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  1. AlexW

    Embaphion muricatum Questions

    Aggressive? I have never heard of darklings actually running towards their perceived threats. Quite odd
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    Embaphion muricatum Questions

    Hisserdude has quit the hobby (see roachforum.com announcement) He has a caresheet for E on his blog though. If wild non-mealworm darklings live near you, you might wish to keep some of those as well/instead. Many interesting darklings have never been kept in captivity
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    Revenge shall be ours

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    Revenge shall be ours

    I have spent months waiting for this moment https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2018/05/campaigning-while-headless.html?m=0
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    Unidentified Larva

    does it walk upside down?
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    Osmoderma advice?

    Orin says the larvae grow faster after a few generations in captivity I also think the adults live much longer than a month
  7. Adult Pleocoma have vestigial mouthparts; reliable sources say the grubs live 9-13 yrs (female adults can live a yr, but males are not flightless and appear to last a short time) Unfortunately, Pleocoma was moved by hairsplitting taxonomists into its own family, so it isn't a true scarab now. Some true scarabs are also eatless though, including at least some Cyclocephala
  8. Every once in a while, someone asks on some pet insect forum. Time for my turn! Recently, Ive noticed quite some interest in the lesser-kept beetle species. Darklings (Tenebrionidae) have been enjoying a small boost in popularity, and even some of the typically-ignored groups (curculionids, meloids, etc.) have had a few keepers. Megascarabs/stags like Megasoma, Lucanus and Dynastes continue to be the popular-est ones, though. They are quite spectacular (I would love to see a Chrysina mass-emergence some day) but in my opinion the adults tend to be too short-lived =( And luckily new members seem to be appearing at a surprising rate, although it seems that they only manage to compensate for many vanished old members. What are your thoughts on the beetle hobby? And new members: How did you find Beetle Forum?
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    Hello from Houston!

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    Trip to Peru

    Tropical beetles are legal in North America when dead, though. Surely the government has researched the microbe contamination issues and declared them not a problem ...?
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    UV LED flashlights

    Seems like a good setup; in the right places I have seen giant moths and fancy beetles flying to white and even yellow wall lamps, so a UV should not disappoint
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    Jewel beetle (Buprestis rufipes)

    Beetles in the Bush has a buprestid-raising article Unfortunately, I think buprestids are generally short-lived and highly seasonal as adults.
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    Revenge shall be ours

    By "last part" , you mean the cascade effects, right? Yes, I know Brave Wilderness. In bug hobby social circles, the fellow is rather... controversial I've watched a few of his vids before. Even though he says things such as "be respectful and they won't bother you" and showed a clip of a tarantula hawk's extreme peacefulness after getting himself stung, his sensationalist dialogue does seem to unintentionally cause the side effect of making invertebrates seem evil.
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    Revenge shall be ours

    More stuff behind the scenes; also, an explanation of why I will be missing for most of June https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2018/06/last-minute-frantic-planning.html?m=1
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    I think I visited it a few years ago when it was still running, and the forums had been silent. I guess that people lost interest and the admin shut it down as a result
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    Revenge shall be ours

    A partial behind-scenes tour https://sp-uns.blogspot.com/2018/05/i-nearly-shake-with-glee.html?m=0
  17. I love bug merchandise!
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    Hello from an undisclosed location!

    Welcome! I have gotten a few silly login issues before too
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    C gloriosa emerged

    On his rusty website (Elytra and Antenna) he says that Beyer's scarab "usually becomes an adult in less than 1 year from ova being laid", suggesting that the book instructions worked well for rearing beyeri. http://www.angelfire.com/oh3/elytraandantenna/USIUSInsec
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    Hello from so cal

    Welcome! CA is a biodiversity hotspot for darkling beetles. I have seen some very interesting species in the forests and semideserts.
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    C gloriosa emerged

    Pretty sure Orin did. Do you have his Ultimate Guide?
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    Thoughts on new layout?

    All my text is black and thus readable though. I suspect it's just a glitch; maybe changing browsers could help...?
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    Hello from Maryland

    Bugsincyberspace.com its owner is also our admin
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    I should be fine now

    Beetleforum security issues should be over now. Time to start posting again! Ironically, I just got locked out of Google... Edit: And Roachforum, too...
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    I should be fine now

    sigh, technical difficulties pursue me without relent Instagram currently unavailable For some reason I am also forced to type blue hyperlinked text half the time on Beetleforum if I ever start acting strangely in the future, there is little doubt as to the culprit