Our House is Haunted

If you follow the stories of the intrepid Wellsbrothers (and if you don’t, you should) you may remember that last year, in addition to witnessing tadpoles morph into frogs, and raising some baby mollies – born in our tank with tons of other fish – we also hatched, raised and released hundreds of praying mantis nymphs (great story about it HERE). One lucky mantis earned the title of Office Mascot and was eventually awarded his own jungle themed terrarium. That mantis’ name was Dr. Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

If you can’t find him – he’s at the top of the enclosure.

Dr. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (yes, we say his full name every time) lived nearly a year before a tragic and untimely demise.

Actually, he just died – bugs do that – but I’ve always been a bit suspicious.

This year for my birthday, the Wellsbrothers decided I needed a new praying mantis. Not content to wait until this spring’s batch of plain old Chinese mantids (the common ones you find outside; the ones we raised last year…and which I think will be an annual tradition for a while) they scoured the internet and located a very exotic looking species.

The Ghost Mantis

These are actual pics of actual ghosts. Not mine though…its still a baby.


Seriously…real pics.










These little guys are so awesome…they look like aliens. All the men of the Wells’ household are quite excited. One of the things I love about raising mantids is that we can turn them loose outside and they are extremely beneficial. They eat mosquitoes as well as many plant destroying bugs. Imagine that, we can address problems with poisoning the land…but I digress.

The one downside of the ghost mantis is that you aren’t supposed to release them in this area – not sure if its because they aren’t adapted for this environment or if the environment isn’t adapted for them, but I’m not going to push it.

So, we remodeled the habitat, and have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new office mascot.

And here he is! The tiny, but hungry and seemingly healthy ghost mantis named…

…you guessed it…

The Ghost of Dr. Dietrich Bonhoeffer



Posted on October 4, 2012, in wells family, wellsbrothers and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Love it!! I am quite interested, too, in WHY they should not be released into this area…. If you find out, let us know!

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