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  1. Garin

    Cactus Long Horn Beetle emerged

    I had some build pupal cells and others that just pupated on top. I wasn't very good at keeping track of how long things took with these guys. However, I got the adults in July 2018 and they laid eggs right away. So it did take awhile to get the adults. I thought it would have been much faster and sort of gave up. I "think" you will have adult beetles in a month or so.
  2. This is my first time raising Cactus Long Horns (M gigas). I caught the adult beetls in Arizona last summer and the first new adult emerged today. On the left is a pupa that has not emerged yet. Some of the adults from last summer are still alive, so they appear to pretty long lived.
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    D tityus emerged!

    A real beauty! Great job!
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    L elaphus male pupa

    Good job! You are on a roll! What a difference this year is than last year. You see, you weren't doing such a bad job after all. You just had some bad luck.
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    Cactus Long Horn Beetle emerged

    Thanks! Make sure to keep some of the substrate very moist. I found they won't lay eggs if the sand is not moist. The sand that was dry had no eggs. I kept them at room temp and did not add heat but my house stays around 70 the whole year due to someone always being home. If you ever want to try, let me know. I generally see them each year in AZ. Sounds great with regards to the C woodi! Awesome species. Thanks!
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
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    Thanks for sharing Carl, where did you buy it?
  14. 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.
  15. Garin

    Gymnetis thula

    Its all smooth sailing from here! Great job!
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    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!
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    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!
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    Hello from PNW

    Welcome to the beetle forum Jess! I hope you enjoy your time here.
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    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.
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    My First Scarab Pupae!

    Congratulations! Things are turning around for you as expected!
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    Moneilema gigas (cactus longhorn)

    In Arizona, I have found them pretty much anytime. Day, night, etc. Because each time I went the weather and conditions were slightly different it's hard for me to say for sure whether I felt a certain time was better than the other. I think night is a little better but it's much easier to collect them when it's day light so you end up being more productive, if that makes sense. Walking around with a flash light among lots of cholla cactus is definitely not as easy as the daytime. There is also lots of it on the ground so make sure you are wearing boots. Those nasty thorns will go right through soft covered shoes. Of course, good long tweezers is a must. In their more active times, you will find more mating pairs. During the day, they will often be more toward the center of the cholla or the under branches as opposed to right on top. I don't think they submerge under the soil but stay on the cactus all the time, so it's just a matter of looking a little bit harder when they are less active. Oh, you probably know this but you can feed them prickly pear cactus even though you will often them on Cholla (you will also find them on prickly pear in the same location but I generally find them on Cholla more often). Prickly pear is much easier to handle. If you are out in the field and don't have access to prickly pear, you can feed them the little round flower buds that are at the tips of the cholla (see below picture). You can find some of these flower buds with no thorns on them and they are easy to just pick off with your hand. Great way to gather food for them without spiking yourself to death, haha.
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    Pasimachus californicus

    Cool beetles, I saw quite a few this year on my last trip to southern AZ. I finally found one with the green metallic outline. I have never tried breeding them, keep us posted.
  23. Any scarab that I am trying to keep alive?
  24. I'm no expert at the degreasing thing but when I did my D granti, I was told to totally submerge the specimen and let it soak a day or 2. If it's still a little dark, repeat. It did work for most of them but some still stayed black.
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    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.