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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Rain beetles are pretty cool! Quite a few different species in Southern and Northern California.
  5. Garin

    Dynastes tityus Pair

    Beautiful! I love Dynastes.
  6. I have raised them but I always have difficulty getting eggs from the WC adults. I currently have 6 females and 8 males raised from WC adults I caught last year in Arizona. Egg to adult is very easy with no deaths. However, trying to get eggs from the adults of both the captive bred and WC adults have been difficult for me and hit or miss. I tried the things mentioned by others and books. Live earthworms, pupa, a variety of foods. Wood chips with flake soil, oak leaves, etc.
  7. Oops, please discard this post

  8. Garin

    Strategus aloeus male pupa plates

    Wow, great photos!
  9. Yes, they are out now. Check gas station lights, etc or set up your own lights. That's the easiest way to find them. Have fun!
  10. This is just my opinion and I'm not an expert like the others who have posted here but I think its best to leave the Dynastes eggs alone for at least a few days after laid. On some species, I try not to disturb them at all and wait for larvae. Lucanus and Chrysina eggs can be extremely sensitive and easily damaged, I have learned the hard way. I would leave the female undisturbed in the the 5 gallon bin for at least a week, then move the female to another bin. Wait a few days after moving the female then check for eggs. I think just less chance of damage to the fragile eggs. However, it could be fine as well but just my 2 cents worth. Have fun, I'm almost positive you will get some eggs.
  11. I definitely agree with the above comments. If it's wild caught females, 90% of the time they will lay some eggs. Sometimes a lot if they haven't already laid a bunch or sometimes not as much if it's later in their life. Especially for Dynastes. Some other species is not so easy. Sometimes I have had issues getting eggs from C gloriosa and Strategus aloeus. Dynastes is one of the easier ones for sure.
  12. Garin

    Last Night Collections

    Wow, nice night! Love those species. Especially A aloeus and P truncatus. For some reason I have had a very difficult time trying to get eggs from S aloeus. One year it went ok, last year I had over 10 females and no eggs at all! I tried all different kinds of substrate but nothing seem to work. Have you bred S aloeus? Any tips? It was very frustrating. Thanks!
  13. Garin

    Phileurus truncatus Inactive Adult Period

    They are totally fine being played with and are very robust. I even had one escape his container for a few days. It was on a pretty high shelf so I'm pretty sure it dropped from a good distance. My my son found it wandering around the house a few days later and it was fine.
  14. Garin

    Phileurus truncatus Inactive Adult Period

    In my experience they come out pretty fast, unlike some other species like Luncanus that takes forever. Yes, do exactly like you said in your last sentence and you are good to go. That's what I did and all of mine are healthy and eating and doing well. Have fun, they are s pretty cool beetles and live a long time. What area do you live in? I caught mine in Arizona.