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(2-8-2007) I have moved the latest hatch into plastic container, they are still afraid of food so i let them wandering around the cage.
The next hatching batch should be in 2-3 weeks. I have several ooth laid around the same time, good thing i have traded some
ootheca. But my oothecae count is reaching 16 now!!
The L1 nymphs in net cage is still doing great, i place a piece of banana in the net cage and witness several orchid nymphs eating
banana, pretty cool sight.
(2-14-2007) One of the adult female was dead, she is the Germany bloodline which unfortunately infected with deadly disease, she
was fed a cricket few days ago, so i believe that was the cause. What a bummer, but she had laid 5 oothecae for me. Anyway, the
good news is four oothecae were laid today! So i expect another busy day one and a half month from now!
(2-15-2007) First batch are molting into L3 and the nymphs from where 3 oothecae hatched together (placed in net cage) are
starting to molt into L2. I am expecting hatching from this species in a week. Some of the last batch from 1st generation have
molted into L4.
(2-20-2007) I have another 3 oothecae from the adult female, which mean i might have 7 ootheca hatched within a week time
span!! I have more L2/L3 nymphs as more orchid hatchling are molting left and right, shedding their orange color L1 molt.
(3-15-2007) I have actually lost count how many oothecae hatched since my last update., and god knows how many nymphs!!
They are vacuuming all my flies culture. I am thinking of dropping this species from my list but i had faced multiple objection from
members in mantid forum. My son asked me to continue this species as well, tough call!
(3-17-2007) Some older orchid nymphs reached sub-subadult and even couple of male turning into adult. Some of the larger one
will go to a bug show by the end of this month. They are feeding on honey gut-load house flies. Due to the large number, i have
been keeping them together since L1, and so far cannibalism is minimal with sufficient food. But they are definately not
(3-22-2007) I have several oothecae hatched recently, yielding around 200 nymphs. They are all feeding on flight capable fruit flies.
I found out that when keeping large number of nymphs in a net cage. It is better to use flight capable fruit flies so all the nymphs
have a chance to capture some flies.
(3-24-2007) A terrible incident this morning. An orchid ooth hatching while the ooth was found on the ground!! I was taking pic of a
desert mantis molting while this happen. Without wasting any time, i rushed to pick up the ooth and took this pic while waiting for
the glue gum to be ready. Unfortunately, around 10 nymphs couldn't make it. LESSON LEARN: Be extra careful with ootheca that is
(4-29-2007) I have decided to continue breeding this species. So i am keeping some breeding stock right now. The largest being
L5 and hopefully they will be able to breed in 2 months. My older female is getting older now that most of them are getting into the
(5-12-2007) I have many oothecae hatched over the last few weeks, but hatching rate starting to drop dramatically to the level of
less than 30 nymphs on several oothecae. Nevertheless, the female orchid from the breeding stock is at sub-subadult stage at
the moment, the male from the same batch are getting into adult stage so I currently rearing young orchid male at L2 (from
another batch) which will easily catch up with the female at adult stage. Is amazing how fast some of them grow. If everything
plans out well I should be able to continue this species for another generation. Well this will become a more common species
Recently, i bought a nice hexagon plastic container so decide to use it on one of my batch of orchid hatchling. I can a hole on one
side of the container and glue a mesh screen over it for better ventilation.
(6-16-2007) It has been a while since i last update this species. Since i decided to continue for another generation, my breeding
stock have been growing and now i have 7 adult female and 2 adult male, and 4 subadult male as well. I am hoping they will
continue as a prolific breeders just like their parents!
(6-29-2007) Finally i witnessed mating!! I guess my 3rd generation will be arriving soon.
(8-16-2007) Some females starting to produced oothecae, one had even making her thrid but i am still waiting for the first to hatch.
(8-23-2007) The orchid mantis ootheca traded from Malaysia hatched out recently, although only 15 nymphs, it provides new
bloodline for the next generation.
(10-4-2007) My new bloodline have grown into 4th/5th instar, i hope to breed this new generation with new bloodline.
However, my adult female of second generation had a weird "sickness"? The female appeared to have a parasite worm
coming from her abdomen, but after careful inspection, it looks like a thin line of dropping. Regardless, this is the first time i
have seen it. It is just weird.
(11-4-2007) Another month come and go for this log. My male matured into adult despite me keeping them cooler, guess he just
wanted to get ahead than all the rest of the females. The three females i have are only either subadult or sub-subadult. Hope i
still have a chance to continue them for another generation.
(01-06-2008) Boy it must have been ages since i last update this species as i have spent less time with them nowadays due to
the commitment for other species. Nevertheless, i have 3 adult females and 2 adult male which appear to mate alright, the
female produce one ootheca recently and i can only hope that it is fertile. I hope that the new bloodline (females) will bring new
hope as my third generation of orchid produced a very low hatching rate of under 10 nymphs on almost all ooth. I guess my
ignorance for this species contribute partially to this.
(02-24-2008) After a long while, i am down to only a pair of adult pair. The female produced an ooth recently and i hope it will
hatch for me, this will be my last generation if it managed to hatch.