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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.
  4. 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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    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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    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.
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    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?
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    who's that Pokemon! its

    It looks like my Lucanus elaphus male I had a while back. Considering @JKim did not suggest that, I think I am wrong.
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    Alaus lusciosus

    Alaus larvae are carnivorous. I was unable to get mine to eat pellet food, and I had to give them freshly killed insect prey.
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    Polyphemus moths

    https://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/data/hostplants/search/list.dsml?searchPageURL=browse.dsml&Family=Saturniidae&Genus=Antheraea&Species=polyphemus&Country=&sort=Family This is a database of larval hosts for Lepidoptera. I would be careful of using species that only have one listing on this database.
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    Catching tigers

    Does your pitfall trap kill them? I should probably have specified that I am looking to keep Tetracha species as pets.
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    Biggest noob mistake ever made

    I think it was about five years ago at least, but I once a Luna moth in my area. It was floating in a river, so I rescued it and brought it home. I was looking at it and somehow, even though I knew very little about arthropods, I noticed it had no mouth parts. I assumed it had lost them. Since I had heard Lepidoptera (although I did not know that order name) taste with their feet, I spent the rest of the night trying to make it happy while it died. Looking back, I practically drowned the poor thing in all sorts of sugary liquids. I later found out that Luna moths do not feed as adults, only live a week, and (minus the river trip) was living normally.
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    Catching tigers

    Sorry to jump into this thread, but, @JKim, in what sort of habitat did you place the pitfall traps? I would love to find Tetracha tiger beetles, but so far, I have had no luck. If you have pictures of the traps, I would appreciate it.
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    Light trapping

    Also, I hope to devise some experiments to show the USDA that many of these insects are harmless to agriculture and work towards deregulation.
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    Light trapping

    My ultimate goal is to obtain the permits for tropical beetles, lepidoptera, and phasmids. I am also trying to work with AZA institutions as it would give me a larger market to sell to (only a few private individuals have permits). Therefore, I have to comply with all the USDA regulations.
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    Light trapping

    It is technically illegal for anyone to sell them without permits. I have the permits to both acquire and sell Blaptica dubia.