Random P. paradoxa death?

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So I had ordered some mantids recently, and got a free P. paradoxa. I was housing it with its sibling in a communal enclosure, (both were L1 siblings) when I checked them today to feed, and one was just laying there dead, with its sibling doing perfectly fine. Aside from the sibling missing a leg, its in perfect health, so why did this one die?
 

Andrea82

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Mantids and molting are even more troublesome and reason for worry than molting and tarantula...:(
 

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Did you handle the little guy? It is not a good idea to hold L1's, as it expends their energy far enough. If not, I would think this might be trauma from packaging or sudden molting, a bad molt happened to my orchid mantid and it died :(
 

Willuminati

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Muuuuuuurder


Happened to me with H. Villosella'

Closer inspection lead me to find puncture wounds on the dead specimens carapace
 

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Did you handle the little guy? It is not a good idea to hold L1's, as it expends their energy far enough. If not, I would think this might be trauma from packaging or sudden molting, a bad molt happened to my orchid mantid and it died :(
Nah, I only opened their enclosure to feed/water
 
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