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We've (finally) got mantids!

Seven mantids have emerged from the first of our oothecae to hatch. As an auspicious number and since they're incredibly smart, I labeled each of their tubes with their new names: Ender, Valentine, Bean, Petra, Han Tzu (Hot Soup), Crazy Tom, and Fly Molo. The next several will be named Alai, Shen, Arkanian, Dink Meeker, Carn Carby, Dumper, Vlad and Nikolai. Give yourself a cookie if you get the literary reference.

A few pictures of our bouncing baby mantids:

Two mantids dangling from the hatching ootheca.


A freshly hatched mantid (likely female, based on the width of its thorax) on the side of the tank, backlit by a flashlight. (For scale, that green cut side of glass along the right border of the image is about 1/8" thick.)

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kitsunekaboom
May. 11th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
Awww they're so cute! :D
oddharmonic
May. 11th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
Today we can see the "praying" forelegs on a couple of the largest hatchlings. I am so excited!
popcornoblivion
May. 11th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
I got the reference (or more to point, my husband did), but I'll have to decline on the cookie for now. ;)
oddharmonic
May. 11th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
Laurel will happily eat a cookie for you.

That usericon is too cute!
radixx
May. 11th, 2006 08:10 am (UTC)
No cookie for me, I had to look it up. Not my cup of scifi anyway.

Really cool buggies though!
oddharmonic
May. 11th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
S'okay. The Ender books are one of those series that if you've read them, you feel strongly about, whether it's like or dislike.

The first seven mantids we put in tubes have practically doubled in size after drinking and eating. Aside from the wait for them to hatch, this has to be one of the cooler science projects we've had in the house.
revme
May. 11th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
Kitties!
oddharmonic
May. 11th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Sadly, they don't meow.

But they eat wingless fruit flies, which is perversely fun to watch.
johno
May. 12th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
Good naming choice.
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