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#1 Nathant

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 09:25 AM

   Hello everyone! I am a beginner bug enthusiast from the New England area and I have just recently started to expand my knowledge from ants, to other arthropods like Isopods, and now I want to keep some beetles! As of right now, I am keeping a colony of Tenebrio molitar as feeder and I am awaiting upon around 30 pupae to start off my first generation of beetles! They are fun to watch, but observing them in a substrate of oats and under paper towel cardboard rolls in a container that clouds up view just doesn't cut it for me, so I am looking for a beetle species to keep as a pet, in a cool looking natural setup! Here is what I'm looking for:

 

-They can survive and breed fine in relatively dry to a dry substrate

-Colorful; Not a dull brown or rust color

- Can be kept in coconut fiber and/or sand

-Not hard to catch in my area (Massachusetts)

 

   Any ideas?

 

   Thanks for reading, and hello to anyone here from Formiculture or InsectBoards  ^_^

 

   

 

 


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#2 charx53

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 10:02 AM

Hello and welcome!

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 05:27 PM

Welcome to the forum! You can try to see if you could get your hands on some Death Feigning Beetles (they come in different variants). I'm not sure if you would be able to catch them in the NE areas but they are common online and maybe at some pet stores.

#4 Nathant

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 06:53 PM

Welcome to the forum! You can try to see if you could get your hands on some Death Feigning Beetles (they come in different variants). I'm not sure if you would be able to catch them in the NE areas but they are common online and maybe at some pet stores.


Thanks for the recommendation! I will do some research and look online.

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 04:13 PM

Welcome.

you can always sprinkle some water into your substrate or use a deeeeeep container. the bottom will stay moist for a longer period of time

#6 Nathant

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 05:07 PM

Welcome.

you can always sprinkle some water into your substrate or use a deeeeeep container. the bottom will stay moist for a longer period of time

I said dry becuase I just generally do not want a moist substrate, not becuase it is a trouble watering it. Thanks for the welcome  :)


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#7 Nathant

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 05:08 PM

Hello and welcome!

Hello! Thanks!  :)


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Posted 03 February 2017 - 10:35 AM

Welcome! 



#9 Nathant

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 02:05 PM

Welcome!


Thanks!

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