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  1. GelGelada

    Strategus Antaeus cannibalistic?

    Yeah, temperature fluctuation is my primary suspect right now, because it was very warm and then it suddenly got super cold while we were away. The weather is really just doing whatever the it wants right now. Today it's in the mid 70's but a mere two days ago it was below freezing. We don't keep the heat on very high this time of year, but dropping from about 77 to 75 or so doesn't really strike me as a huge drop in a house. Then again, I'm not a teensy larva in moist soil. It might have felt MUCH colder to them than it does to me. Our house is old and our thermostat isn't very accurate and I can't exactly figure out the temperatures in a bunch of small cups right now with the ox beetles. The smallest babies don't have a lot of soil to "cushion" their temperatures in their cups compared to my huge eastern hercules, so that's why I think it may have been too cold and they got shocked? As for your die-off, I feel you there because I just ran out of my jar of food I made for these guys during the hurricane and I'm kinda worried that they will get shocked from something different. They don't eat much of their substrate so I'm unsure how to keep them well fed with what plants I have here locally. I think moving them to all sand and leaves though would be too much of a shock, since they have been in a mix of oak flake, leaf flakes and sand since birth. I wasn't aware that they could/would autocannibalize from stress, so thank you for telling me.
  2. GelGelada

    Strategus Antaeus cannibalistic?

    I want information from people that have hands-on experience with Strategus Antaeus. Not a similar species. Specifically this species. The "Complete Guide" book that I have is too vague with Strategus Antaeus and has been entirely unhelpful for the time I have been raising this species. There simply isn't enough concise information for them. If it's online, I can't seem to find consistent answers. I don't know if the "Ultimate" guide adds additional information for Strategus Antaeus, but the version I have is but a tiny segment. I have had far better luck with my own experimentation, substrate especially, than anything else, no offense. A big issue I have with the care book is that it states that they will not survive to adulthood in rotten wood but then fails to precisely note what kind of sand they need. I live by a beach. To me, sand is extremely fine. More than "playground" sand but that doesn't compact. To not say what kind of sand is annoying because sand isn't all the same... Anyway. The eggs seemed healthy and were developing well before I left. They had begun to turn yellow and I could see the babies inside very clearly. If they were damaged, I don't think they would have gotten that far, but I could be wrong. Reason why I disturbed them to begin with is that I would rather risk damage than not be able to observe the eggs, as I was experimenting in different substrates and food, as said in my other threads. Having them individual cups allowed me to have precise dates for when I found them and how they were developing, as the care book also doesn't even say how long it takes for them to mature. Additionally, leaving the female inside her bucket to continue digging would harm them, as I found one crushed egg next to another when I first started looking for eggs a few months ago. Since they only lay about twenty eggs, who knows how many she crushed already while packing the soil that I didn't find. What I DO want to know is if the grubs are cannibalistic. I'm housing them all separately now, but I want to know. Can someone who has raised the species give me information? Thanks.
  3. I recently went on a trip and I had two cups with multiple eggs inside, four in each because I had no time to run out and get individual cups for my last wave of eggs. I had planned to get them as soon as I got home. No grubs in them already, just eggs. They were meant to be immediately rehoused when I returned, but some of them hatched earlier than my predictions. When I finally got home, there was only three in one and two left in another, though one of the babies appeared to had died of other causes. That baby didn't appear to have eaten and was shriveled up. Nothing could escape... so I'm guessing they're cannibalistic? Or could even fresh babies surrounded by food still feel overcrowded that quickly? They must have been together for barely two days after hatching. I feed them a mix of dead leaf flakes and crushed apple, served as a sort of paste, which has done very well to feed my other Antaeus larva. I saw no note of cannibalism in the handbook for Antaeus... was I just unlucky? I don't think one emerged and crushed the other eggs, but it's possible I suppose... however, I'm skeptical because all of my larva, even my eastern hercules, barely move right now. It's kind of cold in the house. They find their food and just park right at the bottom of their containers where I can see them gorging.
  4. GelGelada

    Fungus gnats

    I've had zero issues with using panty hose stretched over my buckets where I had gnat problems. I secured it with a hair tie so I could easily take it off, because tape wasn't giving me a nice enough hold. Excellent ventilation. Using other stuff was reducing my air flow too much and I was getting more mold than I am comfortable with, as I live in a place where mold takes root extremely easily, not just in my beetle housing/substrates. If you don't want to pay a lot for panty hose, many costume/fabric stores will sell a similar, thin gossamer fabric that should work in the same way. Good luck!
  5. Yeah, I expected that but I wanted to note it here in case anyone else was planning on getting the thinner one so they would know? Especially about the thin version's picture quality. I don't know if the big one doesn't have that issue or if it still does. I just got this one to start with for space-saving reasons because I JUST started beetle keeping and I don't need anything for other species quite yet; just the basics for what I have for quick reference. Thanks though!
  6. GelGelada

    Visitor on my patio

    Oooh, what shapely legs! We don't have anything like that where I live. What a cool find.
  7. I recently purchased The Complete Guide to Rearing the Eastern Hercules Beetle and Other Rhinoceros Beetles... however, I am not too satisfied with the quality of the book I received from Amazon. I am aware that there are more complete books out there, but I wanted a thinner book as I only plan on raising this one species of rhinoceros beetle for now and I wanted something I could carry to read and memorize while I was out. Anyway. The quality of the paperback book is... suspect. I am not sure if it is supposed to be this cheap feeling, but it feels as though someone made a photocopy of the original hardcover book and simply stapled it together. Most of the photos are black and white and poor quality. There is one set of color photos in the center, but the rest of the photos are somewhat pixelated and it makes it difficult to see details in some of the more important photos, such as the photos of the grub underbellies for sexing or colors for substrate reference. The font within is about size 11 or so and easy to read; no pixelation with that printing, thankfully. The book is 40 pages and I have noticed a few typos, but information is clear and it is not a difficult to understand text. The information inside is mostly what you can find here on these wonderful forums, so I will not detail all that unless specifically asked. However, I would say that if you are thinking about getting the book, get the "Ultimate" book and get it in hardcover. Your quality will likely be much better... and it will look much better on your shelf.
  8. GelGelada

    Rhino beetles!

    FINALLY got a nice sunny day here to get a good photo of the female beetle! She actually didn't try to fly away this time...
  9. GelGelada

    New Beetle Enthusiast!

    Yep, I knew but I just can't keep roaches right now (boyfriend and my roomie are terrified of roaches of all kinds... but they are mostly okay with my beetles). I am introducing them to being more bug tolerant with my beetles, because they both like beetles from cartoons and video games! It's a little easier and I get to enjoy my own beetles too.
  10. GelGelada

    New Beetle Enthusiast!

    Hello! I am Steve and I love big beetles! I like roaches too, but that is not why I am here. I am new to the beetle keeping hobby. I currently have a pair of Strategus Antaeus, but someday I want to keep and breed D. Tityus. I have always had an interest in beetles and insect keeping, but I could never keep them before. I have little hands-on experience in keeping beetles and what I do know comes from book and online reading, longing to have my very own beetles. Someday I hope to breed my own and keep a family of Tityus or Grantii if things keep going well for me, (unfortunately, I am in the USA so I cannot keep Japanese beetle species). For now, I have my little rhino beetles. I am not sure how active this forum is, but I was very excited to see other people who appreciated beetles, as they are not kept in my circle of insect keeping friends.
  11. GelGelada

    Rhino beetles!

    I do not. I JUST started keeping beetles this month, but I had been rotting wood for weeks in preparation to order larva at the end of this month. These beetles were a complete surprise/not planned, you see. I was not even aware that they lived in my particular area, much less other large larva I have found during the flooding (palm sized, but unfortunately dead). I will be ordering a care book as soon as I can, however- but there is currently no mail running in my area as offices are closed due to flooding and many roads are shut down. I have not received mail in over a week due to it, so I am holding off on everything.
  12. GelGelada

    Rhino beetles!

    Hurricane Florence flooded and destroyed my yard... but it gifted me with beetles! I have found various beetles and large larva around my property in the last few days, including a pair of rhino beetles! At least... I think this is Strategus Antaeus. Please correct me if I am wrong, as I am inexperienced. Female is feisty and tries to nibble at my skin but the male is super easy-going and nice to handle. Does anyone here keep these kinds of beetles? (Photos attached of just the male, as the female is not as photogenic with me and tries to fly any time I handle her for a photo... I will attempt to take more photos later when it's daylight out and she is not as active)