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

    Dynastes tityus Pair

    Beautiful! I love Dynastes.
  8. 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.
  9. Garin

    Strategus aloeus male pupa plates

    Wow, great photos!
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Not sure if you follow the facebook group SWArthropods but judging by the posts, M magnificus had a really good year last summer. There were many collectors that found them. There was even one lady who found one on the windshield of her car! So I guess it was just a good year for them. I know one collector who lives in Tucson and he caught quite a few a few years ago. He was telling me that since he has the host plant in his backyard, he let some loose in his backyard in hopes they would breed and they did! So he know has M magnficus breeding in his backyard. He seems to really know a lot about that species so if you want his info, I can forward you his information. I guess even though they supposedly only come out once every 3 years, each region of AZ is on a different cycle so if you hit the right region, you can get them no matter what year you go. There is a guy on facebook who lives in AZ and he tracks all the regions they are appearing each summer so he knows which region should have an emergence each summer. I'm not really into long horns but I did think all the information about the beetle was interesting. It must be awesome to find stuff like this in your backyard! I live in the city (Los Angeles area) so I can't even imagine that.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Garin

    D tityus emerged!

    A real beauty! Great job!
  20. Garin

    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.
  21. Garin

    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!
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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.