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(8-15-2007) More ooth continue to hatch, seems to happened when i am least expected. All of the sudden i am flooded with all the
hatchling, thanks to all 4 of my producing female. While feeding the female, i noticed one of the female is laying ootheca so i took
some pics too.
(8-18-2007) Some of my second generation has grown into L4. They don't really need frequent misting and do well with house fly
(8-25-2007) Oothecae continue to hatch, i am feeding them lot of fruit flies and keeping them warm, so far they do fine together.
(9-15-2007) Hundreds of nymphs are slowly growing into larger nymphs in the past few weeks. I am feeding them the same old
food which is the house fly and blue bottle. Some are growing into subadult now. The older ootheca seems to stop hatching
anymore, guess it is about time female ran out of sperm stored in her and no longer produce viable ooth. But not before producing
hundreds of nymphs!! I have sold hundreds but there are still about 200 nymphs left. Have never been swarmed by this many
spiny flower nymphs before.
See HERE for differences between P. Wahlbergii and P. Ocellata.
(10-14-2007) Some large nymphs have started to mature into adult specimen. I will try to mate them in 2 weeks and lets see if
they can continue for another generation.
(10-28-2007) I have decided to pair some of the adult specimen up, after few days, 2 pairs were seen mating, lets hope they will
bring another generation of spiny flower mantis soon.
Out of the 4 pairs i am trying to mate, one canibalism occurred. Surprisingly, this time it is the male that chew up the entire
female's head (shockin!!). I have more spiny matured into adult recently, i am sending some to other breeders to try their luck on
(11-11-2007) Finally, i see ootheca of this species. Looking forward for another generation of this species.
(11-24-2007) Couple of my mated female finally decided to produce oothecae, next is waiting for the first ooth to hatch. Both
oothecae appear to be long at around 3 inches. I am going to stop breeding this species after this generation.
(12-16-2007) It has been more than a month now since the first ooth been produced, the first ooth finally hatched, it it gave me a
record hatching rate of 86 nymphs!! The female continue to produce oothcae, one of the female is already on the third one.
(12-24-2007) The hatchling have all grown into second instar now with plenty of food and heat. I will start to get rid of some pretty
soon. This species is definately one of the fast breeder, i believed 3 generations in a year is possible with plenty of food and heat.
(01-06-2008) Nothing exciting except that more ooth hatched, although not as many as previously had, it achieved 30-40 nymphs
consistently. The first batch that hatched has reached 4th instar with plenty of fruit flies and are now capable of handling house
flies. I will be running out of house fly soon if Chuck is still away!!
(01-13-2008) Another large hatch out of about 65 nymphs recently made me screaming for more fruit flies. Luckily i have plenty
available. But with lot of assorted species now incubating, i wonder my supply of ff culture can last longer, especially with huge
hatch out like this. I have noticed that this generation appear to do better than the previous one, and the hatching rate is far better
(01-20-2008) The largest nymphs from the first ootheca have reached 5th instar even with cool weather. Nymphs from the
following hatch have also all attained second instar. One of the adult female drop dead today, appear to be some kind of disease
as her body turn into black in less than a day after dying. I am still feeding all adult females plenty of food and they appear to
continue feeding like no tomorrow.
(02-10-2008) I am selling all of this generation of this species as i am running out of time caring for them. I will let the ootheca
continue hatching and not breeding for another generation. Farewell for now, i am sure i will revisit this species sometime don the
(09-30-2008) Well it does not even last for a year and i am already back to this species again. This time I received a pair from
Germany. However, only the subadult female made it, the adult male unfortunately perished during shipment. So i hope to trade or
buy another large nymph as soon as possible.
(10-07-2008) Tough to resist not taking photo of this nice species. The subadult female from Germany is doing great. She is still
taking down lot of flies offered and even took down a nice threat (medium cricket) without hesitation. I decided to take her out for
photo-shooting, she jumped of the container and promptly showed me a threat post. Fascinating, i took the camera out and keep
shooting. She calmed down after a while and i took a few more pics of her on the oak leaves.
(10-18-2008) The lone female decided to molt into adult few days ago. The molt is perfect and i hope she can be bred. I am going
to order or trade for a male for this species. Hopefully it will all work out alright. She has starting to feed in lot of food but i limited
her food intake to prevent her from laying ootheca too soon before mating.
10-22-08: I received some more nymphs from Germany and a subadult male so now my lonely adult female has a chance to breed
(yay!). Also, i have a rare chance of getting a threat pose from this angry female.
11-02-08: The first adult male finally emerged. In 2 weeks+ I hope to mate this pair. The female should be close to 5 weeks old and
ready to mate. Still waiting for her to show the sign of receptive by releasing pheromone.
12-03-08: The batch from Germany are growing and most of the male have matured into adult, while only 1 female turn adult
recently. The oldest adult female produce an ootheca recently, I have kept her with another male for a long time, only time will tell
if the ootheca is fertile.
(3/19/09) It has been a while and all four females were mated and so each of the ootheca hatching out after 6 weeks incubation
under 90F/60%. Some of the oothecae took longer to hatch due to the cooler temperature at night. The hatching rate for this batch
ranging from 30 – 70 nymphs. I am currently getting rid of the extra oothecae. My new generation is being fed only flies but they
grow rapidly now the weather is turning warmer. This species prefer hotter condition but not damp. Mortality rate is pretty low
when plenty of ventilation and high temperature of 85-90F are provided.
7-24-09: I sent some to the Gladys Porter Zoo before my trip and only kept a pair. I left them with the museum. Currently I have a
pair but the female ate her mate and i have no idea if the female is mated. Well, that's all for the update. Thanks for following it this