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  1. Bugboy3092

    Hello from our 1st Virtual Bug & Plant Camp

    Great to see you here Peggy! This is Stepp, and I’d say this year was pretty exciting even if it was virtual!
  2. It is possible it was mislabeled, however it seems more likely that it’s a young L3, as they don’t develop the yellowish color until they’re further developed. A good way to be certain is to look up the head diameter of each stage, then measure the head of the larva you have (most measurements in the beetle hobby are taken in millimeters, so a metric ruler or a set of calipers would be most useful in this situation). while I’m not totally sure, I think it can be safely said that the egg-adult cycle of Xylotrupes Gideon (in good rearing conditions) is most likely around a year, though it could take 2 (our native Dynastes Tityus take 2 years to develop in the wild, likely due to their winter diapause schedule. In captivity, they normally take a year to develop, but I have a friend who’s larva took 3 years to develop). In any case, probably give it a good 8 months to develop. When a larva is preparing to pupate, it’ll make a chamber, usually at the bottom of the substrate or against the wall of its container, and sit there for a good half month or so, during this time there will be minimal movement and the larva is what is known as a “prepupa”. After this period has passed, the large will molt and become a pupa, which you would be able to see through the side of the tank. if the substrate is drying out quickly like that, it means there’s too much ventilation. The only ventilation for the tank should be a few pinholes in the top of the lid. If it’s a screen lid you can tape over the inside to keep airflow minimal. The substrate shouldn’t dry out more often than every few months or so, if ever. Also, the larva can survive dry substrate for a few days, but if it happens often the resulting adult can be small and sickly. hope this helps!
  3. Bugboy3092

    Light Trap Generator

    Most of the forested areas along the chattahoochee river are highly productive areas, especially if you’re looking for L. Elaphus
  4. Bugboy3092

    Light Trap Generator

    Don’t have any advice for light traps, but Georgia is probably the best place to take a stop if you’re looking for large beetles
  5. Bugboy3092


    Yes, it is possible that your larvae could be harmed by some of the minerals if ingested, though more from not being able to eat minerals than from being poisoned
  6. Bugboy3092

    Found beetle larvae - rhino beetle?

    It doesn’t seem that there are many reference photos online of Hemiphileurus larvae, but those look like flower beetle larvae (cetoniidae) larvae to me. If the grubs “walk” on their backs, they’re definitely flower beetle grubs, but if they try to use their legs to move right side up then they’re something else.
  7. Bugboy3092

    Stupid Airplane Question

    I would assume the only way to get any beetles home would be to have a beetle breeding shop import them for you
  8. I don’t know much about care, but keeping some bark behind the fungus might help them? Planning to sell any of these guys any time soon? Also, it might be good to isolate the fungus in a cage for a while, just until the mold takes its toll and dies off
  9. Bugboy3092

    Bolitherus cornutus

    Got fungus?
  10. Bugboy3092

    Lubber grasshoppers

    Ah ok, thanks!
  11. Bugboy3092

    Polyphemus moths

    they’ve now hatched, and seem to be doing well on white oak (though not from the same tree)
  12. Bugboy3092

    Lubber grasshoppers

    Update: they’re now adults, although I’m not sure if they’ve bred, any wya to tell? Thanks!
  13. Bugboy3092

    Polyphemus moths

    Thank you! It looks like white oak was one of the most used, maybe something was just wrong with my tree
  14. Bugboy3092

    Polyphemus moths

    Thanks! Although I really just need to know if they have a specific oak species preference
  15. Bugboy3092

    Polyphemus moths

    Hey yall, so I have a Polyphemus moth that has laid eggs, but I’m not exactly certain what to feed it. I know they feed on oak, but I don’t know exactly what species they’ll eat. I tried feeding them white oak last time, but they only lasted a couple of days. Hopefully someone here can help me with this, I’m pretty much at a loss and it’ll be just a few days until the eggs hatch, thanks in advance!