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  1. 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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    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
  6. 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
  13. 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!

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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
  22. 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.