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Nathan

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About Nathan

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  • Birthday 05/23/1978

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  • Location
    Central Pennsylvania
  • Interests
    Rearing all Saturniidae and now beetles. Anything involving wildlife and outdoors.

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  1. Nathan

    Freshly emerged luna moth

    Nice female!
  2. Nathan

    D. tityus

    Very nice male!
  3. Nathan

    Male D. tityus

    Nice looking male! I dig his side horns!!
  4. Nathan

    Stubborn D. tityus

    I just smooth over the surface of the substrate and watch for disturbance from them. I don't put their furnishings in until they've begun to feed. When I see that they've been crawling around I start putting in food for them. It still might take them a week or so until they start feeding. I usually dig them up at that point and put their heads in the food.
  5. Nathan

    Stubborn D. tityus

    If your tityus are freshly emerged adults they may stay buried for weeks even at room temperature. I overwinter my fresh adults from November until early April. They are kept at 45F - 50F. for the duration of that time. In April they are placed in their breeding enclosures and it takes them at least another month before they begin to surface and feed. Knowing where your stock came from will help you figure out what they'll do. I'm assuming yours are fresh adults as I have lots emerging now too. It is that time of year when the wild ones would be emerging and preparing to hibernate. My stock comes from the northern part of their range so they would be dormant inside a tree cavity from now until next Spring. You can't rush them. They will surface and feed when they're ready.
  6. In the last few years that I've been gathering rotted oak I've never once heat treated any of it. I've literally run about 300 gallons of rotted oak through a food processor to grind it up and used it just like that as substrate. So far I've had no problems with pests. Maybe the food processor is killing the pests, I'm not sure. I understand the reasons for heat treating, but I've found it unnecessary and I've saved a lot of time by not doing it. Heat treating may be killing beneficial microbes and other important elements in the wood as well.
  7. Nathan

    Out Of Hibernation

    After about five months of hibernation they are at the surface and feeding. The males are very vigorous and ready to fight.
  8. Nathan

    Dynastes Tityus Male

    Nice!
  9. Nathan

    Dynastes Tityus Male

    Have you measured him?
  10. Nathan

    Dynastes Tityus Male

    Nice one! Now those females will be happy!
  11. Nathan

    Dynastes tityus, reared adults

    The adults in the above photos were captive reared. Their parents came from Prince George county, Maryland.
  12. Nathan

    Dynastes grantii egg hatch time

    I received granti ovae at the beginning of November and they've been trickling out ever since. I just had 4 hatch a week ago so don't give up hope!
  13. Some breeders for this coming season.
  14. Nathan

    Hello from San Diego

    Welcome aboard!
  15. Nathan

    Dynastes grantii egg hatch time

    From what I've read it can take 3 to 4 months. It may take even longer if the temperature is low.
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