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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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  16. I believe the 3rd edition is a reformatted 2nd edition.
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    Rank Settings

    Just like the beetles we keep as pests, our members develop as they grow: Ovum 0 L1 10 L2 30 L3 60 Pupa 100 Beetle 200 Your rank settings are determined by the number of posts you make. Low quality posts that contain little content and just a few words are stongly advised against.
  18. This will be the ultimate expression of the complete guide to breeding beetles series. The book is a compilation in large format and full color. The text includes updates to the rhinoceros, flower, stag, jewel, dung, darkling sections and a new chapter on less commonly kept groups like diving, carrion, tiger, bess, glowworm, and click beetles. Over 300 color photos. 206 pages. Softbound. Of course this isn't a review yet since the book won't be ready to ship for a few weeks.Elytra and Antenna Books
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    Beetle Necklaces

    I went to an Asian market yesterday. I've heard about these markets in different cities for a very long time and went in hopes of finding Giant Water Bugs sold as food (my sister saw them about five years ago in a frozen pack at an Asian market in Arizona) or finding live land snails for food (Helix sp., my friend R. Willis found them at an Asian market in New York a while back). Unfortunately I didn't find any neat dead or live insects or snails but I did get to see some type of live giant cecelians along with live softshell turtles, frogs, tilapia, blue crabs, dungeness crabs and marine snails. There was a vast variety of dried marine shrimps and shellfish, some strange small frozen crabs and an amazing variety of frozen and dried fish. Probably the neatest thing I saw was a fat, round, orange squid about the size of a football near the baked duck. The only insects I ran across were in a small jewelry stand inside plastic necklaces, I've seen these necklaces before with African beetles inside but these were Asian beetles (notice the Dicranocephalus males on left and third from the right). The central stag may be Odontolabis and the stag on the right Prosopocoilus. The two that are really hard to make out are cicadas, not beetles. I was hoping to get many pics of the food but was told no photos after taking the barely in focus jewelry pic.
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    Beetle Books?

    I stopped short of asking you to explain but you are welcome to express your opinion. I'm glad you like For the Love of Rhinoceros and Stag Beetles.
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    Beetle Books?

    The big hardcover amblypygid book (not the old, small booklet)?
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    Beetle Books?

    What books do you have?
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    Beetle Books?

    You will like "For the Love of Rhinoceros Beetles and Stags" but keep in mind my chapters in that book were written in 1999 so they contain less and slightly dated info. You can read some explanations on For the Love of.. in the intro to the Ultimate Guide to Breeding Beetles.
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    hi from the UK !

    Your larva is hairy like a Xylotrupes. I'd dig that pupa out of the dirt, they are not normally sorrounded by dirt (your substrate was too loose for a pupal cell) and the submersion can lead to death.
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    Miracle Usambara by Jon Lai

    Great book.