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    Lepidoptera, Mantodea, Coleoptera (particularly Dynastinae and Lucanidae), Blattodea, Orthoptera, Amblypygi, Solifugae, Uropygi, Diplopoda, and Chilopoda

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    Did these all come in on a museum import? I know the major supplier usually does two imports a year, and the museum I volunteer at just received their beetle shipment. We also got a Hercules beetle.
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    Since this thread was resurrected, mine is @themantismenagerie (just like everywhere else).
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    Hello from Japan!

    Welcome! Living in the beetle breeding capital of the world, you have access to all the species and specially formulated supplies we American hobbyists dream of. May I recommend Phalacrognathus muelleri as an easy to breed yet amazing species that is supposed to be quite common in Japanese markets?
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    Questions about shipping beetles internationally

    Technically, that requires permits, too. Interstate movement of Lucanidae, Dynastinae, and most of the other commonly kept species require a USDA permit for interstate movement.
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    Phileurus truncatus - Any breeders out there?

    I put a dozen worms in their tank and kept adding more periodically. They also seem to like the brand of cat food I buy for my arthropods.
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    Phileurus truncatus - Any breeders out there?

    How do you sex them then? Maybe I do have a chance at breeding them.
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    Phileurus truncatus - Any breeders out there?

    They all have large horns. Do you have a picture comparing the two, so I could make sure?
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    Phileurus truncatus - Any breeders out there?

    I raised four from L3 and helped raise another three. Unfortunately, I think all 7 are males.
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    Figeater Beetles - General Questions

    Interesting. Adding a clay layer is also essential for success with Goliathus larvae. Maybe this method should be used with more Cetoniinae.
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    Pelidnota punctata

    I just did it, and I had one in about five minutes. That was the only one, though.
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    Attacus atlas

    This was from an imported cocoon.
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    Attacus atlas

    Since it seems people are now just posting pictures of any large moth, here is my Argema mittrei specimen. I volunteer at a butterfly house, and I got to hold this one when it was alive. PS. If you are wondering why it is pinned to a tree and not it a case, then I should mention that I took this on April Fools Day to upload to iNaturalist. Sadly, no identifiers came across it before the end of the day, so I deleted the observation to prevent any confusion.
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    Phileurus truncatus Inactive Adult Period

    Mine came from central NC. I hope mine are fine with being played with because the one I held tonight was so cute to watch.
  14. How long do P. truncatus adults stay in their pupal cells after eclosing? I got one of mine out, and it seems active. This is the first time I have raised a rhino beetle, so I do not have experience with other species as a comparison. Should I just put it in an enclosure with deep substrate, offer some prey, and let it do its thing?
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    Stupid Airplane Question

    The illegality stems from USDA regulation, not state or federal endangered species regulations. As with so many other insects, Dynastinae and Lucanidae are classified as plant pests, and they require PPQ 526 permits for interstate movement. The California law is a myth (it exists, but it doesn't change anything), and it is illegal to bring Dynastinae and Lucanidae into the state without a USDA permit. The federal regulations made under the Plant Protection Act supersede any state laws or regulations.