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

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  1. The Mantis Menagerie

    Beetle care & husbandry websites

    I have come across most of these sites before, and I agree they are good resources. The Goliathus manual could be improved, but it seems okay.
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    How to hibernate

    I think it would be fine for D. tityus. Unfortunately, I have no experience with adult D. tityus (although not from lack of trying), but it has worked for my Alaus oculatus adults.
  3. The Mantis Menagerie

    How to hibernate

    I was told to use the fridge because it will keep them cold without freezing them. I have mine set to about 35-degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. The Mantis Menagerie

    Beetle Wish List

    These are loosely organized. My favorites are generally towards the top, but I listed things as I thought of them. Phalacrognathus muelleri Mormolyce phyllodes Goliathus orientalis Goliathus goliathus Goliathus cacicus Chalcosoma atlas Cheirotonus jansoni Dorcus titanus Megasoma elephas Megasoma janus Mecynorhina torquata Lamprima aurata Dynastes hercules Acrocinus longimanus Sagra longicollis Sagra buqueti Pachnoda marginata Xylotrupes gideon Cyclommatus metallifer I have a few more that I have been unsuccessful in obtaining so far, but I can theoretically keep. Calosoma scrutator Calosoma sycophanta Pasimachus viridans Tarpela micans Dynastes tityus
  5. The Mantis Menagerie

    Importation Question

    There is Kingdom of Beetles, which I think is also in Taiwan. I also saw beetles being sold at pet markets in Shanghai, so there may be more beetle breeders in China that do not ship internationally.
  6. The Mantis Menagerie

    Rank Settings

    Obviously this is very old, but did no one catch the amusing typo?
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    Importation Question

    Plus, why would you want to buy a US native from a breeder in Taiwan? I am sure the shipping charges are extremely high. If you do not want to find your own beetles, then I think Peter has some available on bugsincyberspace right now.
  8. The Mantis Menagerie

    Plant collecting

    Still, I don't have much room to stuff 18-gallon totes.
  9. The Mantis Menagerie

    Bug collecting.

    Wow! Okay, I have never found that many.
  10. The Mantis Menagerie

    Bug collecting.

    Not so fast! All I can seem to find in NC are Lucanus elephas. They are everywhere (at least when compared to other large species).
  11. The Mantis Menagerie

    Plant collecting

    I am not sure where I would store that much substrate! My yard is covered in oak leaves. I just gathered a big bag of them today before they get wet and moldy.
  12. The Mantis Menagerie

    AAA's Swarm

    I think any large roach enjoys poking handlers. Even my G. portentosa can be quite prickly.
  13. The Mantis Menagerie

    AAA's Swarm

    I want some A. tesselata eventually. I notice you are holding them. Are they easy to handle? I read that they were easier to hold than Blaberus species since they are calmer. Can you confirm this?
  14. The Mantis Menagerie

    Alaus oculatus molted to L4???

    I looked in the ultimate guide, but I only saw it mention darlings having a variable number of instars. I need to find time actually read the book in its entirety. Since this thing seems fat enough to pupate, I might try to coax it into hurrying up. Is there a max limit on the amount of time a beetle can spend in hibernation? What temperature would you recommend?
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    Alaus oculatus molted to L4???

    I have been raising this A. oculatus grub, and I have been keeping careful track of its molts. I have had it since it was an L2 grub, and it molted once back in the fall. I went to check on it today, though, and I found it had molted again but was still a larva. The strange thing is that it did not seem to be any larger after this molt, whereas I immediately noticed the size difference when it molted from L2 to L3. I even made sure that the shed exoskeleton I was looking at was indeed the grub's exoskeleton, and it definitely belonged to the grub. How is this possible? I have an adult A. oculatus that I got as an L3 grub at the same time as I got this grub, but that larva did not molt in my care except to become a pupa and then enclose. The adult is currently in hibernation as I am waiting for this larva to become an adult and be ready for breeding, so are there any ways to tell this grub to hurry up?