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    Geotrupes sp. in captivity?

    Davehuth, I have worked with a similar species here (Louisiana). If you use cow or horse dung it really doesn't smell for very long (dry dung would not work well). You could also try banana slices if you can't manage dung - but just for keeping adults alive, they will not lay eggs on banana. When I was working on the dung beetle book, I kept large plastic breeding totes in a spare bathroom and never noticed the smell in any other room. I DO NOT suggest using human or dog. Both work great for collecting in the field but would not be pleasant to work with in captivity. I could make a list of reasons why you shouldn't use these but you can probably already figure out most of the list. If you are looking to breed them, you would need rather deep substrate (just dirt is fine in this case), Place dung on the surface and replace when it is gone. Of the geotrupids that use dung for egg laying (like the species in your photo; many other geotrupids do not use dung) - they are paracoprids (tunnelers), not endocoprids as JKim suggested. Yours might be Geotrupes blackburnii, or a closely relates species. Good Luck! Steven
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    Likelihood of WC D. tityus females to be fertilized?

    Yes. There is a trade off unfortunately. You may damage an egg or two, but still might end up with more larvae. Someone with unlimited space, substrate and containers could move the females to fresh containers - leaving the older ones undisturbed, but I've never been in that situation.
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    Likelihood of WC D. tityus females to be fertilized?

    For "2 in a 5" I would do every 1.5 to 2 weeks. Remove the females for a day or so and feed them heavily while you check.
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    Likelihood of WC D. tityus females to be fertilized?

    This is true most of the time (leaving the container undisturbed), but with 2 females in a 5gal - you might check more frequently. They do not remember where they laid their last egg and can easily disturb even their own eggs. Under perfect conditions, you could have one female per 10gal and not worry, but you may end up with more good eggs by checking than you would by leaving them. Before you start digging look through the bottom of the container and see if you spot any eggs. Good luck, Steven
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    Likelihood of WC D. tityus females to be fertilized?

    I have noticed the same as Goliathus..
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    Last Night Collections

    This year seems to be a good year for D. tityus for some reason - collected 5 last Saturday and 7 others between the two previous weekends. In (I think it was) 2008, we collected over 60 adult S. aloeus in one night! ...have never seen those numbers again though. They seem to like moist and highly compactable substrate for oviposition. I also keep the males in a different container because they seem to disturb the eggs. Steven
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    Hello from Louisiana

    "Hey" from Lafayette..
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    Goliath beetle

    I haven't been bitten yet, but they seem pretty strong.. I keep mine in deli cups though
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    Goliath beetle

    I'm working on something now
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    Goliath beetle

    As far as I know they went with information from the documentation they had at the time. They would need further proof that the other two species could not harm plants at any point in their life cycle
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    State of the Hobby(TM)

    This was the response from USDA/APHIS/PPQ regarding the California Stag Beetle issue: April 20, 2016: "I have seen the California documents and they are misleading." "The California permitting information only applies to movement within California of material already in California. The USDA has jurisdiction over "plant pests" crossing state lines. The USDA does not regulate movement of plant pests established in a state and moved within the same state unless there is a Federal Quarantine."
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    State of the Hobby(TM)

    The California / Lucanid thing is false - I checked into it last year
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    Goliath beetle

    I posted about the California/Stag thing near the bottom of this thread on May 26, 2016:
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    Goliath beetle

    darktheumbreon: I have heard this several times, but it is false information. I actually checked with APHIS on this specifically..
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    Goliath beetle

    Yes, most people would renew their permit before it expires - and actually, "most people" in this case usually means zoos and institutions with containment facilities. "completion of the intended use." - They basically don't want you keeping things past their permit or releasing them. I have heard of people being able to turn over insects to other permitted facilities instead of killing them. PPQ (at least) generally need to keep things vauge, because they deal with everyone from a one-room facility to giant labs and from hobbyists to pest-control corporations. I doubt we will see deregulation of many of the large rhino and stag beetles any time really soon. The reasons that some of the Goliaths have been delisted were due to their life cycles, which are very different from almost all of the others in the family. Mantis Menagerie: What are you planning to do with exotic beetles if issued a permit?