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    Meloe active near winter

    I got a female to lay eggs about 5 years ago. I put her in a small deli cup with a piece of strawberry (I had no idea what she was) and the next thing I knew there was a glob of eggs next to her. I'll try to dig up a picture if I have one.
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    Eleodes sp. + Zophobas morio

    I've had several adult E. a. acuticauda for over a year now. The obscurus adults were caught last fall and most are still going strong. I'd be inclined to think a year is a good minimum age for most Eleodes species.
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    Eleodes (don't know exact species)

    Eleodes longicollis? Whatever they are they're cute.
  4. I'm not much of a beetle person, but how can you not love darklings? Eleodes acuticauda acuticauda Eleodes acuticauda laticollis Apparently they're trying it "cockroach style." Zophobas morio I've been selectively breeding these for size the last few years. Eleodes obscurus The best part of keeping beetles... Larvae! Captive bred obscurus pupa.
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    Turned the porch light ont

    First species looks like the northern masked chafer, Cyclocephala borealis, and the second looks like a small species of Melolonthinae, or June/May beetles. The latter really love to strip the leaves off the cherry tree in my backyard. >_>
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    Massive Rove Beetle

    I'm pretty sure this specimen is immature. I've seen Tasgius species around here and these monster dwarf them. I figured they could be hairy rove beetle larvae but these are even larger than those.
  7. I found these in the compost bin of a local community gardening project. They are massive. I may have seen an adult 2 years ago and if I recall correctly they are just as impressive. I hope to collect more (I have 2 still alive, 2 others died possibly due to collection-related injuries ): ) If they're like other rove beetles breeding them should be easy! Any ideas on an ID?
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    Alphitobius diaperinus

    Yep, and by morning it was gone!
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    Alphitobius diaperinus

    I've been keeping these for the past year. They work great in my roach colonies as clean-up crews. In some cases they outbreed the roaches...
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    Larva ID

    Does it look like it still needs to eat or is it getting ready to pupate and thus won't need food?
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    Zelus luridis

    No idea. I had a WC female who laid at least 12 egg clusters that hatched after roughly 2.5 weeks. I would mist them every 2-4 days. I kept the young in modified 8 oz cups with fabric screening for ventilation. They grew so fast and took over so many containers I got tired of them and released them in my yard (where I found the female.) I used fruit flies to effectively feed large groups of 30+ nymphs but if I didn't feed regularly they'd cannibalize. I also managed to rear them in groups of 3-10 using crushed mealworms /pupae. I wish I would have kept a few; they're very neat.
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    Larva ID

    My friend found this in a rotting log in close proximity to some Cryptocercus sp. wood roaches. Any ideas what it is? Care suggestions?
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    GlowWorm (beetle)

    That is one sick beetle! If only I had more millipedes around... lol
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    Bug Dreams Anyone?

    I have dreams about roaches all the time... My favorite was a dream about all my bins tipping over and all the roaches scurrying out; oddly I wasn't terrified but more like "Aww man! Now I have to sort them all!" The latest one was about getting a shipment of roaches in. The next day the shipment came in. lol Like a dream come true~!
  15. My Osmoderma were doing fairly poorly (I lost one to unknown causes; it may have starved unfortunately) on the wood I had been giving them, so I decided to go out a'searchin' for wood. I went to an area about 2 miles from my house that has a good stag beetle population, however the areas I could reach flood over every spring so the wood never has any larvae in it. I collected a few hunks of wood that looked a tad bit decayed and offered it to my Osmos; At first I found them in the original wood I gave them, but today a checked and all 3 of them have found their way into the new wood and are just DEVOURING it. Just thought I'd share my success story; There is PLENTY of wood in the flooded area so I should be able to keep them fed for many generations.