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post #46 of 132 (permalink) Old 06-20-2012, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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These are too cool!!!! I had a photo but did want to spoil the suprise.
Go ahead post it I don't care. Have you ever kept them yourself?

These ones that I'm getting are real small nymphs, so it's going to be a while before I have adults.
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post #47 of 132 (permalink) Old 06-21-2012, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Here's another shot to show the terrestrial plants a little bit better. That is a Costus woodsonii spiral ginger right in the middle with a couple of Pilea grandifolia on the left. I am trying to figure out what the fern is.

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This is stunning, Devin!! I really like it! When do you plan on adding your roaches?
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This is stunning, Devin!! I really like it! When do you plan on adding your roaches?
Hey thanks Don. I hope it will look good when it grows in after a few months.

It might be Phyllocrania ghost mantises instead of roaches. I'm still trying to figure that out. I am going to get a little group of Phyllocrania in the mail and then maybe check to see how they look in there.
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It looks as though it's instead going to be a little group of ghost mantis (Phyllocrania paradoxica)...

Google: Phyllocrania paradoxica

I have a box of nymphs coming with a trade. I hope they will ship OK in this hot weather.
Those are cool looking, bugs still scare me though... got bite/sting today on my pinky toe an it looks like a mini hot dog now

btw, What are you using for a light?
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These insects are all harmless.

I just have the regular Exo Terra light hood over this little tank with a 13w spiral CF lamp.
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post #53 of 132 (permalink) Old 06-27-2012, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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I was looking through my folders and ran into this other shot from before I added the leaf litter and with a different perspective.

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Very cool. I'm surprised those mantis' can handle being shipped, they look awfully fragile.
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mantises are canabalistic, as far as im aware. how are you gonna keep them all in the one viv?
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Ghost mantises (Phyllocrania paradoxica) are less cannibalistic. So long as you keep them well-fed you can keep a small group together.
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Very cool. I'm surprised those mantis' can handle being shipped, they look awfully fragile.
They ship just fine if you pack them right.
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post #58 of 132 (permalink) Old 06-29-2012, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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I just got my half-dozen Phyllocrania paradoxa 100% alive with the mail.

I'm pretty tickled about that.
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I was loving it, until that last photo - lol

Seriously, I love your compositions : )

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