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    Goliath beetles

    The first adults of my current Goliath beetle generation have started emerging..
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    Goliath beetles

    Bugboy3092: Yes, they will be. I've only had one male so far Goliathus: Yes: I have a few, small ventilation holes in each container, some on the lid and some on the sides. The cocoon is normally buried, but some of the times they dig it up with them when they are emerging.
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    Goliath beetles

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    Goliath beetles

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    Gymnetis caseyi - new species name

    Two of my photos were used in Brett Ratcliffe's newly published revision of Gymnetis (where the species revision was published).
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    Dung Beetle questions

    Dubia4life, Use a 2 or 3 liter soda bottle, cut the top off and invert it back into the bottle like a funnel. Bury this in the ground to where the top is even with the surface. This part is called a "Barney bag" (not named after me): Use a ziplock bag and mash a small amount of bait near the bottom of the bag. Turn the bag over and place it on a stick directly over the opening of the pit-fall trap (just hang the upside down bag on the end of the stick, don't puncture the bag with the stick). Good Luck, Steven Barney "The Complete Guide to Rearing the Rainbow Scarab"
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    Yup, happened to me once..
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    Phanaeus vindex question

    They eat it there also. They try to quickly bring dung underground to keep it away from flies or other dung beetles (paracoprids do anyway). They either eat it there or build brood balls.
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    Phanaeus vindex question

    Also, depending on how many beetles you have, and how much dung you gave them yesterday, they might not be as hungry. They will pull dung underground quickly but it could take days for them to finish it.
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    Dung Beetle Care?

    PowerHobo, Three thoughts I wanted to post: 1. Dung beetles will not be interested in jelly while there is dung available. 2. They may bury and eat off of dung with a lot of fly maggots in it, but will most likely not make a brood ball from it. If you hadn't switched to human, I would have suggested freezing the dung first to kill anything in it. 3. You should be able to make a pretty tight ball if you squeeze your substrate in your hand. I never really added sand to my substrate, just sifted dirt from the yard. You might give it a test-squeeze. ...Also, the bottom section of the substrate in your setup should be compressed. Try to recreate what they find in nature: loose substrate on top and compressed below that. Steven
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    Heading to Texas!

    Are you coming through Louisiana?
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    Heading to Texas!

    Near the cost should be Gymnetis caseyi and Phanaeus difformis - might be early for G.c. also, though..
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    What would Goliath beetles eat in the wild?

    They are quite active as larvae, and "walk" on their backs like the other Cetonid grubs
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    What would Goliath beetles eat in the wild?

    They do have very sharp tarsal claws, and they like to curl up and stab with their mandibles. I feed mine 100% protein and don't use good substrate on them. They do seem to eat a little bit right after they hatch but not much more than that.
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    What Happens If Customs Seizes Your Shipment?

    Yes, it depends on the offense, who catches you and if you have been caught before. Depending on the situation and types of beetles, they (USDA anyway) will sometimes offer them to a permit holding institution like a zoo instead of killing them.
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    Phanaeus vindex

    I many of the early issues of the Scarabs Newsletter they cover trap styles and bait types, often with humorous stories
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    Phanaeus vindex

    When I was breeding them and writing the book, I kept the setup in a spare bathroom and was surprised by the lack of smell. Regarding bait, I have a friend at the local zoo who let me collect as much pig feces as I wanted. It was fun when this happened during opening hours and the guests were around..
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    Phanaeus vindex

    Also: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Rearing-Rainbow-Scarab-Beetles/dp/0980240158
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    Phanaeus vindex

    Human works well with collecting but I wouldn't imagine it being great for rearing; I used cow in captivity..
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    Where To Find Dynastes Tityus?

    I've found L. elaphus and Strategus near Natchez
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    Goliath Beetle Larvae

    Usually dry them out of they are in ok shape
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    Goliath Beetle Larvae

    Thought I would take a photo after feeding..
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    Do you name your beetles?

    No. People often ask me that when I am doing shows, but I have been through so many over the years I would run out of names. Possibly if they lived longer..
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    True-bug nymph (not beetle)
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    Goliath Beetle Larvae

    PowerHobo: 1. Those are the containers I keep them in. The shallow substrate helps them find food quickly (helpful for several reasons), also they don't need/eat much of the substrate anyway. The containers with almost no substrate had mites recently (most of the ones up front), so I have been changing the substrate when I feed them to bring the mite numbers back down. 2. Most of my ventilation holes are in the lids, but a few are on the sides. I feed them every other day so they get a lot of air flow that way. 3-4: PM me Titanus: Thanks! These are G.g. and this is my second batch of larvae - their parents all pupated and eclosed with no problems. I have actually had more trouble with hatchlings and early L1, pupation is pretty easy now.