Our L2 Phyllocrania Paradoxa (Ghost Mantis) just arrived!

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Just got these 2 tiny fellas in. Goodness how am I going to feed them lol! They are sharing a terrarium as their new home. I am told by the seller this should be fine as happy communal living and being able to find their food even at this size. Well see. May need to take out to feed at this point.

Never done this before so anyone with experience feel free to chime in!

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Successful first feeding for one but I'll never find a cricket that small again. Fruit flies here I come!

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Edit: looks like the best way to feed em is to use the shipping containers to let them chow down on fruit flies.

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How large is that enclosure? Looks a bit big for these small nymphs :p

Also yeah, feeding containers work great in my experience if you have big display tanks
 

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8 x 8 x 12 with backing and such more like 6 x 7.5 x 9 ... with huge tree taking up most space. I think they'll do good in there :)

...for now though, feeding containers!
 

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Feeding is going really well, we use the containers. Otherwise they hang out in their terrarium which I mist daily but, do I need to put a tiny water dish or puddle in like we do for tarantulas?
 

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So! One of them molted today, wow it got so much bigger! I have read not to feed for 24 hours as they are delicate. Though, by tonight it will be 48 since they ate. They are L3ish. Do I still wait 24 hours for this small a guy, eating fruit flies?

The other is still upside down, hanging out and tiny. I guess I should refrain from disturbing.
 

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AWESOME! MANTIDS4LYFE
Thanks! They're doing great. Both have shed, both eating well. One lost a leg a week or two ago somehow, I hoped it would come back after the shedding, but did not. But, he seems to be making it fine.
 

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Thanks! They're doing great. Both have shed, both eating well. One lost a leg a week or two ago somehow, I hoped it would come back after the shedding, but did not. But, he seems to be making it fine.
It will come back after a couple of molts :)
Does it have a stub or a little curled up leg now?
 

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Oh cool. It's a stub currently. I was hoping it would come back he has a bit of trouble moving around on 3!
 
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