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_MG_7817 A Sad End

_MG_7817 A Sad End

I gasped when I saw this and gave my "baby" a respectful funeral in the same pot. Update: I just had to go out on the deck and search some more and found a smaller baby. click on "next".

Canon EOS 20D
1/50s f/11.0 at 90.0mm iso800 full exif

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Isabel Cutler27-Aug-2007 18:53
You have to release most of them and also raise flightless fruit flies to feed the remainders. When they get larger you're supposed to feed them pinhead crickets. Mine never reached a large enough stage in the container to feed them the crickets. The ones I released, however, remained on the same plants so I was able to give them flies that I had cultured. Left in a container in large numbers they eat each other.
Digipets09-Jul-2007 02:49
I was quite saddened to see the poor fellow. I think I was getting emotionally involved with these strange creatures.
Guest 28-Jun-2007 13:43
Something sucked him dry. Doesn't look like another mantid did it.
Joy Miller28-Jun-2007 00:03
Sad to see. I wonder what got it.
Jane27-Jun-2007 21:12
What happened to it Isabel?
Digital Nuts27-Jun-2007 21:10
Oh so sad! I am down to three now.