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Are you breeding this specie, or just collecting them?

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Are you breeding this specie, or just collecting them?

 

Both :)

I'm trying to acquire as many as I can so that I can have a stable culture.

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dang nice dude!

 

Thanks man :)

 

So....have you started growing interest in this species? lol

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Thanks man :)

 

So....have you started growing interest in this species? lol

no, just glad to see that you can continue with them

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Well, if you do succeed in breeding them and decide to offer some for sale - keep us informed.
Although I am sure you will not have any problems finding people who are interested in them ;)

Very nice batch of larvae, by the way! They are not canibbalistic?

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Well, if you do succeed in breeding them and decide to offer some for sale - keep us informed.

Although I am sure you will not have any problems finding people who are interested in them ;)

 

Very nice batch of larvae, by the way! They are not canibbalistic?

 

I've actually got request from several people to sell me the offsprings when I do succeed in breeding. lol

 

They don't seem to be cannibalistic but the adult I caught with these guys ate two larvae :(

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Hmm... Here in Missouri, I come across Phileurus valgus every once in a while.

 

One thing I observed from my first failed attempt at keeping them as pets was that they will become cannibalistic if they don't have enough food.

 

I'm thinking your Phileurus truncatus are probably very similar in that regard.

 

So, I guess my advice to anyone trying to take care of them is to ensure food is always present in their containers, else the darker side of Darwinism will rear its ugly head.

 

Cheers

 

P.S. - While I never had the opportunity to try it, I think adding waxworms to the diets of the adults might be worth a try in order to help shut down that cannibalistic instinct.

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I'm thinking your Phileurus truncatus are probably very similar in that regard.

 

 

Cheers

 

P.S. - While I never had the opportunity to try it, I think adding waxworms to the diets of the adults might be worth a try in order to help shut down that cannibalistic instinct.

 

Yep, I'm keeping both P. valgus and P. truncatus right now and they both feed on insects.

 

Interestingly, these guys can also feed on dog foods so I've been feeding mine with moist dog foods for the past few months. They seem to like it :)

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Nice! Be sure to keep me in mind for a breeding pair when you get your stock up and going.

 

Cheers

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Nice! Be sure to keep me in mind for a breeding pair when you get your stock up and going.

 

Cheers

 

You will be the 6th person waiting for me to breed this species. LOL

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I had this species for seven generations but lost the last generation after a failed experiment augmenting larval size through additives (they grew huge but the wingcases did not close correctly and they ate each other). I would suggest against dog food for conditioning females you hope will lay eggs, and strongly against so called protein jellies that will starve the adults and cause them to kill each other after a while. I tried to offer various particulars on rearing this species in For the Love, I-M, and the ultimate guide.

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I had this species for seven generations but lost the last generation after a failed experiment augmenting larval size through additives (they grew huge but the wingcases did not close correctly and they ate each other). I would suggest against dog food for conditioning females you hope will lay eggs, and strongly against so called protein jellies that will starve the adults and cause them to kill each other after a while. I tried to offer various particulars on rearing this species in For the Love, I-M, and the ultimate guide.

 

I'm keeping all the adults separate from each other so hopefully they won't get chance to kill each other :)

 

I have no insects to feed them right now so I'll probably have to stick with moistened dog food until I get some live bugs to feed them.

 

 

I've noticed that all the Phileurini I have have stopped laying eggs since September so I guess I won't be getting any more eggs this year :(

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The latest I ever collected eggs for this species over the years was November 5th

 

Shoot. I should have saved up some substrate for breeding these guys than. I used my last remaining substrate on the larvae I collected few days ago.

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I guess failing to get eggs this year is inevitable for me in my current state.

 

I have two females right now so hopefully, they'll start laying eggs next year when I prepare good substrates for them :)

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Good luck man, hope these guys get going for you! Very pretty species!

 

This is going to sound kind of stupid, but how do you differentiate between male and female? Both seem to have horns (which is really cool, by the way), but is there an evident characteristic that can be seen in the pics? It could be something really obvious that I just haven't picked up on since I'm not familiar with this species...

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Wait, you told me that I won't be getting eggs if I don't get them before October. So how did u get the eggs?

 

http://beetleforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=1678

Mine were multiple generation captive bred which affects timing. You have wild-caught and if you did not have them set up correctly well before October the chances of you getting eggs were near zero. I collect tityus eggs from December to March each year but if someone had wild-caught would you suggest I tell them to wait till December to set up the egg laying cage?

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Mine were multiple generation captive bred which affects timing. You have wild-caught and if you did not have them set up correctly well before October the chances of you getting eggs were near zero. I collect tityus eggs from December to March each year but if someone had wild caught would you suggest I tell them to wait till December to set up the egg laying cage?

 

So there aren't any special ways to induce them to lay eggs at the time they aren't suppose to lay eggs. Was hoping to learn if there was some secrete to it but I guess there aren't any (beside keeping them for multiple gen.).

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So there aren't any special ways to induce them to lay eggs at the time they aren't suppose to lay eggs. Was hoping to learn if there was some secrete to it but I guess there aren't any (beside keeping them for multiple gen.).

Not that I know of, maybe you can discover one.

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