East Asian Bark mantis log
Theopompa sp.
I received an ootheca of a nice bark mantis from Taiwan. Hopefully it hatched out soon.
The ootheca hatched out as i was bringing in my oothecae for a friend to look after. It appeared to be strong and healthy, about 60-70
nymphs hatched out, the nymphs appeared to be poor in stabilizing themselves once tuning upside down. If i am going to leave them
for about 5 days without food and water, chances are they will not make it alive, but i know that they will be in good hand as the person
caring for them is a great entomologist. I will add some pics of this species upon returning from my trip.
This species appear to do better under lower temperature (75F or below) with high humidity. They also appear to be active at night. But
this species is not very keen on feeding, more food will do more harm than good as flies seem to annoy them sometimes. They are
still in L1, i wonder if this is another species that take a long time to grow.
This species is taking its own sweet time to grow and seldom see them eating. Some have molted once or twice (not to sure), but they
grow lighter in color and looks similar to lichen on the bark. Great camouflage! I am still letting lot of flyable fruit flies in with them as
food. I will try to take some more pics when it is ready.
They are L3/L4 now, but the striking color stripe is still very visible. The is still the nicest bark mantis i have seen. So far they are
feeding on fruit flies but i think they should be able to handle house fly soon.
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This species is growing slowly, it is taking its own sweet time to feed and grow. I am increasing the surrounding temperature and so
far they look alright with it. They are larger now but still clumpsy when crawling up the plastic wall.
Decided to separate all the nymphs today, realized the nymphs are L4 now and most of the nymphs have very interesting grayish blue
color. They are capable of handling house fly now. I have decided to keep this species for now and hopefully watch them grow into
This species appear to grow up quicker than now after the first few stages, i am increasing the temperature now and they appear to do
well as well. I guess this species gets pretty hardy now after molted into L4.
Has been a while since i last update this site. Due to the lack of attention to this species, i lost many due to neglect. I sent few survival
to another breeder. This species do not feed very often and sometimes required hand feed before accepting food. Quite a task for me.