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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?
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    kinshi and substrate for japanese rhino beetles

    The permit is the USDA-APHIS PPQ 526 form. You can fill out an ePermits application and have it processed, but you are likely not going to get the permits for exotic beetles without a containment facility and could possibly receive a "cease and desist" order that would force you to kill your current beetles immediately. I would recommend that you either begin setting up a containment facility and then talk to one of the USDA entomologists directly to explain your situation (all the USDA entomologists I have talked to have been more than helpful in guiding me through the permitting process), or you could just quietly keep your beetles but not breed them (keep them in extremely secure tanks!). Once you do not have exotics, you could get the permits for some of the native species around the country, such as the Megasomas. They are indeed a magnificent species, but keep in mind that if it is coming from out of state, then it also requires a permit (it is likely to be granted).
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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.
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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.
  16. 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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    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.
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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.