I went to the fantastic East Bay Vivarium yesterday to look around. I was told they wouldn't even have any mantids until Spring. Well I was looking in the Tarantula rack and what do I see half hidden behind the T's? Could that be a teensy tiny little orchid mantis? the most beautiful mantid of all, and my personal favorite? I have the guy get it out for me and sure enough, it's a beautiful baby Orchid! I had to have it. Still unsure as to sex, it's hard to cound the segments when they're this small. This guys about the size of a pencil eraser!! Just imagine that! And I'm picking up a budwing and giant asian mantis on the 17th! YAY!