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    Dynastes hyllus hyllus - Pupating Question

    Delays are usually related to substandard substrate.
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    Hi, new here

    Good luck!
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    Phileurus truncatus care

    I have kept 11 consecutive generations and sometimes it is very difficult to get eggs or they wait till the next year (11 generations (7 and 4) spanning 14-16 years). Many times you get a bunch. As for rearing larvae they are somewhat easy anything that will damage other rhinos will probably kill them (like too dry of substrate, lousy substrate, substrate that is too shallow or loose and prevents pupal cell formation, worms in the larval substrate, etc.).
  4. Keep in mind that Dynastes tityus is native to your state and a very nice beetle.
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    Excited to join the community

    Welcome Irfin, There is a Megasoma rhinoceros beetle native to California that I have seen available as larvae from time to time.
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    New to beetle breeding.

    Those are very easy to grow up but they are likely to die as pupae and it is probable they are F1 even if you are told otherwise. You can reduce the percentage of them dying as pupae by keeping them well ventilated. Certain foods may make a difference but it has little to do with the size or health of the larvae. The way to keep them going a few generations is to have a lot and expect high cell losses. Don't get discouraged since if you get polyphemus or torquata you won't have the same trouble and some of those stocks really are 25 years old.
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    Allomyrina dichotoma male L3 larva

    I am curious where you got them if you didn't get the last ones. You can pm me if you don't want to post vendor data.
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    Found beetle larvae - rhino beetle?

    I should add I have reared this species in the past and currently have L3.
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    Found beetle larvae - rhino beetle?

    I would guess H. illatus if you're in the right area since they are about the right size, have the shape of dynastid larvae and the head capsule up top looks like the right texture (H. illatus head capsules have a very rough appearance).
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    Favorite animal and why?

    Yes, that book. My uncle gave me a copy for my 7th birthday and I read every species description over and over again, but especially the beetles.
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    Favorite animal and why?

    Eastern Hercules Beetle Dynastes tityus - it was my most coveted beetle as a child, firstfrom line drawings in a Charles Papp insect book.
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    Goliathus Husbandry: Day 20 [Video]

    The first video was 2 but this one was more?
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    Hello from Japan!

    Welcome! My daughter is living in Japan but I can't convince her to keep beetles (I did get her to check out some pet supplies and shops).
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    Osmoderma ermicola larval stages

    If the larvae are 2" they are probably L3. Assuming L3 they should make pupal cells around March. Do not refrigerate.
  15. If you haven't fed them well on live prey for the last couple months it's too late in the year to be able to get them ready. Most likely you won't get eggs from them until next August.
  16. That's what I figured since you probably have mostly females just because that is the way this species is. Females can have huge horns, major males have a different horn structure but you can't tell at all with horns on medium to small specimens.
  17. How are you sexing them? There are normally more females than males.
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    Let's get to know each other!

    Welcome! I would love to see Goliathus larvae and adults available. I wish you good luck.
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    Figeater Beetles - General Questions

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    Figeater Beetles - General Questions

    The eggs are super easy to get and the larvae are super easy to rear, it's the pupation that is difficult.
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    Hello from Georgia! (USA)

    Are you buying the larvae or collecting? I'd suggest trying to find the older high-yellow stock but the old gray-green stock is pretty hardy. There's a bit of time investment so what you start with may be what you end with. This is what the yellow stock looks like though the cover scan looks a little oversaturated https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Rearing-Eastern-Hercules-Beetle/dp/0980240107
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    Hello from Connecticut

    Welcome! You'll probably have to travel south to find elaphus
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    Hello from the UK!

    Welcome! You can probably find the male in the closest crevice to the food dish.
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    Greetings from Florida!

    Welcome, you have a few of our nicest beetles in FL.
  25. I believe the 3rd edition is a reformatted 2nd edition.