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  1. PowerHobo

    hello, all

    Welcome, @sally! There's a ton to learn here, and a very helpful community. I'm sure you'll enjoy it here!
  2. I may be somewhat unexpectedly receiving some cactus longhorn beetles very soon, and am just curious if anyone has any experience with the best substrate for them. I want them to be able to breed if they choose, though I'm not counting on it. Since they eat and breed near prickly pear and cholla, I assume their preferred sub is similar to the planting needs for those cacti (1:1 potting soil and sand)? I appreciate any helpful knowledge in advance!
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    hello from the netherlands

    Welcome to the forum! I'm not too sure about the problem with death during the pupal phase. As for sending beetles, it's definitely possible. You'll find that most of the user's here are in the US, and it would definitely be better to source your beetles somewhere closer to home, as our import and export can be a little tricky.
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    Gymnetis thula

    My first Gymnetis thula (caseyi), finally emerged!
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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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    Carnivorous Plants

    Excellent! Thank you very much!
  7. It's been no secret that I am a killer of larvae. I don't want to be, I just am. I'm getting better (I think). So, basically, finally seeing successful pupation (especially after a truly crappy week) is a big deal for me, and I am probably disproportionately excited. 😁 I came into the office with the intention of mixing some oak flake in with my G caseyi substrate, since it was entirely organic compost and some leaves. I thought they had about 2 months to go before pupation, and I also thought that some had died because they were rather hard to find when I poked around in the sub a couple weeks ago, but I found 7 neat little pupal cells! In fact, I totally forgot that Peter sent me an extra larvae, and as I was moving the sub back into their container, I found (and broke) an 8th. I dumped it out just to get a look since I figured I may have killed it anyway, but the pupa seems ok! Even gave me a little abdomen wiggle. About 3/5 of the pupal cell is intact, so I went ahead and put it back inside, then placed the cell on top of the substrate, and placed a moist (ran under water then thoroughly wrung out) paper towel over it with a bit of an air gap so the paper towel isn't directly contacting the pupal cell, trying to make a little humid micro-climate. If anyone has a better/safer way to do this, I would love to hear it!
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    My First Scarab Pupae!

    Holy crap that's a vibrant yellow! The one I can see is definitely more of a dark grey right now. Not sure if that's because it's teneral or just humidity. About how long do they stay dormant after eclosing?
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    Hello from PNW

    Welcome to the forum!
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    My First Scarab Pupae!

    Mixed bag today. I determined over the weekend that I have to cancel my beetle trip to Arizona this year for money reasons, which really sucks, but on the other hand the G caseyi pupa that I was worried I had injured has eclosed! I'll get some pictures once the little guy/gal decides to come out and say "hi."
  11. Some people keep desk plants at work. I keep desk beetles. I'm really interested in a culture of Embaphion muricatum for this, but I know very little about them, and bugguide.net doesn't have a whole lot of information, surprisingly. What type of substrate would they need? I assume something sandy and semi-arid based on pictures I've seen. What type of food do they eat? Just a typical darkling diet? What sort of lifespan do they typically have? Are they particularly prolific breeders? Anything I should be aware of that might sway me away? I'd be very interested in hearing from someone who has kept them or who semi-regularly has them available. It's pretty much between these guys and blue death feigning beetles at this point, but I really like the way the pie dish beetles look. My current desk beetles are Gymnetis caseyi, but they're not hyper-interesting at the moment (still a few months to go before pupation).
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    Embaphion muricatum Questions

    Aggressive was definitely the wrong word. Hyper-defensive is more accurate. They spray with almost no provocation, and half the time I smell them before I actually see them.
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    Embaphion muricatum Questions

    Thank you for the info. I can't do roaches. I fully understand the diversity and that only a few are invasive pest species, but too many bad experiences in my low-rent apartment-living days have left me with a strong distaste. Hopefully I'll be over it some day, because I'm aware it's silly. I can't even keep bark mantids because they look too much like their roach cousins. Thank you for the tip. There was a ton of answers to my questions in his caresheet. My issue with local darklings is that the only ones I regularly see are these aggressive, highly stinky a-holes, and aren't exactly something I want in an enclosed space. Beyond that the only good place I know of that I've seen an abundance of beetles is a national park, so collection is illegal. Thanks for the link! Super helpful. I actually didn't know they lived that long as adults. The adult longevity is part of what was making me like at BDF beetles. I'm really not interested in culturing them, as I've already experienced that with Z morio, and frankly it took some of the fun out of having them for me.
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    Hello from Utah!

    Welcome to the forum!
  15. Apparently, our buddy Ratmosphere was exploring the "Change Theme" button at the bottom of the page, and now all he gets on the forum is a completely white screen, so he can't see any posts or anything. Anyone else had this happen or have any idea on how to fix it? He's already reached out to Peter, but as we all know that man is very busy.
  16. lmao holy crap. Same, but with larvae. I'd have to cast a second vote for the winner being some sort of Rutelinae.
  17. Since 2 of my female D tityus have passed away, I wanted to try to use them as practice for pinning or maybe resin encapsulation. Neither are particularly great specimens, with missing tarsi from constant burrowing during egg laying, but they're my first rhinos, so there is some sentimental value. Both died on their backs (I had leaves in their containers to help against this, but guess you can't win 'em all), and had the very dark elytra D tityus get when in high humidity. I let them dry out in my garage for a couple of weeks, and the color has come back a bit, but their elytra are still very dull and dark. I'm hoping it's just residual sub left on their elytra. What is the best method for cleaning specimens for pinning? Or is there any decent safe way to bring out their color? I'd rather not damage them.
  18. Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but still not having much luck. Now that all of my D tityus have died and thoroughly dried I wanted to get back on it. None of them have been pinned, but all have turned almost black, even the two that didn’t die on their backs, so I’m thinking the grease from fat deposits as mentioned before is the culprit. I went ahead and followed the increasing steps Pewrune mentioned, up to the acetone (which is 100% acetone for stripping car paint), but am having minimal luck. As you can see from the pick below, the right elytron (which is all I worked on) has at least some color now, but still very dull and dark. This is after a pretty thorough wiping with acetone and allowing to dry for an hour. If anyone has any additional tips, I’m all ears. I’d definitely like to preserve my male, since these are my first adult rhinos.
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    Adding Soil to Substrate

    You can sift your substrate to remove as much of the frass as possible, but you'll likely still need to add new rotten/fermented hardwood sub. Just soil isn't going to do the trick for Megasoma spp larvae. When you add your new sub, don't just take your larvae and put them in the fresh sub, fill the container with half new sub and half old (placing the larvae in the old).
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    Beetle Wish List

    That is an extremely cool rhino! It reminds me of a dead leaf mantis in beetle form. Holy crap, those are gorgeous! Something about weevil leg structures make them look like toys to me. Looks like I've got to update my unobtainable wishlist!
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    Beetle Wish List

    Bump because I love this topic.
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    What kind of mantis is this?

    May be pretty hard to tell without a location. I own a couple mantids, but unfortunately, I don't know enough to venture a guess.
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    Beetle Party

    I'm just mainly impressed you got them all to sit still long enough to photograph (if they're all alive; they look it). Mine all start to wander as soon as I put them down.
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    Hello from Houston!

    Welcome to the forum!
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    unimportant importation question

    From what I understand the importation part of it is still illegal without permits, though I'm sure the permits are more obtainable than exotic spp permits.
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