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About PowerHobo

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  • Birthday 04/25/1986

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    Las Vegas, NV, USA
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    Music, beetles, mantids, coding, 3D printing, propmaking, reading, gaming, the list goes on.

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  1. PowerHobo

    BDFB - Asbolus verrucosus

    Apparently, none of my BDFBs have any sense of self-preservation. They don't bother with playing dead at all, really. Just a couple cell phone pics.
  2. PowerHobo

    Dynastes tityus Pair

    Just taking some random shots in natural light and got a few I liked enough to share.
  3. PowerHobo

    Figeater Beetles - General Questions

    Is it an issue of correct sub and temps, or is it still a bit of a mystery? I know several other flower beetles make very hard/crusty pupal cells, but I've read C mutabilis cells are fragile and shouldn't even be moved. Thanks for the article!
  4. PowerHobo

    Figeater Beetles - General Questions

    Okay, finally home, and had a chance to check out Orin’s Ultimate Guide. I need to get some reptile sand to mix in with the leaf litter sub, but otherwise I think I’m alright. I was skimming so I may have missed some info (particularly on feeding), but the book seemed pretty broad and more focused on exotic flower beetles. I would still welcome any advice the members here have to offer. I find it’s often more helpful than the info I find on my own.
  5. Sorry in advance, I’m just in a rush, completely unprepared, and between appointments at the moment. My wife and I went to a local farm/orchard to pick some fruit, and I ended up finding loads of figeaters, which I have never seen in Vegas before. I managed to find a container with a lid and catch 10 or so (haven’t counted). I’ve got them separated into 3 32oz cups right now with a couple handfuls of oak flake sub in the bottom for humidity, and some of the eggplant leaves I found them on. I need to move them into a proper communal container when I get home I want to assume these guys have very similar needs to G thula, but not sure. Would I be good keeping them in a tank with a few inches of leaf litter substrate and some furniture or leaves to climb on? I’ve notice these guys are HIGHLY active fliers, and I’m not sure if it would be better to limit vertical space to discourage that for their own safety. I’m extremely short on jellies right now; will these guys do okay on mashed banana, cantaloupe, watermelon, orange, etc? Do the larvae just need a leaf litter sub like G thula? Any required protein supplements like some of the African flower beetles? Anything special required to encourage ovipositing? Finally (I think), any way to sex adults? Thanks in advance!
  6. PowerHobo

    Hello from Georgia! (USA)

    Welcome to the forum! D tityus is a really fun species!
  7. PowerHobo

    Baby rhino roaches!

    I've never had a single interest in owning cockroaches... and now here we are... 😑
  8. I know this is a bit old, but G thula are not picky at all. By all means, go with the best you can give them, but I can confirm that they will do fine multigenerationally on borderline garbage substrate. Without going into the details, money got really tight, and I ended up raising two generations of G thula on organic top soil from (like $4 or $5 for 40lbs) and just straight-up dried shredded oak leaves. They weren't rotten at all, just freshly collected from the surface that season. The larvae ate the leaf material with no problem, only leaving the steam portions, and went through quite a bit of the top soil as well. The adults came out fine, bred, lived a long time, and their offspring hatched and lived entirely off of that same sub (with a fresh introduction of the same dried shredded oak leaves), eclosed to adulthood the same size and colors as their parents, and similar bred and are currently ovipositing. Like I said, I'm sure they would do better with higher quality sub, but they do okay on sub-optimal materials. Somewhat related: the females will lay eggs on a flat barely moist paper towel. #yolo apparently.
  9. PowerHobo

    Hello from Connecticut

    Welcome to the forum!
  10. lol well crap... there's a possibility that just any Scarabaeidae frass would work (if you've kept any), but I'd have to defer to those who know more than myself.
  11. PowerHobo

    so...

    Looks like a pupal cell to me. What species?
  12. I don't think the species matters too much, to be honest. I know for a fact I used M punctulatus frass with my D tityus when I saw the increase, just because I also had no D tityus frass at the time. Maybe just try to stay within Dynastinae?
  13. Congrats! 20 eggs isn't a bad haul! The only piece of advice I haven't seen mentioned here is to add some larval frass to the container. It may have been total coincidence, but I feel that I got noticeably better results when I added a handful or two of frass to my D tityus ovipositing containers. I would assume this boils down to pheromones, but as I said it might just be total BS. lol
  14. I know that L elaphus will want to overwinter, and that it needs cooler temps, but not as cold as a typical refrigerator (please correct me if I'm wrong). I had a nice 50mm male unexpectedly emerge before the rest of the culture has even pupated, and I am severely behind the ball, without a mini-fridge to modify for the medium temps, and my mini AC appears to be struggling, barely able to keep my beetle room between 72f and 76f when it's running 24/7. I know inverts can sometimes skip diapause, but that it can be very detrimental to some species. Is this guy going to be okay if I don't have him in cool storage? It's going to be a bit before I can get a mini-fridge.
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    L elaphus male pupa

    I dumped my Lucanus elaphus bin (gently) so that I could introduce a layer clay substrate for them to pupate in even though I thought it was a few months early, and was pretty shocked to find this handsome lad right on top in a mostly destroyed cell. I can definitely see why this species prefers to pupate in clay; the walls of his cell we very weak compared to the sturdy crust created by something like D tityus or G thula. He's in a nice little floral foam cell now.
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