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  1. PowerHobo

    Chrysina beyeri & gloriosa

    Does this species go through the diapause even if kept at room temps?
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    D tityus Pupa

    Thanks! I can't tell a minor from a major, or whether the final horns will be as impressive as the pupa appears, but so far he looks like he's shaping up to be just like his dad. 😁
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    D tityus Pupa

    This is a relief to see. I actually interrupted this cell and another during my last substrate check a couple of weeks ago, totally unintentionally (I'm an idiot). The other cell already had a female pupa inside, but this guy hadn't pupated yet and was still mobile enough to turn himself around a couple times, so I thought for sure he'd end up dying due to wasting energy on attempting to rebuild the cell. I just sort of loosely cupped some moist paper towel over the broken end of the cell and partially reburied it so that I could lift the paper towel to check up every now and again, since I've read that he might kill himself trying to dig away at the floral foam of an artificial cell. Two weeks of stress and I finally get to see this lad. 😁
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    Hi from Kansas City!

    Welcome to the forum!
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    Chrysina woodi

    They're somewhat dependent on clay sub for pupal cell creation, right?
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    Chrysina woodi

    That is absolutely gorgeous. It's a shame Chrysina spp are so short-lived as adults.
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    Beetle Wish List

    Resurrecting because we have quite a few new people and I enjoy this thread.
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    Greetings from the US(east coast)

    Welcome to the forum! Z morio was where I got my start as a kid too. I actually find them to be kind of a pain now just due to the necessary isolation for pupation lol.
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    Importation Question

    Not without an importation permit.
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    G'day from S.A.

    Welcome to the forum!
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    Lucanus Elaphus larvae care

    It's things like this that make me love this forum. I would've never thought to search for clay soil of all things on eBay.
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    Lucanus Elaphus larvae care

    Well frass. That's really the only thing I could even get my hands on here. I called all of our nurseries and even our desert landscaping places and no one has clay available. Our normally occuring soil here is caliche, which is practically cement.
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    Lucanus Elaphus larvae care

    I feel like an idiot for forgetting... but Zoo Med has an almost entirely clay substrate called Excavator meant for burrowing reptiles and arachnids. I'm sure this would serve the purpose beautifully.
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    Megasoma larvae weight

    I don't know the maximum size of this species, but I do know it's pretty variable. It'll be easy to tell when they're preparing to pupate just due to color and wrinkly appearance. From my understanding a 10% loss is pretty typical of most US scarabaeidae.
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    Lucanus Elaphus larvae care

    This is good to know. I was unaware of this. I've actually been meaning to ask you, @Goliathus, where does one get clay soil like that? I've checked local Home Depot/Lowe's but I'm not finding any (though, I may just not know what to look for).
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    Lucanus Elaphus larvae care

    80 is pretty hot, and is the temp I was experiencing a ton of scarabaeidae larval deaths a couple years ago; the die-off rate dropped dramatically when I lowered the temp in the room to 75f, and I haven't lost a larvae at all since I lowered it to 70-72f. I can tell you that every now and then my thermostat will go wonky and my room will actually sit back at 75-76f, and if I happen to check my L elaphus during this time I'll find them crowded in the side of their container closest to the wall, where the sub is noticeably cooler. That's not the only thing that's changed though, so it may not be that at all. I've switched to filling my containers all the way to the top (zero air gap), and using many tiny pin holes rather than a few larger-diameter holes. This maintains humidity for me much better so I don't have to move/open containers to mist anymore, and I only bother my larvae once per month to weigh them and turn/moisten their sub as needed. This alone has probably reduced the stress on them quite a bit. These are just my observations, though, and I'm still a total noob, so take it all with a grain of salt.
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    Carnivorous Plants

    I've always loved pitchers and VFT plants, but have never kept any. I've gathered that the carnivorous plant hobby seems to be much like the US coleoptera hobby (lots of "experts" with conflicting methods). Was just wondering if anyone knows of any good resources or communities.
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    Chrysina beyeri & gloriosa

    Absolutely gorgeous!
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    Plant collecting

    It's honestly not as much as it sounds like! It's just four 18-gallon totes. I keep them in the garage since it's nice and cold in the winter to discourage further decomposition.
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    Plant collecting

    You can be overstocked on flake soil? 😂 I fermented 120lbs this past summer, and I'm down to my last 5-10lbs, worrying about larvae making it until my next batch is ready. lol Unfortunately, finding an oak tree in Vegas isn't a common occurrence, so I'm pretty much a slave to purchasing leaves. I think collecting like a madman is a good idea, personally.
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    lucanus elaphus emergence time?

    I don't have the answer to this question, but I can tell you that I had a similar concern with my D. tityus because I also travel for work. When you leave for work you can just leave a couple/few (depending on your number of beetles) open beetle jellies on the surface and you'll be good to go. The jellies don't dry up as long as the humidity in your container is decent, and I've never had the stuff mold. It'll definitely last the week if it doesn't get eaten.
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    Hi from a new beetle breeder

    Welcome to the forum!
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    Hi from the UK!

    Lol I like it! I can't tell me BDFBs apart enough to name them. Welcome to the forum!
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    Visitor on my patio

    That's funny! I've never received any nibbles from my BDFBs. Then again none of my BDFBs have the sense of self-preservation to feign death, either. 😂
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    Welcome to the forum!