Asian Ant mantis log
Odontomantis planiceps
I was lucky to have a chance to trade some live specimen of this species, the 3 adult female and 2 adult male were fabulous!! THe
adult male is so small but very active, they are barely 1.5 - 2 cm. Female is bulkier and larger at 2.5 cm and extremely aggressive!!
I was worried about pairing up this species due to the fact that male is very skittish and female is extremely aggressive. So i kept
feeding the female till she rejected food before placing the pair together in a net cage. Male was reluctant to climb on the female so i let
the pair together but watch them closely from the cage. It took about 20 minutes before the male noticed the female, 5 minutes later, he
flew on top of the female and mating commenced almost immediately. Mating lasted only 30 minutes. This happened 2 days ago.
Yesterday, i decided to give it a try to another 2 adult females, and the male was not as skittish this time so both female were mated as
soon as the male is introduced on top of the female. Both mating lasted only 30 minutes as well, this might be the normal mating
period for this species.
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Female started to lay oothecae just few days after mating, and two of the females decided to lay ootheca just 4 days after laying the
first. This must be the ootheca laying machine!!
Just a day after the Acromantis ooth hatched, I have one ooth hatched out from this species yesterday, about 30 nymphs hatched
out after just 25 days of incubation period. Nymphs look like a black ant, i would never thought it is a mantis if i see one in the wild.
Fantastic ant mimicry.
Some ant mantis moulted into L2 recently, they lose the jet black color and became lighter; However, they still look like ant.
the most advance stage of my ant mantis are at L4/L5 now, they are slowly losing the black color. They are not picky eater and happiily
chow down larger fruit flies now. More ootheca hatched out after just 20 days of incubating period.
Some of the nymphs from the first batch have grown into subadult!! this species definately grow fast with plenty of food. It was just a
month ago since they hatched.
The first generation has matured into adult in amazing speed!! Overall, this species needs high humidity and regular misting. Feed
continuously and grow quickly. Female need one extra moult to mature compared to male. Female produces oothecae every 4-5 days
when well fed.
Three of my first generation female appear to be ready for breeding so i introduced male to them, they appear to be very easy to mate
this time.
It has been fun keeping this species and breeding has been sucessful so far. I have decided to drop them for now in order to
concentrate on other new species.
I have decided to clean it out all cages for this species. There were many oothecae waiting to "explode"!! I am selling all my adult
specimen. This will mark the last time i am keeping this species so as to concentrate on other new species.