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  1. Mantisfan101

    Gymnetis substrate

    I know they need rotten hardwood leaves but all I have now are coco fiber, fermented sawdust, rotten hardwood, and beech leaves. Would I be able to sustain the larvae with this?
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    Sales of A.dichotoma in the US?

    All exotic beetles are illegal, end of story. Even if they were captive bred in the US they are still illegal
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    Lucanidae larvae id?

    Well I found a bunch of lucanid larvae and now I’m trying to pinpoint what sp they are. I found them in Maryland, and in some rotten log within close proximity of each other so I’m assuming they’re all the same sp. This is the only sized picture that would fit, but they’re maybe about half an inch long or so, with some(what I’m assuming) first instar larvae being about 1/8-1/4” long
  4. I find these occasionally and I managed to catch 2. They’re eating well but I have no clue how to sex them or how to get eggs from them. Does anyone have any experience breeding and rearing these beetles, or related species? Thanks!
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    Strategus aloeus care

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    Strategus aloeus care

    I’ve been thinking about getting some of these and from what I’ve heads they seem to grow quickly as larvae and seem relatively simple, although getting eggs seems to be a bit tricky. I was told to use tree bark, and that it’d induce egg laying. Does anyone else have any experience breeding and rearing them?
  7. 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.
  9. 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.
  13. 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!