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    Chrysina beyeri

    Congratulations! Is this the first you’ve managed to successfully rear all the way to adult? About how long did it take from pupation to emergence?
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    Lucanus placidus Say, 1825 - Male

    Those are actually good tips for if I ever find a late season female. Here in NY our Lucanus is capreolus. I've never seen one. Hopefully my inspiration from beetleforum to assemble a light trap will attract some. I'm sure I will be asking the braintrust here for advice if I do :-)
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    Buddleia davidii

    Those little scarabs look really cool. Are the Chrysobothris you’re seeing the metallic ones? Here in NY we,re still about a week away from the first spring blooms to atttract many pollinators apart from bees. I’ve cultivated a sizable patch of wild mustard that looks like it’s getting ready to pop. That’s typically when I start seeing the first butterflies.
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    Lucanus placidus Say, 1825 - Male

    It’s pretty cool that you found one with your name tattooed on its elytra! 😆 just kidding. I’m curious: If you hadn’t collected a male previously, where did you get the 10 larvae? Were the females you found gravid? Or did you purchase them online?
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    Buddleia davidii

    Dang those are great. Do you expect them to bring in some nice flower beetles and swallowtails?
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    yellowstone national park

    An MSU entomologist has an interesting public education project about the insects of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem that includes a beetles section: http://www.montana.edu/yellowstoneinsects/coleoptera/index.html
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    Alaus lusciosus

    Here in the East, our local species (A. oculatus) starts flying around the last week of May. I love this genus, and this picture is making me eager to see them again. I see that some people on the forums have tried keeping and breeding Alaus so I'm reading back posts. If anyone wants to share updated knowledge and experience it would help me decide if I might try captive breeding myself. I know Elaterids can take a long time, so I don't want to commit until I feel some confidence. Thanks again for posting this nice photo! Here's a local bruiser from a couple years ago. Wish i had taken a nice dorsal shot like @Goliathus's above ...
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    Light trapping

    That’s great! This kind of long term strategy will be good for the hobby. Regulations around bugs are arcane and nearly incomprehensible to me. Any fool can give away a box of kittens out of their trunk which decimates billions of native songbirds a year, but it’s unlawful to keep a tropical millipede in a sealed bin that would die in an hour if it escaped? I can’t keep track of that logic. Your approach is excellent and we’ll all benefit from it. Thanks for the hard work!
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    Dorcus Hopei

    So beefy!
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    Light trapping

    That looks like an intense set up! A triad of sheets seems like a great way of maximizing visibility from any direction. My employer just switched out many mercury vapor lamps for high efficiency LEDs, so I’m angling to Macgyver together my first light trap in the next few weeks. I’d like a battery driven system rather than a generator, so if anyone has any advice about that I’m all ears.
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    Emerald Euphoria (Euphoria fulgida)

    Brilliant :-)
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    Wild collecting Dung Beetles?

    Thank you very much for this ID. This interesting group of beetles has been completely off my radar. It's sent me down a whole set of rabbit trails learning about their natural history and speculating about how I might try keeping them in captivity to observe them more closely. Thanks again.
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    Wild collecting Dung Beetles?

    I’m embarrassed these photos are not great. All I have on hand is an older iPad. I’ll be able to take some much better photos next week. These beetles are plentiful along the forest trails near my home in Allegany County, NY. It’s a popular trail to walk dogs, and this evening there were 5 to 10 beetles on every dog dump I found (I brought my own dog along to sniff them out in the leaf litter off trail). Looking closer I think my original ID was way off, and I have no idea what they are. They are about the size or slightly smaller than Bolitotherus cornutus.
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    Emerald Euphoria (Euphoria fulgida)

    These look GREAT! Have they bred continuously during that year? And are you feeding them a kitchen sponge ?!!? 😂
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    Wild collecting Dung Beetles?

    Thank you very much for the information and for untangling some of the relationships between these beetles groups. The beetles I saw were very small (yes, less than half inch), and seen on dog feces in 3 locations. I'll return to the location as soon as I can and photograph them and upload the pictures here. Thanks again!
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