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  1. Garin

    Purchase of stag beetles

    A friend of mine who is a very experienced breeder has told me that Lucanus mazama is one of the easiest stags to raise. Peter and others will probably have larvae available in the fall. (bugsincyberspace.com). I know that Peter will also have Luncanus elaphus but not sure if that is considered easy or hard.
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    Megasoma punctulatus pupae

    Sorry, I have no idea because I wasn't paying attention to the pupal cell and when it eclosed. I just noticed one day a beetle roaming around on top. However, I don't think it's very long. Goliathus would know, he has been breeding them for awhile and is very detailed in his observations. Yes, it could be the heat. Good luck and keep us posted when it starts to become active and starts eating. I was surprised at how much they eat. (beetle jelly)
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    Megasoma punctulatus pupae

    Really nice pics. I also had 3 eclose last week. I checked the deli containers and there were beetles walking around on top. I didn't get to see the action since I never removed them from their original pupal cells. It's interesting that they are eclosing in June when in the wild they are generally not flying until late July.
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    Strategus aloeus

    Yes, they grow really fast. They actually reach full larvae size in a few months, it's sort of strange. I think they reached L3 in about 2 months.
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    Strategus aloeus

    A few of my S aloeus emerged this week! This is a great species if you are impatient like me. They grow super fast and become adults in about 9 months. Very easy to care for.
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    Longhorn beetle (Plinthocoelium suaveolens)

    Awesome bycid! You are having a great year in your backyard!
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    Cactus Long Horn Beetles

    Yes, thanks
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    I love those carabids. I often see them in Madera Canyon running across the road. Sometimes they are just all black but sometimes they have that cool metallic green outline.
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    Hello from Southern Arizona!

    Southern Arizona, one of the most awesome places for insects in the country! You are so lucky! Welcome to the forum!
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    Jewel beetle (Buprestis rufipes)

    Wow, nice! Treasure in your backyard!
  11. Garin

    Cactus Long Horn Beetles

    Caught a few C palmeri in Southern California. I'm excited to see if I can breed these. Please post if you have any tips in regards to this species. Thanks!
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    C gloriosa emerged

    Yes, the colors are amazing. Do you need larvae or adults? I should have more adults soon as they emerge but I'm not sure how to sex them. Life still overwhelming in the Amazon?
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    C gloriosa emerged

    Yes, I do. Unfortunately no detailed information on dealing with the difficulties of C beyeri.
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    C gloriosa emerged

    Hi Shade, great to hear from you as always. I'll be sure to add the fresh Juniper especially the tender, new growth. Fortunately I have a few big Junipers in my yard. It does seem like Chrysina is a bit more challenging than the other US species that are commonly raised. I have heard from a couple of breeders that C beyeri is a big challenge to get to pupate. Anybody get C beyeri to successfully pupate? I have asked this question before and I received no responses so I assume the answer is no. I am going to get the 3 different Chrysinas this summer from Arizona so I'm going to give it a try. Do you have any suggestions on what I might try? Thanks, Garin
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    C gloriosa emerged

    Don't worry, now that your heat problem is solved. You will have many beautiful beetles in the future.