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Monty Mantis is dying :'(

Gizalba

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Monty is dying
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he is a mature male, had him about 8 1/2 months and raised him from a baby (about L3). I think he is nearly gone but his body still moves every now and again. I wondered about putting some water droplets near his mouth, but I suspect the best thing I can do for him is leave him in peace?
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Just wanted to check.

And is this a normal life-span for a male Giant Asian Mantis (Hierdula membranacea)? Online there seems to be quite a wide range of estimations.
 

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Gizalba

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Mantises are really cool. It's just so sad that they have such a short life span.

They are indeed :( Will really miss Monty. Thank you for the reply! His sister Mabel is still alive and well, so I hope to have her a while longer.
 

Gizalba

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Is there a life span difference between male and female mantis?

I think so, even if they don't mate. I got giant Asian mantises as they seem to have among the longest lifespans for a mantis. Assuming they don't mate I have read the males generally live for 10-12 months in captivity? While females live for 12-18 months? However I have also heard estimations of 6 months for males, and up to 2 years for females, so I really don't know. I assume Monty was about 9 1/2 months old :( He lived for 3 months after his last moult. The males are also much smaller than the females.
 

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