Mantis

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Why?

Because it's über cool: wiki Mantis

How?

Surprisingly there's not much choice for .eu citizens :-( I'll probably order chinese (Tenodera aridifolia) ones on ebay, then get some native (Mantis religiosa or maybe even Empusa fasciata) when I find it.

So, I ordered and got the chinese ootheca, which hached after a month or two. http://cba.si/pics/20090314_chinese_mantis_day0_1cm.jpeg

After two days they started dropping like flies, and after a week all were dead. I provided them with flies, some moisture, so wtf is missing?

Food?

Any live insect should do.

For baby mantises my plan is to grow fruit flies.

Now I have fly colonies, and nothing to eat them. Maybe this should be another project, experimenting with genetics. http://biology.arizona.edu/sciconn/lessons2/Geiger/intro2.htm#ane