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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

    Plant collecting

    Still, I don't have much room to stuff 18-gallon totes.
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    Bug collecting.

    Wow! Okay, I have never found that many.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
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    AAA's Swarm

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

    AAA's Coleoptera Corner

    I have two questions. First, where do you find Mezium affine in the US? Second, what do these beetles eat?
  10. The Mantis Menagerie

    Phalacrognathus muelleri

    This page seems to have good information on rearing them. I have never tried rearing P. muelleri because I live in the US, so it may be wrong. Regardless, here is the link: http://beetlesaspets.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-rainbow-stag-beetle-phalacrognathus.html?m=0.
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    Promethea, cynthia, ceceopia help!!!!!!

    I thought I would add this link in case anyone comes across this thread in the future looking for information. It is a link to a database of host plants for hundreds of species of Lepidoptera. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/data/hostplants/search/browse.dsml
  12. This is my first Mcmonigle book, and I got it yesterday. It seems very thorough, but I noticed one thing I wanted to have clarified. In the book, it mentions fermenting wood, but it says that the wood must start as rotten wood. I was under the impression that fermentation was like artificially rotting the wood. I will admit that I haven't read it in its entirety as I have not had much time the past couple days. I did spend about an hour reviewing it, but I need to go back and read everything. If this topic is mentioned in a different part of the book, then please tell me. Otherwise, it covers just about every species I have been looking to breed, and I think it was worth the price.
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    Goliath beetle

    On a slightly different note, how strong are the jaws of Goliath beetle larvae. Can they chew through a typical deli cup or are their mandibles not that strong?
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    Goliath beetle

    Where would they get that kind of documentation? The other two seem better studied.
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    Alobates pensylvanica care?

    I can't find much information on these beetles, but they look interesting. I caught three yesterday in a rotten log, and I wanted to know if it was possible to breed them. I saw that Lucanus started a thread on these a long time ago, but it looks like he hasn't been on the forum in a while. Anyone know about their care in captivity? I currently have them in the fridge hibernating to give me a bit more time to figure out how to care for them.