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  • Birthday 03/13/2000

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    Idaho, USA
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    Keeping inverts, including beetles, (especially darkling beetles). Also gardening, reading, playing video games, watching pop culture shows, etc.

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  1. Hisserdude

    Conibius seriatus

    Yeah they're tiny! 😄
  2. Hisserdude

    Conibius seriatus

    Well, that was quick! So tiny!!! 😂
  3. Hisserdude

    Apsena sp. "Kuna"

    Another micro Tenebrionid in my area, also with a red and bluish color scheme, much more common than Conibius though, and averages larger and broader at 5-7 mm in length. This species is very easy to breed as well, and fast growing too.
  4. Hisserdude

    Conibius seriatus

    About 3-4 mm... 😂
  5. Hisserdude

    Conibius seriatus

    A pretty new micro Teneb I'm working with. Might be a new state record for Idaho! Seem to be associated with ant nests, but so far they appear to breed in captivity readily outside of said nests.
  6. Hisserdude

    Iphthiminus serratus

    Well, found larvae in my enclosure, somehow they avoided detection until the largest were nearly half grown though, and I was evidently right in my suspicions that they'd be cannibalistic like the larvae of their close relatives, Coelocnemis, Alobates, etc.... Could only find five larvae in the enclosure, evenly spaced from each other. 🙃 But five larvae is better than no larvae, and I started with five adults, so hopefully I can break even and give the next generation a better go!
  7. Hisserdude

    Packaging Beetles For Shipment..

    I honestly don't bother with heat packs for any of my orders, so long as they've got good ventilation they're usually OK. Just shipped two orders out in 90+ degree weather earlier this week without heat packs or styrofoam insulation of any kind.
  8. If you could find some Vesperelater arizonicus that'd be awesome, really wanna see a US native Pyrophorini species established in the hobby, (and I have good experience working with that group). Should be found in most mountainous areas of southern AZ, the Madera canyon area included.
  9. Hisserdude

    Packaging Beetles For Shipment..

    Yeah, just moisten some paper towels, wring out excess moisture so it's not dripping, poke plenty of small holes in the lid and sides, and they should be fine.
  10. TLDR; The proper, current name for this species is Phloeodes diabolicus, NOT "Nosoderma diabolicum". Now here's the actual explanation in layman's terms, because I know there's a lot of confusion regarding this species and which name to use. So once upon a time, there were two different Nosoderma, the first (and thus the VALID one) is Nosoderma Guérin-Méneville 1838, as opposed to the later described Nosoderma Solier 1841. Now, since Solier's genus was errected after the original Nosoderma Guérin-Méneville 1838, his genus "Nosoderma" was later declared a homonym and the species within were placed in the genus Verodes in 2007, (see the abstract to that paper here). Back in 2006 though, Phloeodes and the species within were erroneously synonymized with "Nosoderma" Solier 1841... (see the paper here). However as we know, that genus is now known as Verodes, and further examination shows that Verodes and Phloeodes are definitely two different genera, so in the most recent revision to the tribe Zopherini, which came out in 2008, Phloeodes was restored as a genus, (see the paper here). So Phloeodes diabolicus is the correct combination, that genus is valid, and as far as I know there have been no papers since 2008 that change this. However, it seems some hobbyists found the paper from 2006 that made Phloeodes a synonym of "Nosoderma" Solier 1841 ( = Verodes), and have been rolling with that name, evidently not knowing another paper came out two years later changing their placement back and restoring Phloeodes as a genus... Hope you guys find this useful! (FYI, Wikipedia has yet to update their info on the subject and still lists this species as "Nosoderma diabolicum". Wikipedia however is not really known for being all that up to date on invertebrate taxonomy... 😂). Here's a relevant excerpt from the recent 2008 paper "A phylogenetic analysis of the tribe Zopherini with a review of the species and generic classification" By I.A. Foley & M.A. Ivie.
  11. Hisserdude

    Eleodes (Blapylis) sp. "ID"

    Thanks! 😁 E.suturalis has been bred in captivity successfully, apparently they aren't too picky about their oviposition substrate, and survival rates of the larvae and pupae are high. I don't know of anyone who's bred E.acuta yet, wouldn't imagine they'd be too difficult to reproduce though. The main problem with the larger Eleodes is that many of their pre-pupal larvae and pupae hate excess moisture in their pupation substrate, and this can lead to high mortality rates during those stages. Keeping their pupation cups well ventilated and making sure the substrate is just moist enough to hold it's shape seems to work best.
  12. Hisserdude

    Eleodes (Blapylis) sp. "ID"

    One of the cutest Eleodes species here in Idaho, unfortunately I have yet to get an ID beyond subgenus, (which, given the number of species in that subgenus and the fact that many of them look so similar to each other, isn't that surprising). Easy to breed and rear, prolific too, makes for a great beginner's Eleodes IMO.
  13. Hisserdude

    Iphthiminus serratus

    Yeah, it's a very interesting species for sure, pretty sure the serrations on the pronotum margins are actually asymmetrical too, rather unusual IMO! 😄
  14. Hisserdude

    Eleodes rileyi

    A cute little species, easy to get to oviposit, and quite prolific. Large larvae can have weird die offs at times, but those that survive to maturity pupate and mature with relative ease.
  15. Hisserdude

    Eleodes obscura sulcipennis

    One of the larger US Eleodes species, and certainly the largest here in Idaho. Finally got larvae from this species, after having failed previously back in 2014, so hopefully I can rear said larvae up to maturity with little issue! 😁
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