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Old 10-15-2008, 08:57 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Aquarius Keeper View Post
Oh, I didn't realize you were across the pond -- all the insect bug vendors are in the UK - do you think it might be illegal in the USA or something?

I might just have to content myself to mantids...
If your looking for a dealer in the US I recomend Bugs in Cyberspace - Home Page He's got some nice bugs and is awesome to deal with.
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:17 PM   #12
Well, it's official, my ootheca is on the way. I found a 10 gallon aquarium with a mesh lid by the trash outside my apartment and took it as a sign to place the order.

Soon I'll have 12 to 400 baby chinese mantids sharing my apartment with the fish and turtles...
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:44 AM   #13
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Be ready to have a lot more space for them than a 10 gallon. I don't know about Chinease ones specifically but when I hatched mine they ate each other before they were 2 weeks old and I only wound up with 14 out of probably 350.

Have live food ready. Baby crickets, fruit flies (the flightless kind) and lots of solid nerves. They are faster than they look.

I want to try stick bugs someday because I can feed them vegetation and if you get the right ones they are easy to breed and not much to worry about as far as upkeep.

Best of luck. They are a lot of fun and very cool to watch them hunt and eat.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:00 AM   #14
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Forked Tree Ranch - Fly Larvae Pollination
Bottle fly larva, larger flies for when your mantids get bigger.
ED's Fly Meat Home
Lots of live food options
Common house fly and other feeders
Mealworms, Crickets and Red Worms at Worm Man's Worm and Crickets Farm
Lots of live food

I don't endorse them but have ordered from forked tree ranch and worm man with great results. I will buy from both again.

For others search for Musca Domestica or live food cultures. Too many links to list them all.
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:12 AM   #15
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woooohooop i wish you luck. :)
keep us up to date when you can. :)
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