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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.
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    Goliath beetle

    Hisserdude: Nice! Again, I'm not sure if this is what happened but it seemed like it. With the high protein diet for the grubs (and feeding every other day) I was having mite explosions. The springtails would be cool, I do have to change the substrate frequently though, because of all the protein - it goes sour quickly. AlexW: Possibly so, but they were turning up more in the containers with coco fiber. I actually just thought of a test, I could wet some coco fiber by itself, then add some protein just to see what happens. I would keep it away from the grub area to try to minimize cross contamination..
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    Goliath beetle

    I went through a few different "batches", testing out different substrate mixes - and I seemed to end up with around twice as many mites in the substrate where I used coco fiber. This could have been coincidence - I need to test more, but my thought was there may have been mite eggs that survived desiccation that were already in the purchased substrate (the coco brick type). Wetting them should cause them to hatch then kill them by freezing. This could be overkill, but I dislike mites.. Soil (yard) or organic potting soil should work just a well, but again you should heat or freeze treat it first..
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    Goliath beetle

    More info.. - Don't house males in egg laying containers with females - Don't use coco fiber as a larval substrate unless you wet it first, let it sit for a few days, then freeze it for a few days - Don't house larvae together I have the correct and tested pupation substrate available - possibly the only place in the world selling it right now. It is ready to use, can be reused many times and will stop them from wandering.
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    Goliath beetle

    Adult females do well laying in similar substrate that you would use for Dynastes. I add crushed leaves into the mix and a layer of whole and crushed leaves on the surface.
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    Exceptions: Goliath beetles, dung beetles, bess beetles, ground beetles.. What are the extent of laws and restrictions of importing beetle species ot and within the US and why? http://beetleforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=3039&hl= Import permit, would you do it under this circumstance? http://beetleforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=3189&hl=