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    How to Find Beetles

    The best way to find the beetles you're looking for is to shine a mercury vapor (MV) light on a sheet in the woods. The beetles, along with moths, will land on the sheet. You'll need a generator to power the light. If you don't want to spend money on a light rig, look for brightly lit gas stations (or other buildings) that are in rural areas. In the past, most of them had MV lights that attracted lots of insects. Unfortunately most have switched to LED lights, which don't attract much of anything. If you are able to find a building that still has MV lights, check it frequently. Some nights will be very good, others not so good. I have collected lots of the species you mentioned by gas-station hopping.
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    Heading to Texas!

    The best way to collect Gymnetis caseyi is with a bait trap. Otherwise, you are not likely to see them. I usually mix brown sugar & water. You can add bananas, peaches, or other fruit. Beer & yeast help with fermentation. Works well for that species, as well as for cerambycidae. Callona rimosa will be emerging in early May. Look for them on Mesquite trees (they spend their larval stages in the roots).
  3. Here's another good link: http://texasento.net/Ironclad.html
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    Arizona beetles

    Payson, AZ is the best-known place to collect D. granti. Late Aug to early Sept is the best time. You probably won't see them in June or July. If you want to collect both Chrysina and moths by the bucketful, go to southeast AZ during the monsoon season (late July to early August) Here's a link: http://nitro.biosci.arizona.edu/zEEB/butterflies/AZLeps.html
  5. I've found them at Inks Lake State Park. http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/inks-lake Collecting in state parks is not permitted, but you should be able to find them outside the park. Other places to find them are Lake Somerville State Park in Burleson County and the small town of San Leanna in Travis County (Austin vicinity). Bugguide.com and Texasento.com should help with other locations.
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    Dung Beetles

    Depending on where you live, you can catch other species by using a pitfall trap (baited with dung).
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    Autism and me

    If you're not already familiar with it, here's a mantis website: http://www.usamantis.com/
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    Dung Beetles

    I don't know what's "available", but some of the showier and larger US species are Phanaeus vindex, P difformis, P amithaon, P quadridens, P triangularis, P adonis, Dichotomius carolinus, Deltochilum gibbosum. There are more, but I can't think of them at the moment.
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    First D. tityus out!

    What did you feed those beetles? 65mm is huge for that species. The biggest one I have is 60mm (wild caught in Florida). Show more pix!
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    How to join?

    OK, I guess I'm approved. Thanks.
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    Hi from texas!

    Stagparty, Where in Texas do you live? I'm a beetle collector in Houston. I'm also an amateur artist, although I've never painted beetles. Maybe I should start. There is a small group of collectors in the area who I collect with. Most of us also collect lepidoptera.