update on the whole mantis thing:
jamarmin's gone, she was a rather old mantis and kinda just died on her own after a few days. she did eat a small cricket i found for her, so that was nice. rip in peace, Jamarmin(yes, that was the name i settled on, was some gibberish a friend gave me for a name).
however, seems this month has been a very blessed one.
this is my second mantis. he's younger and far more energetic. if i had to guess, Jamarmin didn't last as long because she was a female who'd already laid her eggs and had nothing left to do but die, but this guy hasn't mated and therefore has not been eaten by the female. i fed him a whole katydid i found a few hours ago and he's taking to it with a fervor, have no idea how he's managing to fit all that down his stomach.
something's up with my neighborhood, these mantises are showing up left and right. i ran into a 3rd one on a walk home from work a couple days ago. my guess is, with autumn approaching, this is their mating season and they're getting it done before autumn kicks in and they go under. however, with a little research, i learned that these guys can last months in captivity, meaning if i treat this guy right, he could last the winter.
we'll have to see how it goes.