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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? ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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. ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    Welcome to the forum!
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    Strategus Antaeus cannibalistic?

    I can't speak for the species' communal nature, as I've never kept them, but cannibalism or even autocannibalism due to stress is a fairly common trait in most insects with the capacity to do so. This covers a wide swath of occurrences, including uncomfortable temperatures, overcrowding, lack of food, frequent handling (which doesn't sound like the case here since you were away), bad sub/food (for the species), illness, injury, and plenty more. I know at least some other Strategus spp grow very quickly compared to some other North American scarabs, which could lend to unexpected overcrowding. The unfortunate part is that, as with a lot of larval deaths, even finding the answer to your question on cannibalism, you'll likely never know what really happened here. Just this year I had two containers with 10 D tityus eggs each experience 100% die off, despite being in the exact same type and batch of containers and using the exact same batch of substrate as four other containers that experienced NO die off (well, 2 deaths, but still). Zero ideas what happened. Never found any mold or anything suspicious.
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    Harlequin Flower Beetle (Gymnetis caseyi)

    G thula (G caseyi) larvae look very similar to other scarab larvae, but unless they've just freshly molted their heads appear very small.
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    Hey From New York!

    Welcome to the forum, Cole! Beetles have pretty widely varying care; if you could narrow it down to a few species you're most interested in I'm sure you'd have plenty of advice offered here. ๐Ÿ˜€ As for where to buy, bugsincyberspace.com is solid and Peter is a great guy, or there is always the classifieds here in the event Peter doesn't have what you're looking for.
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    pupa problems

    Rhinos and stags will typically shrink a tiny bit and their skin will turn yellowish. This combined with knowing about how long a species should take between hatching and pupation is about it as far as I've ever seen/read/been told. Obviously, this is a lot easier to keep track of if you're weighing your larvae when you check on them. Shrinking and discoloration can also be signs of sickness, so it's a bit difficult to be certain on this. Some species will require a different type of sub for pupation, while others will just do the thing in whatever they're currently in. Either way, when they're ready and they have the proper conditions they will build a pupal cell and hang out in it until the deed is done or they die (hopefully the former). Pupation times vary by species, so you'll want to look up your specific species' information. Were there any specific points of all of this that you were curious about?
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    ID help- eastern Hercules beetle?

    The only thing I might be interested in seeing is itโ€™s anal slit. I believe North Carolina also has Lucanus elaphus, which look very similar (to me) as larvae except for the end portion of their abdomen and anal slit. You can toss that cotton ball. The larva will get all the moisture it needs from investing the humid soil and rotten wood. Also, youโ€™re in the clear to handle it gently, just try to limit the frequency with which you do so. A lot of us check our larvae only once a month or more.
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    Hello from North Carolina

    Welcome to the forum!