Reggie The Mantis

  1. The Crayfish King

    The Crayfish King Well Known Member Member

    So a few days ago I found a praying mantis on campus, and took him home to my empty mantis habitat thing (the one time I didn't have my jar with me, so I had to hold him in my hands on the ride home, and he fought me the whole way home lol). He's already molted once, and eats like a champ lol: f8aaed3211b62e05303ae121d1c0e842.jpg e336813ede4204fb354f265c872274d2.jpg 8c84c3d3315b0615fd0d23673d5aac13.jpg He's holding a fly in the third picture, for scale
     
  2. Lillian

    Lillian New Member Member

    Ahaha, I bet that was a really fun ride home!
     
  3. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHH! First blue crayfish and now it's a pray mantis...Genius boy! def wanna hear about how and why you took him in...Details pleaseeeeeeeeeee
     




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    The Crayfish King

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    Lol I had been sorta looking for a mantis anyways, I've had one before and loved having one, and had heard that there are always plenty of mantis egg cases in that area, and luckily I had my mom and brother with me because my brother is the one who saw him first and if my mom hadn't been there I wouldn't have been able to drive him home on my own since I didn't have anything to put him in for the trip. (I had to keep him enclosed in my hands the whole way home) We found him right next to a footpath which had plenty of traffic, and loads of wasps and spiders which could certainly have made short work of him. He's living pretty high off the hog now, getting several meals almost every day, and when it's not raining I set his enclosure outside in the sun. Just today, he got to eat a whole junebug while lounging in the sun.
     
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    The Crayfish King

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    *Mildly graphic description of grasshopper gore ahead*

    This mantis is a big fat glutton, after eating an entire junebug this afternoon, just a little bit ago I found a big juicy grasshopper in the yard and put it in with him, not really expecting him to go for it, but lo and behold, he grabs it, and they start swinging all over the place (as the grasshopper sprayed it's "defensive fluids" all over the place, staining the heck out of the enclosure's mesh) and once they stop thrashing, he immediately chews through the grasshopper's knee before burying his face in its thorax, and then eating its face from the inside. He really eats like a champ lol.
     
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    The Crayfish King

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    Whoops, forgot the pictures lol 4f8a78365058a2b8fd33a2a990a12ed1.jpg 0e2fae59c0d8378768103c520b09fc6d.jpg 2b777b69f27906cd2dff7d53ad8320bd.jpg
     
  7. scarface

    scarface Fishlore VIP Member

    Bugs' life--a real life horror story.
     
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    The Crayfish King

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    Ain't that the truth lol
     
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    The Crayfish King

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    Lol I think I may be depleting the population of grasshoppers in my yard to feed Reggie, they're getting increasingly difficult to find
     
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    The Crayfish King

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    Lol he molted again some time this morning
     
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    The Crayfish King

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    Here's a picture of his new size: 084bd5a3dce089fb18075aece39fecde.jpg I think his wings will come in with his next molt
     
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    The Crayfish King

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    Here's some pictures of him with a fly for scale (God forbid he face towards the camera while eating lol) 57f8270dc3561f507b4c638ecae2e2c6.jpg 4765c655ff7856da415be617bcd434d0.jpg 99bcba3311c114384d07fdb9c0aeced7.jpg
     
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    The Crayfish King

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    353c1429fd4b53581bfd5f6b01d4f8bb.jpg It's really neat how his eyes turn black at night.
     
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    The Crayfish King

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    Urgh, Reggie has been preparing to molt since Tuesday and I'm getting antsy waiting for him to finally do it. Since I noticed he didn't want to eat anymore I stopped moving his cage between inside and outside so as not to disturb him, but I'm wondering if I were to set the cage outside in the sun again if it would help him molt, but again I'm really nervous about disturbing him. I'm also anxious because I'm certain his wings will come in with this molt, and the mantis I had a few years ago had his wings come in all mangled for reasons I'm not totally sure of, so I'm kinda worried about it happening again lol.
     
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    The Crayfish King

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    Woo, he finally molted, and now has wings: 6d379c9038a7e35ae07770b70a3c7bd4.jpg
     
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    The Crayfish King

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    1e6b664a49ceb82d206407feb7e727e5.jpg 83d5765a3ef21a181988361abe1c837b.jpg here's some better shots of his wings
     
  18. B

    Bruxes and Bubbles Well Known Member Member

    He is so gorgeous! You're lucky to have those around! Such beautiful animals!
     
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    The Crayfish King

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    Edit: Whoops, accidentally posted before I was done with posting the pictures
     
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    The Crayfish King

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    Lol here are some more pictures I took of him when I took him out of his cage to clean it: e1b49ef1d67468480901241cf6f2d541.jpg ee78d049d910499a7de3a2e377582cda.jpg 0444bc068d50c20acf994b6574dc8b6d.jpg cc7267a9ff3b4d2a0a1a9dd66f0ffacf.jpg d11ccc9e27cbf31824065fdb10eae564.jpg 60b4146f2b5e25f9f98d54c938bd4895.jpg 71aed5f54396388fe823ab37f59ced78.jpg and here one of him on my forehead: 1070171d366672634e4aea382d650c39.jpg