flies. i place them all in together in a gallon jar plastic container. The male is still
going strong and female is being hand fed at the moment. I have no idea why she refused to catch her own food. But she still
willingly taking the hand feed prey. Weird. I wonder in the wild does this species wait until the ootheca hatched before moving on to
another place looking for food. Adult specimen shouldn't have problem not feeding in 3 weeks, which is the incubation period.
12-02-08: The adult male passed away probably 3 weeks ago. I have get rid of all the oothecae from female and not going to keep
this species right now. She is still doing well, very protective of her ootheca as i have to almost chase her off or bribe her with food in
order to pluck the ootheca which is glued to the branch.
(3/19/09) I sent my last female to the museum for the Hug a Bug event. I am no longer keeping this species but I have to say it is
one of the most photogenic species! I will one day order one or two nymph just for the fun of photographing it.