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  1. Garin

    lucanus elaphus emergence time?

    Yes, that is totally normal for Lucanus, it's called diapause. Most scarabs will emerge to the surface soon after elcosing but Lucanus will stay in its pupal cell until its the right time of the season to emerge. Generally that is around late May, June. I currently also have many adult Lucanus beetles in their pupal cells in diapause. So as Ratmosphere says "Just leave em be bro". They will eventually emerge from their pupal cells and then you can feed them. Have fun!
  2. Garin

    Pupal chamber destroyed

    Make another one and put the pupa or larvae back in. Usually you can form one using the same substrate. Especially if the substrate is fine enough and clay like. I have heard of others using floral foam to make a pupal cell.
  3. Garin

    dynastes tityus Larva

    The potting soil. Dynastes is not that picky. I have heard of people raising Dynastes on potting soil alone. Probably not the healthiest way to raise them but it can work.
  4. Garin

    BDFB Larva starting to Pupate

    That's a great accomplishment! Those beetles are more difficult than others, so if you get an adult, that is fantastic. I have heard that high temps are the key. Good luck and keep us posted!
  5. Are you constantly mixing it? Twice a day is good at the beginning. Mix it up really well and keep doing that twice a day and the mold will go away.
  6. If you can, heat the room to at least 70. I think the acidic smell is the fermentation, generally the oak pellets have a very nice pleasant aroma. So I think it's working. Do you have any larvae frass? You can add some frass and that also works like the yeast.
  7. For me it generally gets warm within 24 hours. However, depending on your temperatures and how much you are doing at a time, it may not be that warm. However, you should smell a stinky smell. For some it's like a wine smell and for others it's a little bit of a rotten smell. If you are getting a smell, you are doing ok. If nothing, maybe your temperatures are too low?
  8. Garin


    Thanks for sharing Carl, where did you buy it?
  9. Wow, sounds interesting. I have not done this but I think it would work. Regardless, I say give it a try and please post some pictures. Blues love to explore so I'm sure they will enjoy your amazing setup.
  10. Garin

    Gymnetis thula

    Its all smooth sailing from here! Great job!
  11. Garin

    My First Scarab Pupae!

    Don't worry about AZ. I drove all the way to Payson from Nogales because I heard the D granti were flying early and we got rained out. 6 hours of driving for nothing. AZ has had a lot (too much) rain this summer. Congrats on your caseyi!
  12. Garin

    Finding beetles

    I have a friend that collects stag beetles at gas station lights, store lights, etc and does pretty well. A nice warming evening after a rain and no moon or very little moon is best. Unless of course there is cloud cover than the moon is not a factor. Good luck and have fun!
  13. Garin

    Hello from PNW

    Welcome to the beetle forum Jess! I hope you enjoy your time here.
  14. Garin

    Finding beetles

    I don't know your location but in Arizona and California, the easiest way to catch big beetles is setting up your own light or going to bright lights at gas stations, etc at night. You may even be able to find some nice stuff at your porch light on nice warm night. Check out some gas station lights in remote areas and see what you find.
  15. Garin

    My First Scarab Pupae!

    Congratulations! Things are turning around for you as expected!