My mantis looks suddenly super bloated and there’s an odd black blob of liquid at the tip of her abdomen??? There’s also dry brown liquid on the side of the tank that I haven’t seen before. Q_Q Is she sick??? Infected???
Occasionally mantises suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea, the liquid in the tank could be either though I’m guessing it’s the latter. Unfortunately insect health issues are very poorly understood in general so it’s very hard to determine what the problem is. The best thing to do is move her to a completely sterile tank, ensure she’s hydrated and give her some honey. Move her to a clean tank every time she messes it up. This is the best method I’ve found for dealing with this kind of thing.
Hi! I'm pretty sure my Mantis is constipated, how do I help her? She is a jeweled flower mantis and had her first adult molt about two weeks ago and got her wings :) thank you!
Hi, sorry for taking a while to get back to you. I would:
change the substrate in her tank to tissue paper, this way you’ll be able to tell if she actually is constipated.
Ensure she’s hydrated.
Check to see if there’s something obstructing her butt, this happens occasionally. If this is the case, you can attempt to gently wipe it away using a clean, damp ear-bud.
Hope this helps!