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Sophie posted a topic in Introduce YourselfHello, 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.
Hey all, 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
Hello everyone! My name is Ellen and I am someone who is quite new to the hobby of beetle breeding. In fact, I'm so new I don't have any beetles at the moment! But I am looking to get some very soon. A little background on me... I'm an undergraduate studying Microbiology, though I hope to pursue a graduate degree in entomology. I live in the United States, so getting most exotics is quite difficult because of our laws. Right now I am looking for other breeders in the US I might be able to buy from. I am also working on the overly-involved import paperwork. My ultimate goal is to rear G. Goliathus, but I plan on starting with M. Ugandensis or a few native species. I am a very friendly person and would love to chat if there's anyone out there who wants to give me advice or just talk a little! Cheers, -Ellen