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    Goliath beetles

    Wow. Those are some beautiful beetles!
  2. I have three, and I'm keeping them on a mix of coir and sand, mostly sand. Mine have mated but I have not seen any eggs deposited. In addition to cactus, they will eat beetle jellies. They also like to climb a lot, mine spend most of their time perched at the top of a piece of cholla.
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    My First Scarab Pupae!

    Nice! I raised these guys but I never opened one of the cells for fear of hurting it, so I never got to see what they look like. Thanks for posting the photos, that's really cool! (And as a note, I never had a single one die after pupating, so if you've got them this far you're doing great and you should have a handful of little beetles soon!)
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    Moneilema gigas (cactus longhorn)

    I've been looking in the mornings and late afternoons, although the guy I got this one from says he sees them most reliably in the mornings.
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    Moneilema gigas (cactus longhorn)

    After a lot of luckless searching for these beetles, someone who found one in their yard contacted me and I went to pick it up. Please meet my first cactus longhorn beetle! It's bigger than I was expecting, and very curious and docile. I was attempting to take some photos of it with my decent camera, but it much preferred to walk all over me instead of sitting pretty on a piece of cholla, so I got a quick snap with my phone instead.
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    Pasimachus californicus

    Got a pair of these today - one is a bit smaller than the other, so I think there's a male and a female, although I'm not certain. I was a little worried they might nip me with those big jaws, but they seem very docile.
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    A friend of mine found a pair of Pasimachus beetles in an Arizona canyon and snagged them for me. I can't get over how pretty they are! I have them in a sand/coir mix with some cork bark. They've been busy mating and chowing down on mealworms. The one I photographed is missing a mandible but doesn't seem to have any issues devouring prey.
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    New darkling tank

    Looks great! I'm so glad someone else is enamored with the little adorable Edrotes. They don't last very long (they seem to last longer if you ignore them, LOL) but they are completely precious. <3 The water bottle may actually be overkill, though, and if your blues get wet they will turn black for a while. If you're going out of town I could see how it might come in handy, but a beetle jelly or a bit of fresh fruit gives these guys all the water they need.
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    Any experience with palo verde beetle grubs?

    Sad to report that the palo verde grub did not make it and died in the pupal cell today.
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    Do you name your beetles?

    Depends on the beetle, really. If they have some sort of defining characteristic, sometimes yes. I had an Eleodes that I named Mr. Skitters because he would freak right out when he got his feet dirty, and frantically scrape the sand off before bolting off around the tank. (Something was perhaps wrong about that one, LOL.) Most bugs, though, just don't live long enough for me to feel good about naming them. My longer-lived things, though, do usually get names. I have a vinegaroon named Dozer, short for bulldozer because it likes to dig ALL THE THINGS. My camel spider is named Thanatos because it terrifies me a little. My violin mantis was named Stradivarius.
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    Halloween Crab - any tips?

    Picked up a sweet little Halloween crab yesterday. He's very shy and hasn't even tried to pinch me. Currently he's in a small tank with coir sub, cork bark and moss, a dish of fresh water and a smaller dish of salt water. I'll be hooking him up with a chunk of cuttlebone today, and I've been feeding him bits of strawberry and fish food flakes. He'll be getting some mango and veggies tonight once I swing by the store. His current tank is pretty small (so is the crab so it's suitable for now), but I'm gonna be moving my desert beetles into a different tank, and he'll be getting their 20-gallon long, with deeper sub and more room to roam. Does anyone have any care tips for Halloween crabs? I have a pretty good idea what I'm doing, I think, but advice from anyone who has successfully kept them would be appreciated. His name is Jack Shellington, because Nightmare Before Christmas is awesome.
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    Any experience with palo verde beetle grubs?

    I tried taking a pic but the plastic container makes it mostly a photo of camera glare and reflections, haha. I'll try to get a decent one! And yeah, it seems to be a partial cell dug out right up against the wall. Which is really helpful for me so I can keep an eye on the little dude and toss it if he dies in there, yikes. It doesn't seem to have a really definitive pupal "wall" like some, although it might just be hard to tell because of the container. There were a few potato roots heading in there which is why I fished them out, and the roots came out easy without collapsing the cell, so it must be pretty sturdy even if it doesn't look it.
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    Any experience with palo verde beetle grubs?

    Another update: the grub has stopped eating (I removed the potatoes as they were starting to sprout, but they were definitely nibbled on, mostly the skin area) and appears to have made itself a pupal cell against the side of the container. It has been in there for about a week and a half, just chilling. It may still die in there, but I'm feeling cautiously hopeful!
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    Freshly emerged luna moth

    I got two luna moths and two regal moths from Nathan a while ago (thanks!), and the first luna moth emerged yesterday, a few weeks after being liberated from overwintering in the refrigerator. She (I think) is perfect and so fuzzy and cute I can hardly stand it. I'm glad I thought to cover up my birdcage to prevent my lovebird from turning her into a snack, because the moth made a beeline for it and hung onto the cloth I draped it with.
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    Dynastes tityus

    That's a beautiful beetle! Thanks for sharing the pics!