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  1. Garin

    Light Trap Generator

    There is a group on facebook that just recently discussed light trapping. The group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SWInsects/ Its interesting because one of the guys mentioned using a little black light LED that runs on 3 AAA batteries. He said it was quite effective. Not quite as good as a Bioquip 15 watt black light but maybe 80%? I find that really amazing. This is something that you can put in your pocket! I'll have to give it a try and see how well it works. https://www.100candles.com/i-6446/6-Inch-Octagon-UV-Black-Light-Light-Base?fbclid=IwAR0z-6fCFjrLveJd3uc2E12bhpHo419jMgNgLloP73afPbwdTIc435rMlOQ
  2. Garin

    Light Trap Generator

    I have only collected in California and Arizona and each species is slightly different so I'm not sure about L elaphus and D tityus. However, if D tityus is similar to D grantii as far as attraction to lights, then metal halide would be much better than black light for D tityus. I have a friend that collects D tityus each year and he goes to gas stations, convenience stores, schools, etc. anywhere there are big HID lights. I do collect L mazama and they come to black lights pretty well. Bugboy collects a lot of L elaphus, so he would know the best method. To do a HID setup you have to do a little bit of handy work unless you buy it from Bioquip and its already put together but its really expensive from Bioquip. Its nothing difficult at all but a little bit of wire splicing, mounting the mogul socket to the tripod, etc. There are instructions online if you google it. There are many people on this forum who have done it so we can try to explain it. I'm not that good at giving instructions for things via text. It would be easy to show you.
  3. Garin

    Light Trap Generator

    These are the batteries that I buy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KAEZ6H8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The easiest and very high quality is good ole Bioquip black lights. Used by thousands of collectors for many years. https://www.bioquip.com/secure/shopping_cart.asp?action=1&qty=1&catalog_number=2805 Just put the clips on the gel cell and you are ready to go. A pretty cool setup that I learned from a retired biologist who has collected many rare specimens of beetles is this: You buy an older fluorescent Coleman lantern and replace the bulbs with black light bulbs. Now you have a 12 watt portable black light setup all ready to go. They no longer make these Coleman lanterns but you can buy them used off Ebay for about $25. Then you can buy 6 watt black light bulbs from various bulb places online (the lantern uses 2). These lanterns run off of 2 6v lantern batteries. There are places you can buy rechargeable 6V lantern batteries or you can buy cheap 6V non rechargeable batteries from Walmart. I think 2 for $5. Or, what I have done, there is a port on the side that you can connect to a 12 V gel cell like the one above. He has been collecting for over 30 years and his collection is pretty amazing and he has pretty much only used these lanterns when he goes collecting. He has about 15 of them, so he sets up 15 in various spots. When he collect Dynastes grantii in AZ, he goes to the gas station lights that have HID lights and doesn't use the black lights, I'll explain later. I use a 400 watt metal halide setup plus about 10 portable black lights. The only beetle species that I know of that doesn't seem to be that attracted to the portable black light vs the Metal Halide or Mercury Vapor light is Dynastes granti. I will get about 2 D grantii at a black light but sometimes 50 D grantii at the 400 watt HID on the same night at the same location. Its sort of strange. But I can't think of anything else but I only really collect in AZ and CA so in your area there could be other species that more attracted to HID vs black light. I'm not a moth guy but it appears like a lot more moths comes to the HID lights. However, you will also find that some species are more attracted to regular white fluorescent bulbs vs black light bulbs. He will often use both in a Coleman lantern, 1 black light and 1 regular white light. I know these moth guys that have these amazing setups, 1000 watt HID bulb on a 10 ft pole, 400 watt HID at about 5 ft. a few blacklight tubes hanging from the sheet, a few white fluorescent light tubes hanging from the sheet and a few of the darker black light bulbs. Then they spend 2 hours setting up portable black lights all over the area and sometimes at various elevations up and down the road. Too much work for me, haha. Coleman lantern on Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-COLEMAN-LANTERN-MODEL-5355-P-N-5355H700/401246377827?epid=1322373059&hash=item5d6c25d763:g:09EAAOSwImRYWZZ6 The black light bulbs: https://www.soslightbulbs.com/product/commercial-fluorescent/ushio-f6t5bl-6w-9-fluorescent-black-light/
  4. Garin

    Light Trap Generator

    I use 8 ah gel cells that weigh about 5 lbs. They will run a 15 watt black light for about 5 hours. The advantage of these portable setups is that you can setup many of them in various areas. You can also put them in areas where you can't easily bring a heavy generator. So you can put one in a dry river bed, one in a small canyon, one in an area further up the road at a higher elevation, etc. It's pretty nice.
  5. Garin

    Light Trap Generator

    If you are going run something as large as 400 watts, you will most likely need a generator. You could run it off your car battery with an inverter but then you'll need to keep the car running, which isn't the most efficient. The high end of generators are Honda generators but those run about $900 for a 1000 watt unit. There are cheaper generators at places like Harbor Freight but they are pretty loud. But they are cheap and I have friends who use them. They are about $130. You could also run a few 15 watt black lights and use light weight gel cells that are used for motorcycles and those are only about $20 each for an 8 ah battery. https://www.harborfreight.com/900-watt-max-starting-2-cycle-gas-powered-generator-epacarb-63025.html
  6. Garin

    Strategus aloeus care

    Yes, Mantisfan, the larvae grow fast and are pretty easy. I have raised them on just flake soil and also a combo of flake soil and decayed oak leaves. The adults are quite robust and can live up to a year! Beetle jelly or fruits are fine for the adults. Like some, I have had a difficult time getting eggs. Sometimes I get a few and sometimes none. It's interesting because I have talked to other breeders on this forum who don't have a problem getting eggs. So I'm not really sure what I'm doing wrong. It's too bad because I think it's an awesome beetle.
  7. Garin

    Found beetle larvae - rhino beetle?

    Great job!
  8. Garin

    Phileurus truncatus care

    Wow, 11 generations, that is awesome! Do you mind sharing what your setup is for egg laying? Type of substrate and the depth? Thank you for any suggestions!!
  9. Garin

    Phileurus truncatus care

    In my limited experience (I have only been keeping them for the last 2 years) they are very easy to raise, grow fast and very few deaths if any. I have only used home made flake soil and they did fine just on that. I'm sure rotten wood will work just as well. I feed the adults fresh dead beetles but I'm sure you can feed them other things as well. My only issue was getting them to lay eggs! I still can't them to lay eggs consistently. Sometimes I get eggs, sometimes none. I have read Orin's book about putting in earth worms and I have talked to others who have bred them and they have given me tips but nothing seems to work for me consistently. It's been disappointing. If anybody has been able to breed them consistently through multiple generations, please let me know your methods. They are really cool beetles because the adults live a really long time. Up to 2 years. Just wish I could get eggs consistently. Have fun with them!
  10. Garin

    How to preserve/hold on to substrate

    If you let it dry out, it will stay in the same state for a long, long time. Then when you decide to use it, you can moisten it.
  11. I have heard that during the winter, if you can keep them at temps closer to around 60, they seem to do better. I have only bred L elaphus a few years and have never tried it but this year I put the larvae in the garage which gets pretty cold at night during the winter. They seem to be doing well but it's too early to tell, so I won't know until later. Here is a link to a experienced breeder who was talking about this, as well diapause in the frig which I have never tried either. http://insectnet.proboards.com/thread/3047/method-breeding-lucanus-species#ixzz4QOuvpQWv
  12. Garin

    Are these two the same species?

    Yes, both are H illatus. Male and female as you noted. Cool little beetles and fun to keep. You can feed them fresh dead insects. P truncatus is much larger and both the males and females have horns. My sister lives in Phoenix and for some odd reason, she finds a few in her house each summer.
  13. Rain beetles are pretty cool! Quite a few different species in Southern and Northern California.