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  1. by Thomas Blanchard. Apropos of spring, whatever you make of the message:
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    GIRL Skateboards Typo

    I too am appalled by this grotesque breach of taxonomic authority! There oughta be a law...
  3. Very lucid explanation; thanks much!
  4. Translation please! Inquiring minds -- and my pet beetles -- want to know! 😉
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    Baby rhino roaches! (AGAIN!)

    Congratulations on this; the updates are fascinating and very informative. Best wishes for the whole amazing family!
  6. To a layman, there are remarkable morphological and lifestyle similarities between Platerodrilus and Lamprigera. Yet the latter are Lampyrids! What is the phylogenetic relationship between these taxa?
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    Question for Dr. Kim

    Thanks! To the taxonomically naive - like me - it seemed the two genera would be more closely linked than mere occupants of the same superfamily. However, your note that larval similarity must always take a taxonomic back seat to adult form is very appropriate.
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    AAA's Swarm

    Great collection and photos!
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    Hug me.

    Hi Jacob, Don't forget to upload a video, so forum members can share your enjoyment!
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    Hug me.

    Enough to pay for a chainmail gauntlet
  11. An interesting read in this regard is Jen-Pan Huang's "The great American biotic interchange and diversification history in Dynastes beetles" in the Sep 1 2016 issue of the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, wherein, among other strong assertions, granti and tityus are absolutely classed as separate and distinct species. What's the point of all this? I contend: 1. The 2 million year figure for granti/tityus bifurcation may well be accurate but could also be off by an order of magnitude or more. 2. Although taxonomy has come a long way in the last few centuries, a precise understanding of species and speciation remains frustratingly elusive. 3. Ultimately, Stellar's queries re hybrid viability can only be addressed via experiment.
  12. Well, when querying www.timetree.org to determine the phylogenetic distance between Dynastes granti and Dynastes tityus, I get an error message telling me the two taxa are the same. Guess this means I have to power up my trusty time machine again, carefully setting the dial for 2,000,000 years...
  13. How is this figure determined for particular species?
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    Beetle Wish List

    I'd be satisfied with a _Titanus giganteus_ L3.
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    State of the Hobby(TM)

    Re the beetle hobby, I strongly concur with sentiments expressed above: small is beautiful.
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    Greetings from Quebec

    _Tenebrio molitor_ larvae will eat and digest Styrofoam: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.5b02661
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    Hydroquinone In Eleodes hispilabris

    Indeed, human-perceived odor can be extremely deceptive! To cite just two examples, in rarefied amounts hydrogen cyanide smells like bitter almonds and phosgene like freshly cut hay.
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    Hydroquinone In Eleodes hispilabris

    Not all hydroquinones smell foul to us. Dimethyl hydroquinone, for example, has a sweet, fruity aroma and is often employed as an ingredient in perfumery.
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    Blue Death feigning beetles have Galea?

    You're welcome! The definitive answer is probably squirreled away on some dust-covered shelf of entomological dissertations. Good luck finding it!
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    Blue Death feigning beetles have Galea?

    I'd wager that they do but can't prove it with a specific, authoritative cite. Many beetles, including Tenebs with similar lifestyles, bear galea as integral components of their maxillae.
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    Scolopendra gigantea handling

    Have you been bitten in the socialization process? Would like to know more about your technique, but I won't presume to probe into any trade secrets.
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    Going to Japan

    Have a pleasant & productive trip!
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    Beetle breeding over long term with close relations.

    Supposedly, protracted close inbreeding forces recessive genes - most of which are adverse - to manifest. Please note, however, that I'm not a geneticist nor do I play one on TV. Clearly, long-term inbreeding never harmed European royals: just look at illustrious rulers like Charles II of Spain.
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    Scolopendra angulata socialization

    Interesting & impressive!