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    Sales of A.dichotoma in the US?

    I am/was hoping to find more literature and breeding reports on things like Argyrophegges, Fornasinius and Hegemus to try to help my case for also allowing these species in the U.S. I have talked to a few breeders but need more concrete evidence. I have also been searching for a reputable source for some of the South American Scarabaeinae.. there is a whole bunch of interesting species like Phanaeus lancifer ! Most of the people I have found deal in heavily in Lepidoptera.
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    Collecting trip tips

    Maybe send me a message or email (info@beetle-experience.com). Are you keeping things alive or is everything being preserved? In central and northern LA we have scorpions, tarantulas, centipedes, leaf-cutter ants, large beetles... The large aquatics in south LA: Giant Water Bugs: Lethocerus uhleri and Benacus griseus Predaceous Diving Beetles: Cybister fimbriolatus Giant Water Scavenger Beetles: Hydrophilus triangularis ..plus: Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers Steven
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    Collecting trip tips

    Where in Louisiana? There are some nice spots in central LA, unless you are looking for aquatics or lubbers then you would need to come further south.
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    Beetle ID

    Also, that one is a female
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    Sales of A.dichotoma in the US?

    Some of the exotic coleopteral exceptions include: Scarabaeinae (Dung Beetles, as long as they are not from a country with a history of "Hand, foot, and mouth disease") insectivorous beetles like Carabidae (Ground Beetles, Tiger Beetles) and the three aforementioned species of Goliathus. Actually JKim, one Scarabaeidae that much of the U.S. is having trouble with is Popillia japonica - "Japanese Beetles", they have not made it to Louisiana yet.
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    Sales of A.dichotoma in the US?

    Correct: "..if they were captive bred in the US they are still illegal " - I hear people try to use this line to sell/own exotics. ..but not ALL exotics are illegal
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    Primož, Home Depot has composted sphagnum moss as well as organic soils that might work better. The best would be if you were able to use rotten wood for almost all of your substrate, then mix in just a small amount of soil if needed as a filler.
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    kinshi and substrate for japanese rhino beetles

    Yes, Mantisfan101 is correct - would need a USDA/APHIS permit and, depending on what you have, a inspected and permitted containment facility. The person who sold these to you would need the same thing.
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    How to preserve/hold on to substrate

    Could also freeze it
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    It may have been part of that same import
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    Not yet, working on some ideas that might have a better shot
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    So, after about 14 years of planning and work, I finally held my own Hercules Beetle! (plus a few of my other all-time-favorite beetles that I had never seen in person before) Now to continue work on my ultimate goal.. a beetle rearing facility..
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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.