Strange tan balls in ghost mantis enclosure

Ratmosphere

Arachnoking
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Came home from work yesterday and noticed about 14 small, tan balls in my ghost mantis enclosure. What can this be?
 

Calopteryx

Arachnopeon
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Jan 1, 2017
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Probably the feces of the ghost mantids. Mine also drop small beige/brown balls, so that would be my best guess if they're about 1mm big.
 

MikeyD

Arachnosquire
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Feb 3, 2017
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Could be the fungus Leucocoprinus luteus, the flowerpot fungus. It commonly comes as a contaminant in coconut husk products such as eco-earth. The little balls are sclerotia, a survival mechanism of the fungi. It's more a pest than anything but if it produces mushrooms the spores can spread it to potted plants, vivariums, etc.
 
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