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    Best find thus far... rhino beetle!

    I ended up releasing him in the same spot hoping he finds a mate.
  2. My girlfriend found this late at night in Connecticut. Never even knew we had these here to be honest. Pretty pumped on it and I think it's the best find yet for us. Xyloryctes jamaicensis.
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    Broad-Necked Root Borer

    Found this dude on my sliding glass door. Man, this year has been cool for various finds. More pictures on my Instagram venomdrips.
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    Conibius seriatus

    Sooooo small!
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    My Chalcosoma caucasus beetles!

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    Favorite animal and why?

    Growing up, we all had our favorite animal. My favorite animal was always a rat but my mom never let me have one. She thought they were gross creatures. I obsessed over rats, even wearing a belt as a tail some days. Sounds funny but it's true. After many years later, I got my first rat and named her Britney. She was the most smart and loving pet that I've ever had. I even got my mom to like her! She said hi to Britney every day and held her. However, Britney became sick with a respiratory infection and had a few tumors so I had to put her down. To this day, rats still remain my favorite animal. Which animal is your favorite and why?
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    New Mom to a pair of Hercules Beetles

    You can get beetle jellies online pretty sure bugsincyberspace has em. I also have a few I can let go too but they aren't the high protein type. Eco earth/sphagnum moss is ok to keep them housed in. The female won't produce eggs in that however.
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    New Mom to a pair of Hercules Beetles

    You can start off by putting the male and female in a container with damp sphagnum moss and beetle jellies. Once you witness mating you can put the female in the egg laying container. Since they are wild caught there is a chance the female mated already but if you want to increase the chance of getting eggs, this is the way to go. You would need a tub for the female to lay eggs in. You can a cheap container at Walmart. Drill around 5 small air holes on two sides of the container and some on the lid. About 7-10 inches of rotten wood substrate or organic potting soil with no perlite (which many on here don't agree with; I used it for years with no issues for egg laying.) You will need to pack the substrate down, not super hard but firm. Put some dead leaves and sticks on top of the substrate. This is because the female can flip over and not be able to get up leading to death. With something to grab on to she increases her survival rate. Don't forget to leave the female some jellies on top. 1-3 months later you can dump the substrate out and check for eggs. If the substrate was packed enough you will see large chunks of the substrate formed. You can break these apart and hope they will have eggs in them. From here the eggs should be put in their proper container with the right substrate. If you're having trouble finding substrate you can make your own. I have a link to my video below on how to make it. Some people get mold in the substrate so I recommend tumbling the sacs every day to keep the fermenting going. The summer heat is the perfect time for this. Make sure the mixture does not dry out. Anyway I hope this helped. This is the way I've been doing it for years. Many others can chime in with suggestions I've missed. I hope this helped and welcome to the forum.
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    Spider Beetle Time Lapse

    Dope vid!
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    Sales of A.dichotoma in the US?

    That's dope. Let us know how that plays out!
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    Morpho butterfly coloration

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    Iphthiminus serratus

    I like the appearance of their heads. Really cool species!
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    Head size difference in larvae?

    Impressed you sexed the larvae! Def a good skill to have under your belt. Good luck with the larvae.
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    Sales of A.dichotoma in the US?

    "Well most beetles aren't legal in the US". Yea, that seems to be a common thing said just to make a quick buck putting others in a bad predicament. Even though the chances of getting caught are low it is never worth the risk. Acquiring the proper paperwork is extremely hard, many people have tried to no avail. If you don't work in a museum or educational program its difficult.
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    What up, Auntie! Welcome to tha forum.
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    Beetle Problem

    Yummm crunchy boiz.
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    Granti Photoshoot!

    Lovely pictures! Miss keeping this species.
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    Follow me @venomdrips.
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    Yea man, should move it into something better.
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    Hello from Connecticut!

    Welcome. I'm CT based as well!
  21. I'd just leave them until they're actually pupa. When they are pupa you can move them into the artificial chamber.
  22. That would be dope to find some of those in the wild!
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    Carabus auronitens

    Beautiful, love this sp.
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    Xylotrupes gideon sumatrensis

    Yea, she will.