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  1. Hello, My name is Sophie. I should start out by saying that I am very new to the awesomeness of insects! Despite this, I really enjoy learning about their behavior and would like to know more. Recently, I started collecting Phyllotreta cruciferae (crucifer flea beetle) as part of my Master's project. I have heard that these guys can be tricky to care for. I would love to get a handle on how to house them properly and potentially keep a colony. I thought this would be a great place to find out more about beetle care, post some progress, and generally see what other enthusiasts are doing. Thanks for letting me join the forum! Here are some beetles I collected recently. Photoshoot with a beetle I caught.
  2. From what I've heard over the years it's not hard, but I can't seem to do it. I saw a female Eastern Hercules Beetle in an elementary school playground back when I was in elementary school (in Jefferson, MD). I'm 26 now and I've been searching for another one for years now with no luck. I always hear they're typically found at playgrounds and parking lots by accident. I've been digging under old logs and stumps in the forests around my home; (Which is nearby the elementary school I went to.) and although I have found many different beetles during this hunt, I still have yet to come across one of these beautiful creatures. I've been out almost every night looking around light poles, but perhaps it's still too early in the season to find anything large just yet, despite I've found many different species by this point. At the moment I'm taking care of some Bess Beetles at home, that I found in a colony nearby the home, and they've been a pleasure to have around. Anyone got any tips onto how to run into a Dynastes Tityus? They're my absolute favorite beetles and I would love to see some again, and even start caring for them if I can.