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It seems to vary a lot depending on environment. My hisser nymph was nearly three months old before its first moult, but then it moulted again two or three weeks later. They're funny things :)

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My first generation nymphs were the ones who took around 3-4 months to reach maturity. I have had a few more generations after that, but they don't molt nearly as fast as the first generation. I think it might have to do with two of the three months being warm (July and June). Right now the colony is not reproducing because I had to separate the males and females, as they were nearly overcrowding their enclosure.

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In my expierence its kinda random... I had about 47 nymphs born on Dec 16th, and they all are molting at completely different times... I have some that have molted about 2 or 3 times already and are almost 2 inches long, but then i have a couple that are still newborn size and have not molted at all yet and still have the dark color. I have also been wondering about it as i thought it extremely odd that some are already so big and some are still so small.

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Well even in the large batch of nymphs that grew fast, there were still some that were still tiny when the others where much larger. I believe the ones that are tiny are still little when they reach adulthood since I have a few adult males that are around one or two inches shorter than the average males. I'll have to see if I can catch one of the little ones later today, so I can make a size comparison photo.

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Here is a link to the size comparison between the small male and average male. https://www.dropbox....4u/IMG_0602.JPG

I'm not sure that this one is the smallest, but he is smaller than the average one.

I also got some pictures of my colony eating banana. It appears the females enjoy the banana a lot more than the males :)

Females: https://www.dropbox....ez/IMG_0603.JPG

Males: https://www.dropbox....ak/IMG_0604.JPG

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In my expierence its kinda random... I had about 47 nymphs born on Dec 16th, and they all are molting at completely different times... I have some that have molted about 2 or 3 times already and are almost 2 inches long, but then i have a couple that are still newborn size and have not molted at all yet and still have the dark color. I have also been wondering about it as i thought it extremely odd that some are already so big and some are still so small.

Similar situation here: I brought 8 nymphs home and am keeping them in a jar on the baseboard radiator. 7 nymphs have molted at LEAST 2x, maybe 3x. And then there's the runt, who I don't think has ever molted, even though he is from the same batch and has been in the same conditions. He also has a malformed antennae on one side, so maybe he has other issues as well.

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