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  2. Hello @Goliathus, would you mind sharing how you bred this species? I would love to know! Also I would like to hear how your Trigonopeltastes breeding goes on, if you can start it. Greetings, BeetlebreederGermany
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  4. This must be a part of Be-Kuwa article... Before I even read this article in Be-Kuwa, I actually constructed a hypothetical study in enlarging insects by either transplanting corpora allata or somehow injecting juvenile hormone to extent larval stage, and asked comments from my insect physiology professor, and he said: that's not gonna work. 😅😅 He commented me that properly transplanting such organ is nearly impossible, and even with success to have it produce additional juvenile hormone, larvae may not successfully molt (pupate) to pupal stage properly. Have you ever experienced a p
  5. I haven't kept Gnorimella maculosa, but have bred Trichiotinus texanus, and found this species to be very easy. I hope to try breeding Trigonopeltastes delta soon.
  6. Good evening, I wanted to ask if someone here has experience in rearing or breeding Gnorimella maculosa. It seems like that species isn’t in breeding and I couldn’t find data regarding breeding online. Best Regards, BeetlebreederGermany
  7. Those things happen, only about 25% of the spiders found in my house get scooped up and tossed outdoors- There's only one way to learn, I did a lot of pointless animal killing when I was much smaller.
  8. Hello, I think it’s time for an introduction here. I‘m BeetlebreederGermany, I‘m from Germany and since roughly 6years breeding beetles. Right now I have around 18 species in breeding, 3/4 of them being Cetoniinae, while the other 1/4 are a small amount of other Scarabaeidae and one Tenebrionidae. I‘m keeping my focus on small-middle sized species and I am especially interested in breeding Trichiini. You might know me from my Instagram page (same name) or my Discord server, both revolving about beetles. Please ex
  9. Conradtia has been kept in captivity, but apparently proved problematic to breed. I've not heard of anyone in the US having worked with them. Yes - currently, the only genus of exotic Flower Scarabs (Cetoniinae) that have been de-regulated in the US is Goliathus. Hopefully, a few other genera will be added to the list, in time.
  10. @Bugoodle As far as I know there are really only three foreign species that are generally legal to own in the us (apart from ground + dung beetles) which are all Goliath beetles. (Also love stumbling across your posts seems like lots of adventures going on-- and have appreciated reading about all your named beetles lol)
  11. http://column.odokon.org/2015/0410_142600.php I wonder if world records can be broken with the use of JH?
  12. When I hear "strawberry beetle", the first thing that comes to mind is Conradtia principalis, since it kind of looks like a strawberry! -
  13. I got hit hard in the face by a strawberry beetle (Harpalus rufipes) once. That smell nearly choked me and burned my eyes! Never had any problem with those guys, but maybe that's why my pet lizards would never eat them. (This was before I really knew anything on this beetle, besides the fact that our backyard critters, especially toads and lizards liked eating them.)
  14. I know the beetle was. The only reason I called him "brave" cause he chased after it and he's only 7, I do feel bad about the situation, I should of never let it happen. I also feel terrible that I let my niece hold something that could of burned her. My niece would never of killed it, though. She cried her heart out when her mother killed a large roach in the house.
  15. The defensive chemical spray produced by bombardier beetles and other carabids can be extremely foul smelling and persistent, but it's not harmful to humans - certainly, not in the small amounts released by these insects. You definitely wouldn't want to get it in your eyes, nose or mouth though - it would surely cause a burning sensation for a while, before it wears off. Of course, spraying right into the face of a predator is exactly how these beetles use this defense mechanism, and considering how many insects and other animals use this tactic, it must be reasonably effective. Some of the
  16. I doubt the beetle spray will harm a human for more than a short while, I didn't look at the link, I've donated to wikipedia in the past, and since then, every time I used the site, they'd ask for more money, so I avoid them. You let someone kill the beetle? I'm not sure that's a very good lesson for nature appreciation, we learn our phobias from our parents and others, you must realize the insect was just behaving normally.
  17. Today we had a great bug hunt in my sister's yard! We found jumbo sized slugs, super cute hatchling hokie millipedes, our first rainbow darkling beetle, and 2 roach nymphs(we kept the nymphs to see what we get when they grow). We also found a rather large beetle I've never seen. I was a little too worried about it. I didn't know what kind of beetle it was. Does it bite, does it sting, does it spray? I told my niece if she wants to see it she needs to quickly put it in the container, but we're not keeping it. I asked her if her hands stink and she said, "Yup they stink. Yuck! " I told her to wa
  18. Just an update. It has been 2 weeks now with my Eleodes Armata larva. I made the mistake in placing most of them in non-clear disposable insulated coffee cups, but I had maybe 6 that are in clear jewelry containers with holes poked in the lid. Tonight I lifted one of those containers up, and I can see on the bottom a pupa. Yeah! super excited. I am guessing 1 to 2 more weeks. I believe it takes 3 to 4 weeks to go from Pupa to Beetle. Correct me if I am wrong. Do you suggest I put something in the container for them to climb on when they come up to the surface in a week or two? My house temp
  19. @Goliathus I would say yes.. I don't have any other at her size to compare her with since she is the lone surviver of her clutch.. but her shell is not thin or soft by any means.
  20. Very interesting - I've seen color aberrations in various other insects, but not in a rhino roach. Is her exoskeleton just as solid as in a regularly-colored one?
  21. @Goliathus yes... She has had this color for over two years now. Definitely not freshly molted..
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