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    Alaus lusciosus

    Alaus grubs aren't too difficult to rear or feed, they just require fresh invertebrate prey, you can bury smashed bits of mealworms or roaches for smaller instars, and can move on to live prey for larger ones. Coconut fiber seems to work fine for a substrate, but when it comes time to pupate, they'll seek out large pieces of dead wood to bore into, (doesn't have to be rotten, just dead). In my experience with A.melanops, their larvae just won't pupate without this wood chunk, but apparently other Alaus will settle on top of their substrate and pupate there after a while. Adults just eat fresh fruits, and would probably accept beetle jellies too. Obviously larvae need to be separated from a young age, as they are predatory and quite cannibalistic...
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    Howdy ya'll! (I never actually say that)

    Welcome the the forum, hope you enjoy it here!
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    Beetle care & husbandry websites

    Thank you for reading, I'll definitely be writing some more caresheets for species I've bred successfully!
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    Beetle care & husbandry websites

    In the spirit of sharing husbandry related websites, just thought I'd mention I've started a dedicated blog to caresheets here, and there are a few beetle ones up currently, might be more in the future!
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    G'day from S.A.

    Welcome to the forum! NIIIIIIICE, those are either a Helea species, or something very closely related... They are indeed called Piedish beetles over in Australia, and are similar in appearance to the US Piedish beetles, Embaphion spp, (and both are Tenebrionids). They likely have similar care to Embaphion, I wrote a caresheet for that genus here if you are interested, (most desert dwelling Tenebs can be cared for in the same manner). (On a side note, ever see any interesting scrub roaches in your area? )
  6. I've been seeing a lot of posts in breeder groups lately of people showing off their trilobite beetles, those posts usually get a ton of likes and comments from jealous hobbyists who want some themselves. Now a lot of people seem to think they are very difficult to keep in captivity, but the truth is that they are nearly IMPOSSIBLE to keep alive long term, and breeding them is almost certainly out of the picture for the average hobbyist. If anyone here is thinking of getting their own trilobite beetles, or wants to learn more about why they are such horrible captives, please read the following post: https://invertebratedude.blogspot.com/2019/03/my-opinion-trilobite-beetles.html
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    Alobates pensylvanica care?

    Supposedly they are predatory but I couldn't get my adults nor my larvae to accept any prey items I offered them in captivity. Perhaps they just have very specific tastes when it comes to what invertebrates they'll prey on...
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    Alobates pensylvanica care?

    I was able to get adults to oviposit when kept in an enclosure with lots of bark and a moist substrate of crushed, rotten hardwood, but unfortunately I was never able to rear any larvae to adulthood, they all died off one by one. I don't know if it was cannibalism, an improper diet, improper humidity levels, or just an improper setup, (I think they may need to bore into large chunks of wood rather than live in a mix of pre-crushed substrate). The adults lived for about a year, seems like they barely ate grain based foods at all, almost looked like they were gnawing on the bark, perhaps feedings on lichens or mosses? Overall they were not an easy species to keep or breed, I think adults probably have a specific diet of lichens, mosses and fungi in the wild, and larvae probably need to be kept isolated in large, moist pieces of rotten wood, yet they do seem to need access to protein to survive.
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    Iron clad beetle care

    True ironcalds need rotten wood or shelf fungi for the larvae to feed on, very few people have gotten theirs to oviposit, and the numbers of larvae always seem to be in the single digits. I don't think one person has reared ironclad larvae to maturity, could be wrong on that though... And the adults also need lichens or shelf fungi to feed on as well.
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    Greetings from Quebec

    Welcome to the forums, hope you enjoy it here! And the European breeders are probably thinking, "If only I lived in Japan/Taiwan..."!
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    Goliath beetle

    Eh, they are in practically all of my well established cockroach or isopod colonies, and besides the fluke with my Cariblatta minima colony, they don't seem to be causing problems. And it seems like lots of people have them anyway, they are just secretive and kept in check by healthy springtail populations. Needless to say, I'll still be keeping an eye on them, and without springtails they can cause problems for some small invertebrates, but for the Pyrophorus I think they will be a very helpful addition to the micro-fauna in their enclosures.
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    Goliath beetle

    Funnily enough, my Tenebs are one of the few inverts I own that frequently get grain mite infestations, on account of their enclosures being just a little too dry for the springtails and other mite species to do well in, but just humid enough to allow grain mites to breed. That, and the fact that the larvae drag food down into the substrate creates grain mite heaven. Most of my really humid roach enclosures are so full of springtails or other mite species that there's no way grain mite populations can ever take a firm hold. You should get some Sinella curviseta, they are as prolific as all heck and can help with mold and mite problems. Admittedly though, I'm having grain mite problems in some of my Pyrophorus larvae enclosures, as they are very messy eaters and even springtails can't keep up with all the leftovers they leave in their tunnels. However, there's a mite species in my collection that is almost the same size as grain mites, and take up the exact same ecological niche as them, but are dark red, and lack a phoretic stage. I've noticed enclosures with these mites are usually completely lacking in grain mites, so I've begun introducing them to my Pyrophorus enclosures, (as the only reason grain mites disturb them is because of their phoretic stage). I think these have some serious potential as a grain mite deterrent, as they lack the harmful phoretic stage grain mites have, and are very secretive, burrowing down into substrate when disturbed rather than scaling whatever comes across their path, like some other mites. Alongside springtails, (which keep their numbers in check), they seem to really work well to keep grain mites at bay.
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    Goliath beetle

    Ah, OK! I haven't had any mite problems using coconut fiber for my inverts yet, even if I did though, I've got both springtails and a couple other, less harmful mite species that usually take care of any grain mites I get in short order.
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    Goliath beetle

    That seems oddly specific, why do you need to let it sit for a few days and then freeze it?
  15. Probably, if mixed in with sand or something, as apparently that stuff is very, very hard to burrow into unless something else is mixed in.
  16. Tiger beetle larvae each seem to have specific substrate needs, a sand or sand/coco fiber substrate can work for species found in dunes, beaches and other sandy areas, (notably several Cicindela species), but many others require a more clay-like mix. This is why native soil from where they were collected usually makes the best substrate, not any old substrate mix will do. For Tetracha, I'd suggest either a pure sand substrate, or a sand/clay mix, the coconut fiber is probably making things too loose. For the best results, you are probably better off collecting some of the native soil they built their burrows in originally. Be sure to keep them very moist too, as they are usually found near water.
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    Goliath beetle

    I think it's either short for serious, or he misspelled serious and autocorrect changed it to "serial".
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    Goliath beetle

    Young larvae will need a rotten leaf/wood substrate, but after a few molts you can keep them on just coconut fiber, their main diet from there on consists of protein, dog food or live prey work well.
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    Darkling pics at last

    Eusattus, yes. E.difficilis, possibly, I can't rule out all of the other species though, there are 4 I can not locate pictures of. Try getting some good dorsal shots and upload them to Bugguide.net, along with precise locality information. They may be able to ID it further for you!
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    Customs and Millipedes

    It's illegal to import ANY live animal, (and even some dead ones) without permits in the US.
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    Help with larval ID?

    NP! Alaus are very nice, their larvae look quite a bit more "grub-like" than most Elateridae larvae, and are quite fearsome looking! Cool, good luck rearing this one to maturity! If you are successful, and are able to get pictures of the adult, be sure to post them at Bugguide.net, there are several experts there who can probably get an ID for you, at least down to genus.
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    Expected earnings for invert sellers

    Even if you just have a bunch of cheap stuff available, as long as there's a market for them, a lot of little orders add up. NP, happy to help!
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    Need help identifying larva!

    I think a couple of people have collected adults and tried to breed them, but none have succeeded in getting the females to oviposit... I'm not sure anyone's ever photographed a T.micans larva TBH.
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    Expected earnings for invert sellers

    Well, it entirely depends upon what inverts you are selling, and how much inventory you have. I sell excess roaches I have, as well as isopods and some darkling beetles, in a good month I can make $100 or almost $200 from selling my inverts, it all depends upon what I have available, and if there's a high demand for what I have or not. Keep in mind, I sell stuff on the side, just whatever I have excess of. I'm sure the bigger sellers who actually put a lot of effort into creating a business make a lot more than I do.
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    Help with larval ID?

    Elaterid larva for sure, they have heads that are a lot more square shaped than Tenebrionid heads. Beyond that, it's almost impossible to ID, you'd need to rear it first. It should be kept on some crushed rotten wood, and you can offer it dog food or something similar as a supplemental diet.