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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

    Pelidnota punctata

    I just did it, and I had one in about five minutes. That was the only one, though.
  2. The Mantis Menagerie

    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.
  5. 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.
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    Buprestis rufipes and Stenelytrana gigas (video)

    What do they eat as adults? I might keep it as a pet and then save it as a specimen once it dies.
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    Buprestis rufipes and Stenelytrana gigas (video)

    I had not heard of B. rufipes before this post, but I found one crawling around inside my house just two days after reading this post! Is it possible to breed them in captivity?
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    Stupid Airplane Question

    As I said, the only species you might be able to legally import would be the three deregulated Goliathus species. All other species are regulated by the USDA. I have spent hours on the phone with a senior entomologist at the USDA, and he has explained the regulations quite thoroughly.
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    Stupid Airplane Question

    Technically, it is even illegal to transport native Dynastinae and Lucanidae across state lines. To bring any wildlife into the country, you would need a FWS permit. There may be an exception for personal pets that are not for commercial purposes, but then you have the USDA regulations. Theoretically, you might be able to bring in one of the three deregulated Goliathus species if you declared it as a personal pet, but everything else is illegal.
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    Lucanus elaphus Fabricius, female

    Thank you! I can now be certain in my identifications.
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    Lucanus elaphus Fabricius, female

    How can you identify the females of large, US stag beetle species? I have not seen a good guide that explains the differences.
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    L elaphus male pupa

    I had one emerge about a month after it pupated. As I understand it, they need a hibernation period after they harden their exoskeleton.
  14. The Mantis Menagerie

    Lubber grasshoppers

    When mine mated, the males rode on the females for several days, so it should be obvious when they have mated.
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    Who's that Pokemon! It's

    Is this Allomyrina dichotoma?