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  1. Pewrune

    Larval/Pupal Stages

    What species? Many rhinos and stags can eat fermented sawdust from L1~L3, size of L1 and L3 could be something like 200 times size difference. So bigger containers and more sub is needed later. They don't eat during pupa stage. When adults emerge, some would sleep for a few months but some sleeps for 2 weeks. Don't feed them during this time. Active adults can eat fruits like apple and mango. Each species like to lay eggs in different substrate as well. Some require logs, some require soil-like sub etc. There are a lot more details about what kind of sub can help with the horn shape and beetle size etc.
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    Beetles in Maine

    I would check all the near by states(New Hampshire/Vermont etc), if all of them have elaphus then there's a high chance. My personal guess is no though. it seems too far away from their most populated location. Lucanus species are not foodies. They don't eat much compared to Dorcus and Odontalabis ...etc. However, they seems to fly to lights more than many other stags. Btw, from my observation, L. elaphus comes out in bulk for 3 weeks within a year, 1st week males, the later 2 weeks females. Took me 4 years to figure this out. If you missed it, you will have to wait for another year. I drove 5000+ miles just to observe elaphus this year.
  3. the grease comes from the inside, so cleaning under the elytra is also recommended. But even with this method, the grease might come back after 3~6 months because the organs inside is still there. The ultimate way to clean would be....take out all the meat inside the beetle. it's not uncommon for goliathus collectors to do that. However, your specimen will be considered A2. Its a pain for insect with light/bright colors. A more stable way to make a beautiful specimen with its original color is to kill it when its still young (just started to become active), and you have starved the beetle for more than a week... that way you can make sure the stomach is empty and all muscle tissue is young and fresh. you will most likely never get a clean specimen with original color if you made the tityus into a specimen after its natural death.
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    Beetle Party

    Probably granti and tityus. easy to get eggs, and larvae are pretty strong.
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    Purchase of stag beetles

    You can also post on this forum: Home => Classifieds => Beetles For Sale/Wanted
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    Beetle Party

    Dynastes granti Dorcus brevis Dynastes tityus Dorcus parallelus Strategus antaeus Lucanus elaphus Lucanus capreolus Megasoma punctulatus
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    Thoughts on new layout?

    Love it. And I noticed you can attach pictures in PM now. Or maybe i just never found the right way in the previous version.
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    Hello from Maryland

    Welcome John I am around DMV area too.
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    Cannibalism in Lucanus?

    I put 3 LEs (L3) in each half gallon jars. Never had any problems. LE larvae is very weak in early stages, its normal for a few of them to die/disappear even kept separately.
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    New to beetles, not to insects

    Welcome Hannah, you can find a lot of info on rhinos here. if not, you can always ask. I lived in Asia before and I have experience with A. dichotoma and many other species, let me know if you have any specific questions for them. Btw, which species are you referring to that lives long? Thanks
  11. its a really good question. but even my specimen collector in Cameroon never seen a wild GG larvae.
  12. I have 0 knowledge of this species but heres few things that I would try. 1. mimic their natural habitat (with live plants) 2. hard compress the sub (so the larvae don't waste energy on trying to build tunnels or pupa cell) 3. larger space I cant emphasize enough how important it is for some species of beetles to have their tunnels. some species will just die if they cant make one. A lot of longhorn beetles seems to make tunnels in rotten logs and live trees... maybe palo verde beetle too? I remember commenting on Odontolabis larvae on this forum before, don't think many people believed me lol.
  13. if your substrate is good enough, you wont need to add anything. the more protein or supplement you add, the faster your substrate decays. its a risk if not handled well enough. some protein source also contains stuff that gets stuck on the larvae's head which confuses them or affects their appetite. there are many methods out there that can get you a major, but if you need a monster you probably need to do some testing.
  14. It's very hard to tell the real maximum weight because most pros only measure once every 2 months or so. but from my own records, D granti can go over 40g, and D tityus can go over 34g. a heavier larvae doesn't mean the beetle will always be bigger, theres a lot of factors including moisture level, horn length, energy spent on pupa cell...etc.
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    Where To Find Dynastes Tityus?

    for adults, its time and location. and I find them at gas stations. Although you can find them from (usually) June~July, I find most tityus tend to emerge within 2 weeks from each other.(at the same location, not cross city/states/country) so there might be a day that you can find multiple, and 0~1 for some other days. You need to find that "peak", and it could take years, because if you missed it, you have to wait a year. I want to talk about this "peak" a little bit more. the peak near where i live is around July 4th. But 4 hours south from here, the peak is around June 20. this could vary depending on the weather too. you kinda have to "predict" a little once you know the general peak time. lets say you have a warm spring, then the beetles might be active a little earlier... Id say the cheapest and fastest way to find them is through purchase... XDDDD
  16. people use paper towels for relaxing butterflies. I just toss them in warm water , fill the whole container with water and close the lid so the whole beetle is under water. repeat if the specimen joints are still hard every 30 mins. you have my ig, if you want me to take pictures lol
  17. Not only moisture makes it dark. Grease/oil is usually the main cause after the beetle dies. From weak to strong: dish soap/alcohol, acetone, hexane. ****use chemicals carefully**** before cleaning the dead specimen, use warm water to soften the beetle first, then open the elytra before washing for best results. if you are using just dish soap, you can rub the inside and outside of the elytra a little.
  18. a lot of people here had many. what species?
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    Expected earnings for invert sellers

    Substrate shouldn't be dirt, and you don't write dirt. I write sawdust or wood flakes when I ship. Also dry the sub a little , dried sub has a lighter color so nobody is confused(cheaper shipping too). As long as you write your items correctly... What you will get into trouble is when your packaged item doesn't match your product description. I didn't say "sell substrate internationally." Substrate is mainly for USA domestic sales only since other countries will probably just buy from Japan, cheap and reliable.
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    Expected earnings for invert sellers

    Sell dry substrate / logs if you can maintain the quality. or sell dead stock abroad in bulk to foreign countries. However, keep some live stuff to showcase your results and breeding skills. most beetles do not have a very long lifespam, therefore selling the stuff above is easier because they stay in "good condition" for a long time. Plus there are too many regulations for live trade in the states and keeping all the beetles alive is a cost too.
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    Where to find Megasoma Sleeperi?

    Never collected them myself. But I'm pretty sure if you go to the right spot and right time, you can find some. However, this kind of information is usually considered "secret" because of: 1. Money (more supplier, the price will drop) 2. Protect the species (so people from all over the world wont swarm) Megasoma punctulatus was considered rare for a very long time. but do you know if you go to the right place at right time, you can find 50~100 a day?
  22. Usually, when you see a larvae with a head almost as wide as the body, it means it just molted. Unless theres no food and they are super skinny.
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    Thanks and Fun Questions

    Chalcosoma caucasus and Goliathus goliatus. Cheirotonus is interesting too, they would curl up in the corner and shoot out a lot of poop.
  24. I've fed warriors gecko food before. maybe they eat stuff with high protein?