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  1. Garin

    C gloriosa emerged

    I had a few C gloriosa emerge this last week. They can came out perfect which actually was a little bit of a surprise because I had a few die in the very late L3 stage. Chyrsina for me, just seems a little more difficult than the others like Dynastes, Strategus, Lucanus, Megasoma, etc. Does anyone know how long it takes before they eat and mate? I assume it's pretty quick? 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.
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    Thoughts on new layout?

    The main issue for me is that for some odd reason the font is extremely light. I can barely read it on my screen. Maybe I'm just getting old, haha.
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    Mecynorrhina hatched out

    Congrats! Now I'm not sure what is more exciting, having your first exotic beetle emerge or being able to see it while you are in another state! Web cam?
  8. Did they turn black after you pinned them? I have no experience with D tityus but with D granti if you pin it through the elytra, they will often turn black because the oils from their fat deposits come out when you pin it. If that happens with D granti, you have to degrease them with acetone. There are many discussions on the insect forum about degreasing. If you did not pin it and turned more black after drying out, I don't know what that is. I have not seen that in D granti.
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    Phanaeus vindex

    Only in your mind?? haha, Thanks bugboy for making my day. I was reading that at work and literally laughed so hard someone asked what I was reading.
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    Phanaeus vindex

    If you have access to horse poop, that works really well. So if you live near horse stables, you are good to go.
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    Megasoma Sleeperi Larvae

    I did some quick measurements. Not easy to do without feeling like you are really bothering them. L3 looks like about 8mm. L2 about 5mm. I don't have any L1's left, so I'm guesing about 2-3 mm, very small. So if you measure the head capsule and its about 5 mm, it's most likely L2. Goliathus is very meticulous in his observations so maybe he has some measurements as well.
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    Pitfall traps

    Collecting has a lot do with timing and thus a little luck helps as well. Many species are only out in number for a few weeks and they they are gone. I am not a Lep guy but I have friends that catch leps by setting traps with bait, fermented fruit, etc. This helps a lot with those species that fly fast and you chase them like mad as they laugh at you. Maybe check out the insect forum, there are mainly lep guys there and they seem to know all the tricks for catching butterflies and moths. But remember that the location and time of year is critical for many species. Each year my friends and I go to a location in So Calif in the spring to collect a small scarab called Paracotalpa deserta. It flys for about one week in good numbers. One year we went and we saw hundreds. I went back one week later and I saw 2. Collecting can be difficult. So just be patient and try different places at different times and try to gather as much information as possible on location, date, and how to collect them. That is really the key. For example, let's say you want Dynastes granti. You must know where to go, how to collect them, and what is the date range. If you go a few weeks early or late, you likely get nothing. You go at the peak time and the exact location, you may see 50 at the store lights. The more you go out collecting, the more you will learn, where, when and how. You have to enjoy the journey and the learning process. Any true collector will tell you that they have been skunked many, many times.
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    Megasoma Sleeperi Larvae

    How many mm is the head capsule? I have some that are definitely L2, so later this weekend I'll measure the head capsule and let you know the size. I also have some that are L3 so I'll measure those as well. I don't have any L1's so not sure what that size is but obviously if we know L2 then we know anything smaller is L1, haha. Of course very difficult to tell from a picture because there is nothing for scale. Since they are at least 3 months old, I would think they have to be L2 by now. (you had them over 2 months and Peter had them around a month).
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    Dynastes tityus

    Thank you again for all the great information. I'm sure this is extremely helpful for the entire hobby. Great photo showing the contrasting colors. I think I know what you mean regarding the fungal threads. I have occasionally seen that develop in my containers and I will usually then resterilize the substrate to kill off the fungi because I thought it would not be good for the larvae. Copper Canyon is near Montezuma pass on Montezuma Canyon Rd. A great place for collecting all types of beetles. I'll keep a lookout for those species. Those are some amazing looking scarabs. Thanks again and please keep us updated with photos of your other larvae.
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    Dynastes tityus

    Thank you again for sharing some great information. One of my favorite places to collect each summer is southern AZ. I plan to collect in the southeast areas like Miller Canyon, Copper Canyon and Carr Canyon. I know those species are the less common ones but if I come across them, I will get them for you. Last question, what do you mean by fungal hyphae growing? I find that knowing when the substrate is fully mature has always been a little confusing. I tend to go by the color (very dark or black), earthy smell or no odor at all, time (3 or more months) and the feel of the sawdust (very soft, no rough corners, sort of like wet newspaper) and then I put some in a large container with regular substrate and see if the larvae avoid it or do they eat it. I wish there was just an easy test that would give the results. Thanks!
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    Dynastes tityus

    Thank you Goliathus for your detailed explanations! Very interesting and helpful. Much appreciated. What other beetles are you currently breeding? I am now trying to convert my larvae to fermented sawdust only. In the past I have used a combination of fermented sawdust and oak leaves but it's much easier to just use the fermented sawdust. It's interesting that you mention a 50/50 blend of naturally decayed wood flakes and the fermented sawdust. I know another very experienced breeder who does the same. Unfortunately, I don't have access to naturally decayed wood. Do you feel that the naturally decayed wood offers a big benefit that the fermented sawdust does not? It's a very interesting topic that is not often discussed. Thanks again!
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    Dynastes tityus

    Thank you for your post, great pictures! That is amazing that you have been raising D tityus for 16 years from one pair of adults! Great work! I have talked to more beetle breeders lately that are raising their Scarabs on 100% flake soil (sub made from fermented wood pellets). In the past, they have used a combination of flake soil and oak leaves but have found it not necessary to add oak leaves any more. Have you found this to be true as well? Do you add any protein supplements to get such big size or do you just use the fermented sawdust? How long does your D tityus stay in diapause before you are able to mate them? Sorry for so many questions but I raising the same beetle for 16 years is quite an accomplishment. Thank you!
  18. There is Hemiphileurus illatus and Phileurus truncatus that are known to live a long time as adults. I think Orin mentions a year or more? I know they are not as spectacular as Dynates and Lucanus but still pretty cool.
  19. Nice larvae! Welcome to the forum?
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    Megasoma punctulatus Surfacing

    Just another thought. Are you filtering the tap water? Tap water has quite a bit of chlorine to kill bacteria, etc and I have read that it's not good to use chlorinated water to moisten the sub. Filtered water or bottled water I have heard is better. However, I'm not really sure if this has any real affect but I have always used filtered non chlorinated water to moisten the sub.
  21. That's really interesting that the head capsule is growing during L1. I have never seen that. But then again, I don't really measure it. I just can tell that all the L1 head capsules are "about" the same size. There is quite a noticeable size difference in the head capsule from L1 to L2 and L3. In your picture, my vote would definitely be L2. The head capsule on L1's are very small. Usually only a few mm.
  22. Just make sure you buy enough larvae to put the odds in your favor. First you need to have the odds that you have a male and a female. Then you have the odds of the larvae making it to adult. As you know, having a death between larvae and adult happens. Then the timing of the female and male emerging at the same time so they can mate. I'll let the experts with Lucanus give their opinion on how many larvae you need to start with in order to have a good chance at getting a 2nd generation.
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    D. tityus Behavior

    I had my Strategus aloeus do the same thing. It actually got really messy because they would sit in the jelly and pull out jelly and soon there was jelly all over the substrate. I would put in more jelly and it would repeat over and over. The substrate became really wet and mushy after a few weeks. Is there any way to prevent this? I tried using one of those jelly holders but they would still get into the jelly and pull it out and bury it in the substrate.
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    D. tityus Behavior

    haha, it's easy to chill out when you live in the Amazon rain forest. But yeah, it's totally normal, D granti eat like crazy. When I was raising D granti they would often just sit in the stuff and eat like pigs. It's a good thing, they are healthy.
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    Homosexuality in beetles?

    I can understand, Peter has very sexy hands.
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