Ground Mantis Log
Litaneutria minor)
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This is another species collected during the trip to Arizona. Adult female was captured with fat abdomen so she has likely been
mated with another male in the wild. The color of this species blend in with the ground very well so it is difficult to spot if the
mantis is not moving. The adult female produced an ootheca in the container the following day. Similar to
this species can handle very hot weather, in fact they thrive in hot and dry environment, which explain why this
species can be found in abundant in arid area of Arizona.
The same female has produced her third ooth!!  This female continues to feed copiously until her abdomen swelled up like a
I lost count on the number of oothecae the female produced. But she is still going strong and keep on laying oothecae, a good
sign she will live for a good while.
(10-12-08) Well just when i thought the female will continue to live for a long time, she started to show sign of "wear and tear"
i.e. losing part of the leg. She finally succumb to the immobility and die recently, but not before leaving me with quite some
oothecae, which she must have been depositing once every 4-5 days. Now i can only hope to see her ootheca to hatch.
(3/19/09) After close to 2 months of letting the oothecae outdoor with the lowest temperature at freezing point, the oothecae
were brought back indoor at 80-85F. So far there is no sign of hatching. I didn’t keep another batch with constant indoor
temperature I hope the eggs inside oothecae did not perish when it was exposed to cold temperature during overwintering
period. The only other possibility is either the adult female collected from the wild has not been mated (very unlikely) or this
species doesn’t need overwintering at all. We will see if the oothecae can still hatch.