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    ID help - Dermestid?

    Hello! These are clustered under a rotting pine log in my front yard, Allegany County, NY (USA). Are they pupating dermestid beetles? Thanks for any help :-)
  2. Hello! Mostly I keep millipedes but I also enjoy keeping Gymnetis caseyi because they're so easy and pretty. I recently discovered about 30 larvae and pupal cells of a large scarab in a rotted tree in my yard. Not knowing how to ID the larvae, I set each larva up in its own enclosure filled with the wood in which i found them. The first pupa has eclosed into a Hermit Flower Beetle, I'm pretty sure it's Osmoderma scabra due to the rough elytra. I love how this beetle looks and behaves! It's hard to find detailed information online about Osmoderma husbandry, though every reference I find states that they are "very easy." I thought I'd inquire with the brain trust here to see if anyone has any advice. Here's the setup I plan for the 20 larvae I have now: - A single communal enclosure for all the grubs. - A large tub with deep substrate of tightly packed, decomposed wood of the tree I found them in, with some decomposing hardwood leaves mixed in. - Supplemental food of dog kibble and fruit offered at the surface. - Keep the substrate damp but not wet. - I'd go through the whole substrate every 6 months to separate out any pupal cells and move the batch into a new identical enclosure if the substrate is used up. - Keep pupal cells in a separate enclosure for adults to eclose into, then feed them bananas and fruit juice, and hope they mate and lay eggs in there. I say all this to see if anyone with experience raising this or a related genus might like to chime in to affirm or correct anything in my plan. I've discovered another well rotted tree on my property to investigate and I may collect another 10 larvae or so. Any thoughts or tips would be appreciated. Thanks!
  3. davehuth

    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 :-)
  5. davehuth

    Help with larval ID?

    Thanks so much! I now have a place to begin. Much appreciated...
  6. davehuth

    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!
  8. davehuth

    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!
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