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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

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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.
  6. 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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    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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    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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    New Beetle Enthusiast!

    In case you didn't know, there's a roachforum.com and it's run by the same owners as this one Welcome!
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    Gymnetis thula Adult Lifespan

    Ult guide says: 4 to 8 months and rarely longer
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    hello, all

    Welcome! Keep in mind that many species are not commercially available, so you may have to catch them yourself
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    State of the Hobby(TM)

    You live in Europe, where non-dead exotic beetles are often legal to import and much more popular than they are in the US
  14. I've been around for several yrs, and every time someone buys Gym grubs from Peter it's always the standard morph.
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    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
  21. 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
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    Hello from Houston!