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    Smitten by Gymnetis caseyi

    I'm over the moon with this species. I know it's not uncommon to keep, but it's new to me and I'm having a great time watching my 6 adapt to life in a large mixed-species communal enclosure. As a nature photographer I also find them eerily beautiful and cool-looking (sorry about the typo on the second image, I'll correct it when I get a chance :-/ ).
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    Help with larval ID?

    Thanks! We have a number of species in my region, including a real boss click beetle (Alaus oculatus). It's enjoying the rotted wood and I'll supplement with kibble. If I'm successful, I'll update here :-)
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    Help with larval ID?

    Thanks so much! I now have a place to begin. Much appreciated...
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    Help with larval ID?

    Hello - I understand that a lot of people like myself (total newbies to keeping beetles) dump larvae photos here, but I promise to use this as an opportunity to learn diagnostics! I brought a piece of rotting wood into my home this winter to use as a landscaping feature in a desert Tenebrionid enclosure. While it was drying out, this larva exited and began crawling around. I put it into a container of moist millipede substrate with some extra chunks of wood. It immediately burrowed, found a chunk, and drilled into it. A couple weeks later out of curiosity I split the chunk, found it still living inside, and so added a couple more chunks and set it aside to see what might happen. If anyone has any suggestions on ID, even genus or family, I'd be very grateful! I didn't get out the calipers, but my best estimate is that it's between 1/4-inches and 1/2-inches in total length. The flash on the camera brightened the body a bit. Under normal ambient light the body was more orange/less yellow, and the head was noticeably darker than these pictures with the bright flash might suggest. Allegany County (Southwestern part of the state), NY (USA) Thank you!
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    Gymnetis caseyi pupating!

    Wonderful! Thanks so much. This is my first experience with this species. I have to say, if it's as forgiving a process as I've heard, I'm excited by the prospects!
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    Gymnetis caseyi pupating!

    Would like to briefly resurrect this older thread to see if @arizonablue has figured any of this out, or if there are others to help with questions about timing and handling of pupal cells. I don't have cells yet but my first G. caseyi came to me rather large so I'll have to be facing this stuff pretty soon Thanks!