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Mantid Kingdom

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Author Archive: deshawn

Fridge died! Third group of Idolomantis soon.


So… yeah.  One of the refrigerators I use to keep pupae died sometime in the last few days.  I went to open it yesterday to grab some out and a good number of bluebottle flies came busting out.  Thankfully they had either just hatched, or wings did not fold out properly due to the lack of airflow or something, so they just fell out and crawled.  Very disappointing.

Needless to say, any orders containing housefly or bluebottle pupae will be delayed until Wednesday, assuming the new batches get here in time.  I will be ordering some next day on Monday so hopefully they are here Tuesday, or early Wed.  I will send out emails to all those affected.

First two groups of Idolomantis nymphs have been sold out for a few days now.  I am waiting for the third group to fatten up a little before posting them.  They are voracious so it should only be a day or 2.

First group of Idolomantis added, and more.

***UPDATE*** Second group that hatched this morning was just added.  Just a few days behind the first.

There are now Idolomantis nymphs available.  It was a small hatch of around 50, but obviously I am keeping a large group for breeding.  There will be more to come within the next week or 2.  There are also several dead leaf species available, including truncata.  I am still waiting on orchids.  An ooth hatched but not enough nymphs to list for sale.  I generally only list if 20+ will be available.  I am expecting the others to hatch any day.

If you have an existing order and wish to add things before it is shipped, please let me know.

Spiny Flower, Panthers, Boxers, Violins, and Thistles available

The reptile expo in Portland, OR this weekend was amazing, as always.  It was nice to meet some of you in person!

I have updated the available list of mantids.

I have been adding wholesale prices to many of my products, but only wholesale accounts can see them.  If you order often, please create an account as that is the only way I can grant special pricing.  There is no need to request it.  I do it for those I notice order quite often.

House Fly Pupae

I have had some issues with the last batch of house fly pupae not hatching.  I am not exactly sure what happened but I think it was an issue on my end and not my suppliers.  I got a new fridge and did not check the temp they were being kept at and it possibly was too cold.  At least that is the only reason I can think of.  None of mine are hatching and I am assuming none of the ones sent out either.  If you ordered house fly pupae in the last 2 weeks, please contact me (I will be contacting people this weekend either way) and we can work something out.  I apologize for the inconvenience.


Sale update

Discounts fixed for truncata and ephestiasula for larger quantities.  It should discount properly now.

Choeradodis and illudens have not been listed yet as I have a limited amount and want to list only what makes it to L2.  I will however be adding them to the site so people can add themselves to the wait notification list.

If you want to be one of those people that always seem to get here first when new species arrive, then follow me on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM to be updated on what’s happening in Mantid Kingdom. I often post pictures to announce when ooths hatch.

Big sale coming soon


I have had a LARGE number of nymphs hatch over the past week and half, which means LOTS of time separating, feeding, etc.  Without getting into a long story, my job will be very demanding of my time for the next couple of months.  Soooo…. my plan is to get rid of as many nymphs as possible over the next 2 weeks.  I will be posting several species for sale at discounted rates for multiple quantities, including some that I usually never have sales for such as orchids, truncata, and mendica.  Current list of species I will be listing over the next day or 2 are:

  • Hymenopus coronatus (Malaysian Orchid Mantis)
  • Phyllocrania illudens – much like regular ghosts mantids, but a little larger
  • Pseudocreobotra ocellata (African Flower Mantis)
  • Deroplatys lobata (Dead Leaf Mantis)
  • Deroplatys desiccata (Dead Leaf Mantis)
  • Deroplatys truncata (Dead Leaf Mantis)
  • Eremiaphila sp. (Desert Mantis)
  • Ephestiasula pictipes (Boxer Mantis)
  • SEXED PAIRS of Blepharopsis mendica (Thistle Mantis)
  • Choeradodis sp. – Yes, I will finally sell some.  Only expecting to sell around 25 or so.

Just as with last time, the best pricing will be for the pre-orders, meaning the species that are not ready to ship yet (currently orchids, and all 3 dead leaf species).  I sell these at lower rates because they are still L1 and the wait for them to ship at L2 can be a week or 2.  This really helps me as I can separate out only what has been ordered ahead of time instead of separating a ton of nymphs that may not even get sold (feeding them separately takes waaaay more time).  Please be patient and read the description to know if there will be a wait on your order.  I usually have the estimated shipping date in big bold red letters in the description.

OH, and if you want to be one of those people that always seem to get here first when new species arrive, then follow me on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM to be updated on what’s happening in Mantid Kingdom.  I often post pictures to announce when ooths hatch.