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    Obtained 2 males and one female about a month ago. I mated the female with one of the males and she did produce an ootheca (egg case). What exactly I'll do with all the babies that may result (possibly 50 or more) I have no clue.

    Popa spurca -- African twig mantis

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    Is she now a widow ? And am I right in thinking that the female usually has to devour the male to ovulate successfully?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dragonn View Post
    Is she now a widow ? And am I right in thinking that the female usually has to devour the male to ovulate successfully?
    I was going to ask the same question! I suppose you can release the babies when they are born. I saw a green mantis about a half of an inch or so long last week when mowing so I guess it is still okay for the babies to be out before winter. Do they mature pretty rapidly?

    Hope you update with photos when the little ones hatch out. I can only imagine how tiny they will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dragonn View Post
    Is she now a widow ? And am I right in thinking that the female usually has to devour the male to ovulate successfully?
    Actually, Steve, the male is just fine. As with so much of what is accepted as "common knowledge", while there is a bit of truth to that belief, it is quite inaccurate. In some mantid species, the likelihood of a male being devoured is high, in many others it is not. With most of the various mantids, what it boils down to is how well fed the female is. A well fed female is unlikely to devour the male. On the other hand, females which have been having difficulty finding/capturing prey are far more likely to make a meal out of the male if given the chance. There can be other factors at work as well, of course. For example, in captivity, the odds of the male getting devoured is often higher as keepers don't always think to give the mating pair enough space so that the male can escape to a safe distance afterwards.

    In the case of these two, I did make sure the female was very well fed and put them in a very large tank for the nuptials.


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    I suppose you can release the babies when they are born. BD
    I "could" but I will not. Even though the winter here should kill any that escape into the wild, on account of the fact that these are a non-native species (they actually are native to Africa) I just feel it would be irresponsible for me to take the chance of releasing any of them.

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    I think it goes even with Homo spaiens LOL
    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    [FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="darkgreen"]With most of the various mantids, what it boils down to is how well fed the female is. A well fed female is unlikely to devour the male. There can be other factors at work as well, of course. For example, keepers don't always think to give the mating pair enough space so that the male can escape to a safe distance afterwards.

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    Nice shots Paul! I like to wander around with my camera but I don't remember I had ever seen mantis, but I'd like to.
    And about the babies - I guess you have some pet shops close to you....

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