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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
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    Visitor on my patio

    Oooh, what shapely legs! We don't have anything like that where I live. What a cool find.
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    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...
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    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)
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.