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    State of the Hobby(TM)

    Time to move to California and breed ALL the stag beetles. There, my little C. metallifer finae will be safe...
  2. Some cute pictures of my little C. metallifer finae. He's a minor for sure, but I still think he's pretty cool.
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    For The Love Of...

    "A good portion of hobbyists got their first A. dichotoma because they ran into a vendor and could not resist the beetle's charm. In the beginning, they only bought a beetle or two without any long-term plans. But after bringing them home, they found out that these are absolutely fascinating creatures. Then they wanted to breed them. And that was the beginning of no ending." --Jonathan Ting Lai, For The Love Of Rhinoceros And Stag Beetles 3rd. Edition This quote always reminds me of how I got into the hobby.
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    Beetle Wish List

    Right? I love the almost cardboard-like texture they have and their cute eyes and horn. That species looks like the weevil equivalent of long-arm scarabs, haha. I think my favorite weevil species has to be the one with little red tips at the ends of their legs and I think they're called clown-shoe weevils.
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    Beetle Wish List

    Bit of a little-known species, and not in the hobby from what I can tell, but Spodistes beltianus is a really cool rhino with cute eyes ❤️
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    Beetle Party

    Fun seeing so many species in one shot!
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    Dynastes Alcides?

    Hey, guys. So, as a junior evolutionary biologist, I get quite excited about learning who came first and what the most recent common ancestor of which species is which. But then I stumbled onto this -- Dynastes alcides? I've never heard of this species before. I have to assume it lives somewhere in the Americas since the map says it's closely related to both Dynastes hercules and Dynastes neptunus. So, does anyone know anything at all about this species? Is it new or is the map wrong? And am I reading this map right?
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    Dynastes Alcides?

    Ah, gotcha. Thanks for clarifying that for me, Goliathus.
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    Dynastes Alcides?

    So, what you're saying is that it's irrelevant whether they're separate species or not since they can all, to some degree, hybridize and produce fertile/viable offspring? Makes sense. I just want to know if it's ok to call D. hercules lichyi that or just say D. lichyi.
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    Dynastes Alcides?

    Ah, then mystery solved. Thanks, Goliathus. Also, I'm reading this paper, and from my understanding, it seems to be saying that there should really not be as many subspecies of D. hercules as we describe, right? And that they should really be classified as wholly different species. For example, instead of D. hercules lichyi we should just say D. lichyi. Am I correct in this? https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/138820
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    Strategus aloeus

    Nice! Love the coloration and horn structure on this species!
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    Hello from Northeast Florida

    Isn't it cool? My girlfriend took me there last summer and I had an absolute blast. Fell in love with the atlas beetle on display near the front.
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    Poseable Stag Beetle on Kickstarter!

    This looks awesome. Will try to back this when I can.
  14. Hey, guys. Long time since I posted, but since summer is just around the corner, and my A. dichotoma (Or Trypoxylus dichotomus? Which is it?) are pupating soon, I'm thinking that I need to get them some friends. So, my question is: where is the best place to find imago and/or larvae of D. tityus in southern Mississippi? Hattiesburg, MS to be specific. And are there any other cool species I should be on the look out for? Does Lucanus elaphus live here?
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    Where To Find Dynastes Tityus?

    So, head into random forest and put my flashlight/hands into the holes/crevices and if I do this enough I will have larvae of some sort, huh?
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    Where To Find Dynastes Tityus?

    Thank you, Pewrune, for the invaluable advice. I'm thinking I'll go on regular walks into the woods/near gas stations and see if I get lucky. As far as buying goes, I'm about to buy some Dynastes hercules lichyi and Mecynorhina torquata ugandensis larvae, and so I'm wanting some already adult D. tityus. Does anyone know of anyone else selling male imago of the species?
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    Do you name your beetles?

    I once had a DHH larva that I named "Metalito". Metalito means "small, metal one" in Spanish, referring to the sheen of the elytra DHH posses. My grandma saw the imago and suggested the name. He did not make it to adulthood, though, so RIP Metalito :/
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    Male D. tityus

    WHOA. WAIT A MINUTE. D. tityus actually has 2 little horns? I did not know this. All this time I've been ignoring it because if its size. D. neptunus is my favorite rhino beetle, but this is like the cute, little version of it.
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    Dynastes Tityus Mating :)

    Dude, that's like a magazine-quality picture! Gratz on the mating, too!
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    New guy here, wassup beetle forum

    Welcome, dude! Protip: always have the substrate ready before you buy larvae/imago instead of making impromptu trips Into The Woods for some rotting oak/beech/whatever.
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    Lucanus elaphus male

    Woot! Gorgeous male! Good luck on rearing them! Any plans on selling some of the possible larvae?
  22. Hey, guys. Overly-cautious Hyperdistortia back at it again with the substrate questions. Ok, so I know good A. dichotoma substrate needs to be mostly leaf litter and rotten oak or beech wood. It also needs to be VERY fine as to allow the larvae to consume it faster so they can spend less time chewing and more time just growing (I think). So, once I go Into The Woods and find some rotten or decaying pieces of oak and lots of dead leaves, how do I mix and grind them to a fine substrate? Do you guys usually go to a sawmill place and ask to use their wood chippers or something? Again, thanks for all the info, guys. I really want to make sure I can actually go through with raising larvae into imago and that I'm not inept, haha.
  23. Quick, someone Photoshop a picture of a kabutomushi in Jackson, MS.
  24. Alright, no soy for the grubs, haha. Wouldn't want giant kabutomushis taking over Mississippi. Or would we?
  25. Also, I have some Bob Red's Premium Soy Protein Powder. I've heard mixing this in with the substrate is good for growing big beetles/major males (I'm not quite sure about this, though). But that if you have too much in the substrate it will attract mites. Should I even bother with the stuff? Will it yield good results? https://imgur.com/a/rogeq