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  1. AlexW

    Alaus oculatus molted to L4???

    I suspect your “L3” that pupated may have molted far more times than you think
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    Alaus oculatus molted to L4???

    Orin’s ult beetle guide notes that clicks and darklings molt many times before maturity, often w no apparent size increases
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    Hello from Houston!

    Welcome! Feigner darklings should be a good starter insect, they’re much less troublesome than many scarabs.
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    Hello from Louisiana

    Welcome back
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    Strategus Antaeus cannibalistic?

    Even pentatomids and caterpillars will cannibalize when starving or crowded, and almost all generalist herbivores will eat corpses even if healthy.
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    Beetle Identifications

    Agreed with Bugboy (yes, it's spelled correctly). Penthe is so poorly studied that no online research exists on their biology; however, putting them in a box with fungi and moisture levels similar to those in their habitat is probably enough. Keep in mind that many large fungus beetles are specialist feeders and may possibly become unhealthy or experience larval deaths if forced to feed on non-preferred species for long periods. You may wish to occasionally offer beetle jellies or fruits as supplemental foods though; Penthe have been known to eat it in captivity
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    Alobates pensylvanica care?

    One of my friends fed an Alobates adult a scarab grub. Despite being a slow, vulnerable animal, the grub was unharmed; one would expect grubs to be a favorite of predatory slow-moving forest beetles (after all, lucanids enjoy chewing them up)
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    Hello from ny

    Welcome
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    Deilelater physoderus

    Very little seems to be scientifically known of its biology but since it is a close relative of Pyrophorus care is probably very similar. Hisserdude has a caresheet for Pyrophorus on his blog.
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    BDFB Larva starting to Pupate

    http://arachnoboards.com/threads/inducing-bdfb-to-pupate.280289/ some tips
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    Lifespan of Cactus Longhorn Beetle

    McMonigle's guide says a yr or two for the adult beetles
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    Inbreeding

    You might wish to view this: In any case, it is known to be definitely harmful for at least some insect species; there was a research study somewhere documenting that a coccinellid species was harmed by it. I think there were also studies on Drosophila and Tribolium showing the same.
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