Thursday, December 03, 2009

jake's mantis eating a cricket

this beautiful specimen is just in the midst of mincing the head off of one of his little mates.

i was lucky enough to get a Chinese Mantis ootheca from a friend last summer (thanks Stef). it hatched about 40 (they can sometimes hatch 1 - 300!). poor little Crawley is the last of the brood.

and here (below) is one from another egg case. this one was a Budwing Mantis ootheca that i got from a local enthusiast (thanks Jean!). it hatched about 80 or so. i have just four left. they're beautiful creatures. i'll try to post some shots of the hatching. it was incredible.


Blogger Troy Sweet said...

oh my god i want one! like a little pet alien!

9:53 PM  

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