I usually lurk on any forum i'm part of but what the heck, here's my intro. I live in Maine and work in a genotyping lab focusing on lab automation (not SUPER techy but I like to tinker). Got 5 L2 Dynastes tityus grubs off Bugs in Cyberspace and have a few of Orin McMonigle's books on Beetle breeding. Very interested in breeding for novel mutations/colors if I can get a colony established.
I've read a lot about the hobby in Japan and have watched a lot of videos by 'Beetle Breeding Daniel Ambuehl', as I am also very interested in insects as a sustainable food source. Particularly interested in detrivores that are used as food in existing cultures. A lot of entomophagy is focused on things like mealworms and crickets. Since those eat things people can eat they aren't super exciting to me, though I do have a Tenebrio molitor colony--. Would love to find some species that eat leaves or dead wood that have edible stages of the life-cycle. Excited about finding like-minded people potentially near-by!
Would also love to learn about how to make the beetle hobby sustainable, exited to read about making things like oak-flake soil at home so I don't need to spend wild amounts of money on ground up leaves! 😰
Also very interested in the isopod hobby. I have a handful of species but nothing that is TOO extravagant. 🐞 Joe