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  1. How do you care for them? I might be getting a bunch of larvae soon and I have a bucket full of rotten white rot hardwood, and a bin full of fermented hickory wood. I know the adults are predacious, but I've heard conflicting reports as to what to feed the larvae. Any and all help is welcome!
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    kinshi and substrate for japanese rhino beetles

    I’ve seen and heard this a lot, but just because they’re from within the US doesn’t make them legal to own...I’ve seen people who had exotic stick insects and whatnot and claim that as long as its within the US/their state, it’s fine.
  3. I was looking for bugs in the woods and I stumbled upon a really well white-rotted oak log. Finding rotten hardwood is pretty tough around here and I could only find some beetle frass amongst the flakes of hardwood. My question is, how di I hold onto it/make it last as long as possible without using it? I don’t have any beetles to feed it to right now but I still don’t want to waste it.
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    Awesome beetles! Hopefully we can get these legalized within the US sometime soon...
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    Favorite animal and why?

    Exotic mantids, insects, parituclarly mantds, cockroaches, beetles, and ants along with fish, especially cichlids(south and central american) especially amphilophus and apistogramma.
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    Some qiestions I’ve been wondering about- My male D. Tityus finally emrged two days ago and the female emrged 2 months before him. How long will it take for his exoskeleton to become fully sclerotised and do I have to hibernate him in order to breed him with my female? Also, he’s like teice the female’s body size so would it be safe to leave him with her? Finally, his foreleg’s last tarsus appears to be swollen and red, it’s the “claw” section or the tip of the legs.
  7. Exactly what it implies although i doubt that there is a solid answer to this question, probably depending on a wide range if factors.
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    Hibernation questions for D. Tityus

    Thanks again for the speedy responses! His pupa is at the poin when the eyes and mouthparts are dark amd I can see his limbs under the shell if i shine a light. I can also just barely make out his top horn from above below the pupal skin.
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    Hibernation questions for D. Tityus

    Also, do the pupal chambers need to stored horizontally or vertically for the adults to properly emerge? Thanks once again!
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    Hibernation questions for D. Tityus

    Ah, thanks! So hibernation isn’t necessary for them to lay eggs, got it. However, I have 3 other male larvae that are nowhere near pupating and 1 male pupa that should emerge in a few weeks, should I hibernate he female just so that the others can catch up? Thanks!
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    Hibernation questions for D. Tityus

    Thank you, but she emerged during the middle of winter. Also I have heard that hibernating helps mature the female’s ovaries and eggs, is this true?
  12. Is hibernation reauired for females to lay eggs? What’s the temperature range that they should be kept at and how long should I let my female D. Tityus hibernate?
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    How to hibernate

    I was thinking the same but it seemed a bit too cold, would it be safe for all the other produce and stuff? But then again I have my test tube setup with my camponotus chromaiodes colonies in there for at least 3 months by now and they’re doing fine...
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    How to hibernate

    My D. Tityus female emerged but I need to hibernate her, yet I don’t have any proper hibernation setups. I can’t leave her outside in 20 degree weather and i doubt that the fridge is a viable option. Does anyone have any tips on some at- home methods if hibernation? Thanks!
  15. Mu female D. Tityus pupated but while checking on her I destroyed her pual chamber. What do i do? I know I couldn’t say much but somebody please help!