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  1. davehuth

    Greetings from Florida!

    Welcome! I also haven’t been active here long but I’ve found it to be a treasure trove of helpful information and encouragement. I’ve met some really interesting people and purchased or traded for some groovy beetles. Cheers!
  2. Just a brief update-- For whatever reason, I've stopped finding these in the wild the last couple weeks (though they're very cryptic as you can see in the photo below, which contains 3 individuals...) I've divided the enclosure into 2 halves. 1. a slightly damp side of leaf litter, bark, decomposing wood, and broken chunks of a variety of fungus. 2. And a more dry side of just a single large bracket mushroom. I've tried supplemental foods: they aren't interested in carrot or dog kibble, but they give some attention to apple. I'll try grains next. They'll gnaw on multiple kinds of fungal growth. Their behavior is puzzling. They disappear for days at a time in the leaves and wood, and then return to the bracket mushroom to feed in the open. In the past week they've started energetically burrowing into the bracket for the first time, rather than scraping along the outer surface. I haven't observed mating (there are 7 unsexed individuals in my group) or anything resembling egg laying. But it's not easy to track what they're doing when they disappear into the various crevices and crannies of the enclosure. So, they remain alive, active, and mysterious.
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    Pelidnota punctata

    Thanks for sharing your advice and experience. There are areas in my town where wild grape vine grows in large patches and chokes out trees. I also have a neighbor who cultivates horticultural juicing grapes on his property. I know wild and cultivated are different species. Is one better than another for this beetle?
  4. davehuth

    Pelidnota punctata

    I’m getting started at the right time I guess! I’ll let you know if I draw any out of the shadows. It would be the first BugGuide submission from my county 🙂
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    Geotrupes sp. in captivity?

    Oh, I see those photos are examples of tropical Thai Geotrupidae.
  6. davehuth

    Geotrupes sp. in captivity?

    !!!! I’m constantly amazed by the diversity of your local taxa. Those iridescent Geotrupes are blowing my mind. I’ve been trying and trying to resist bringing feces into my bug room (I like being married to my patient spouse!) but these cool scarabs are testing my resolve. I also don’t have a reliable source, other than deer scat and the occasional horse ridden past my driveway Im curious about the necessary “quality” of scat. If I use manure that’s dried and aged for a bit (to reduce the ripe odor of fresh stuff), would that contain sufficient nutrition for these beetles and their larvae?
  7. davehuth

    Pelidnota punctata

    Wow!! Are you captive breeding these? This is one of the species motivating me to try my hand at more serious light trapping this season. BugGuide lists Pelidnota punctata for my state (NY), but I’ve never seen it. I’m always on the prowl! 😄
  8. Hello, Beetle Brain Trust – Recently I've been attracting really cool looking Earth-Boring Scarabs to lights in the forest near my home (Western NY state). Are these interesting and easy enough to keep (for a beginner?)? They are close to an inch long and seem energetic when they're out and about so I was wondering if anyone has any tips or experience to share. (Also I guess if anyone would like me to collect any for you I always love to trade). Thanks!
  9. davehuth

    Last Night Collections

    This looks like the ultimate dream box of assorted candies 😄
  10. davehuth

    Mydas fly (Mydas clavatus)

    WOW! These are listed for NY state but I have yet to come across one. It would make my summer! I scrutinize every mud dauber wasp just to make sure I'm not being fooled 😄
  11. davehuth

    Baby rhino roaches!

    I also prefer the roaches that are more beetle-like. Many of them are burrowers (Ergaula, Lucihormetica) so I don't see them as often as I like. Your rhinos are the holy grail, I hope the young grow quick and stay healthy for you! Thanks for keeping the thread updated with reports and photos!
  12. What a treat! Looks like you're having a great season 😀
  13. OK I will try this! I presume you mean dog kibble/carrot/fish pellets/apple ? Let me know if you've found other reliably standard darkling foods. Thanks! Part of my motivation in working with local species is to try to bring more diversity of North American inverts to the hobby, so I would love to share these with other keepers if I have any success :-)
  14. davehuth

    AAA's Swarm

    I really dig the high yellow on some of those Orange Vigor individuals
  15. One of the most productive location for finding new beetles this year has been a bracket mushroom covered hemlock tree about a half mile hike from my house. I'm blown away by the diverse ecosystem of creatures assembled around fungal colonies. One of the biggest thrills has been discovering Eastern Ironclad Beetles there after dark (Phellopsis obcordata) https://bugguide.net/node/view/46042 . These things are bonkers little tough guys that look like smaller, browner, rougher textured versions of the Nosoderma (Diabolical Ironclad Beetles) out west. I've collected a small group of them and am hoping someone else might have tried keeping and breeding them. I have them in a high ventilation enclosure featuring a large bracket mushroom resting on a thin layer of crushed wood and leaves. I'm especially concerned about getting moisture levels right. I lost a group of Bolitotherus because they dried out, but keeping the Phellopsis too damp is making the bracket moldy. I'm also wondering if anyone is aware if there are supplemental foods I should offer them? Their behaviors are interesting so far, they spend the daytime among the crushed wood and leaves, and then move to the bracket each night to chew on it. Such interesting little beasts
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