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    Beetles of course - especially Carabidae, Tenebrionidae, and aquatics


    Biogeography, Phylogeography, Conservation

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  1. JWRay

    Collecting Goals

    There are always new goals! This year I hope to add at least 5 new species of Chlaenius to my collection (1 so far). I also would like to find a few new species of Cicindelidae I dont have (1 so far also). I will be in AZ for tens days starting this weekend, hoping to get some C. purpurea at high elevations on Mount Graham. Maybe another Pasimachus viridans. And now that I know where to find them, I hope to find some pill millipedes on my late summer trip up to northern CA.
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    Having Trouble Locating

    Oh, one more thing. I didn't realize before, but based on your other thread you are collecting in Maryland? I didn't notice they were both your threads previously. I don't know all that much about Dynastes, but Beetle-Experience is a substantial distance south of you. It might still be a shade on the early side up in your neck of the woods. I dug through BugGuide records, and the earliest I see them pop up on there are early July and continuing through Sept. The earliest one from WV was also early July. Now as you head south, earlier records pop up. Virginia has quite a few June records and oddly enough an adult pic that says its from mid May. But anyhow, hopefully if you keep up your efforts and the season progresses a little later maybe they will become more abundant and you will snag some.
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    Having Trouble Locating

    Cool. Now there are a few species of Chlaenius that come to lights - C. orbus & C. tomentosus for instance. So if you see any Chlaenius CATCH THEM AND LETS MAKE A DEAL! Check out my wanted ad for details.
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    Having Trouble Locating

    Driving around and checking random lights in forested rural areas really is most likely your best bet. It is one of the best ways to catch lots of different beetles. I have to say that quite a few of my best finds or most memorable evenings have been at random gas stations, high school parking lots, rest areas, and churches on a hot midsummer night catching bugs.
  5. Another option you can use is a 3rd party image hosting site. I post my images via a free Photobucket account. You just upload your pictures to Photobucket, and they provide a list of website compatible links. Simply cut and paste the appropriate link and POOF pictures! I know its an extra step and all, but it works and is pretty simple.
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    Recent Finds in Jefferson MD

    If you are still out doing any bug hunting in Maryland and you come across any Chlaenius, let me know! Maybe we can work out a deal. Check out my thread in the trade area for the details: http://beetleforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=2793&do=findComment&comment=15765
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    Hi from France

    Welcome to the boards, Julien. Glad you found your way back to beetles, they are so diverse its hard to stop once you are in. What species of Pachnoda have you had?
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    Embaphion muricatum

    Did you do anything special get them to breed, or just typical darkling care?
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    Mole Cricket

    Yeah, mole crickets are pretty crazy looking creatures. We used to find them in Texas under parking lot lights at night during mid-summer. But I never really saw more then a handful any given year. Not sure what species this one is, but I know there are a few natives in the US and one invasive from Europe.
  10. A few more interesting finds on the trip: Caught a handful of these giant beasts - Pterostichus lama perhaps. Stinky dudes, that is for sure. And of course not a beetle but still really cool. We found a few of these guys, which I think are in the genus Californiulus.
  11. Cool, thanks for the ID. I hadn't found time to key them out yet, so I had no clue what genus they were in. Not really sure what kind of captive care requirements they have, but we shall see how they do.
  12. Just got back from a weekend trip to the Kernville area to collect some bugs with good ole' Peter, and we had another successful adventure! Here are a few of the beetle finds: Some Tenebs in their new home. A closeup. These guys were very abundant after dark on & under the bark of fallen conifers around 4500 feet in elevation. I believe this guy is a Nyctoporis. They were found sparsely in a wide variety of areas, but were abundant after dark in riparian areas at lower elevations along the Kern River. While I haven't keyed it out, I assume this is Omus californicus. Omus were abundant in many areas. I have a few specimens that have smooth elytra, which seems to rule out O. californicus. I will try to key those out once I have a chance. Of course, there was a LOT more stuff around. I will post more pictures later this week.
  13. Very cool. I would be interested in seeing the set up if you ever got the photo issue cleared up.
  14. JWRay

    New here!

    Welcome! By beetle collection, are you interested in live beetle pets, or preserved specimens? There are plenty of people on here interested in both, so toss up any questions you have and I am sure someone can help!
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    Importing beetles in CA

    That might be a bit far-fetched, but we do have a long history of 'harmless' introductions that turn out very bad in the end. It is very difficult to predict the outcome of a new species in an ecosystem. But there are plenty of devastating examples of intentional introductions gone bad - like kudzu and starling. Hawaii is not alone, invasives are a huge problem in California too. CA is having a very hard time dealing with many invaders - such as brown headed cowbirds, and the new nemesis polyphagous shot hole borer, bullfrogs, bass & sunfish, the list goes on. And of course we have tons and tons of invasive arundo, eucalyptus, pepper, and palm trees (most of our palm trees in CA are also non-native). Take a walk anywhere around southern CA and the landscape seems dominated by invasive plants. Across the nation we are contending with emerald ash borers and asian long horned beetles, zebra and quagga mussels, the huge asian carp issue in the midwest, the list is endless. Now, I have a hard time seeing how a stag beetle could have any sort of impact on the scale of those species I mentioned, but I certainly would err on the side of caution and say its a bad idea.