|Taiwan Flower Mantis Log
(6-5-2007) Another new species traded from Taiwan, my breeding stock of adult and subadult specimen. I hope to breed this species,
they look nice and exotic. This species is mainly found in Taiwan.
(6-16-2007) Unfortunately, the subadult female failed to molt, but the subadult male molted successfully into adult male. I hope to find
a female for the adult male. But i also received two oothecae so hopefully the oothecae will hatch out in a week or so.
(6-19-2007) I am glad that after a "long" silence of a week without hatching, this new species hatched out handsomely two days ago!!
Nymphs are jet black and pretty small. Total incubation period is about 29 days. Attached is one of the hatchling pics.
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(6-27-2007) Most of the Taiwan flower mantis has moulted into L2, still a small size nymphs but look slightly brighter.
(7-25-2007) After slightly more than a month, with 85F/60% with daily misting, this species grow fast, although not as fast as the ant
mantis, they reached subadult stage now. I have been feeding them mainly flies.
(8-5-2007) Couple more oothecae of this species hatched. The hatchling of this species appear to need regular misting as they
always seems to be thirsty. They are however as hardy as a large nymphs even at L1. From the first ootheca that hatched, the first adult
male is noted!! Female appear to need another moult to mature. I have also mated the female which in turn produced one ootheca
(9-15-2007) I have more female from the first generation, this has been a cool species for me. Unfortunately, with more new species
on the table, i will have to give up this species. Will soon put a care sheet for this species on the "species" page in near future.
(9-21-2007) Tried to re-mate the female, but she was obviously not in the mood, so i went back to get the male's container. Upon
returning, female is happily chowing down the male(see pic)...bummer!! I was quite dissappointed, by the next morning she laid a nice
looking ooth!! So obviously she was needing some quite time yesterday when i introduced the female... can't blame her, all my fault!
I am dropping this species in order to give more time/care for other new species.
(11-11-2007) I am down to only one mated female left, and one of her ooth hatched out recently. I will send them out as free nymphs to
my coming orders. But the rest of her ooth will need to go.
(9-01-08) I am revisiting this species again, was more interested in counting the number of molts but my recent trip to Arizona mess
up the log. I received some nymphs of this species a month ago from a friend here. They were only L2 by then, but with plenty of food
and heat, this species grow rapidly and some are just two molts away.
(9-13-08) I lost some nymphs due to cannibalism, but due to the shortage of time caring for them I continue to keep them in the same
container. Not until I found the first subadult that I started to sort them out. By then, I am left with only 7 specimen, 3 females and 4
(9-23-08) I have the first adult female, the rest are still in subadult stage. So it appear to me that both male and female required the
same number of molt, which is about 6 molts in total to mature. One of the female ate another male and was injured in the process
(losing part of her leg), so I am down to only 3 pairs. It is still a good number to generation the next generation so I am not worry.
(9-27-08) All female have molted into adult. Two of the three male have molted into adult too, and are less interested with food
compared to adult female, which is the norm. I should be able to pair them up in a week.
9-30-08: I have 3 pairs of adult now. In a week I will start to pair up the oldest adult pair. Females continue to feed lot of flies while male
show less interest in food.
10-07-08: All three pairs were mated during the weekend "love dates". Both adult male survived the ordeal but one lost his head
bummer!! Two of the adult females promptly produced an ootheca the following day. This is the second faster species to reproduce
one generation in all my mantis species in culture right now (Gambian spotted-eye flower is the fastest).
10-22-08: I lost a pair after both appeared sick and lethargic. They were in the same cage so I suspect it must have been the food.
Maybe I have kept the flies in the fridge for too long? The other two females also mauled the rest of my adult male during re-mating so
now I am down to two adult females, but at least they are still contributing to the oothecae production!
12-02-08: I am down to only one adult female, but i wasn't quick enough to get rid of all the ootheca and now new generation hatched
out on me a week ago. Should i just let them eat each other? Just kidding this is really nice species, just wish they could be a little
(3/19/09) This species has been breeding well for me. The new generation grows up quickly and before I know they are laying
oothecae of new generation. As usual this species grow quickly even in cooler condition. This species often hug the branch or play
dead under threat. A species that is hard to kill when food are available. I have never seen any of this species get sick before which is
great beginner species. I have kept this species for some generations so I will let them drop out this time. Currently I have another
group of similar looking but different species, it is called Acromantis japonica. I am keen to find out the differences between the two
species. The A. japonica batch is currently at L4 and growing fast.
Acromantis japonica hatching.....
7-24-09: I honestly forgotten what happened after my last update but i believed I have get rid of all of them before my trip. This is the
last update for this species.