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  2. Thanks Peter! Glad to be a part of this forum!
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  4. Yeah, there are so many species to get!! And more species get discovered every year!
  5. I grew up next to a butterfly bush. She was my second mother. A wonderful provider! Great to see all these colors and if you see me out their sitting on your butterfly bushes one morning, don't be surprised! 🤣
  6. That's a hobby I could easily get into. Hard not to jump in with both feet! Good luck!
  7. Awwww thank you for your thoughts and for sharing that story. We clearly see them as more than just bugs. We know when there’s a change in behavior and can see the signs. Jill lost all her tarsi and a couple of her legs locked up and was no longer useful. But she was a tough girl, she still tried to get around. I currently having an aging male S aloeus. He is slow as well so I put him a smaller enclosure. He’s not as strong as he used to be and his main issue is that he ends up upside down a lot and can’t right himself. I put several items in there to help, but he’s weak. So I take his en
  8. I'm sorry for your loss, Chris. It's true that some beetles just die, but others slowly age and are more mobility challenged. That happened with one of my Blue Death Feigning beetles. She/he used to hang from the screen at the top of the terrarium. Then there was one time where five legs were hooked onto the screen, but one back leg couldn't make it -- the beetle kept trying to get that leg up there, to no avail. Then I noticed it getting slower and slower, then not eating fresh fruit. It must have been hungry, because one time I put down some fresh apple bits; it went over to the apples
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  10. About a month or so beforehand. Also another bigger batch has begun to smell of ammonia but it hasn’t heated up, should I discard that batch?
  11. That makes sense, but I'm pretty sure mine are L2 right now. Even if they are L3, they're still way too small to be mature.
  12. How long in total was it fermented prior? For most people there is no way (unless through mechanized methods) that flake soil would be ready from fresh sawdust in just 4-5 days unless you happened to have perfect conditions for it right now.
  13. I began fermentstion about 4-5 days ago and it smelled different at first but I checked on it today and now it smells earthy(not like sawdust). Is it ready? It’s a bit orange/golden in color, not the dark earthy brown. Is it ready? I fermented it a bit before and dried it after a while before fermentjng
  14. Hello, If my Hercules beetle pupates, can you put him in an artificial chamber twice his length and width?
  15. I haven't seen very many photos of Chrysina with wings spread, but Google Images might be of some help - https://www.google.com/search?q=chrysina+wings+spread&rlz=1C1CHBD_enUS903US903&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiw1pSyrILsAhUBQq0KHRf2Af0Q_AUoAXoECAsQAw&biw=1536&bih=780
  16. Yes, that's very much typical behaviour - mature Chrysina larvae nearly always wander around at the top of the container and chew at the lid for a while, usually in the weeks leading up to pupal cell construction. Why they do it, I have no idea. They'll settle to the bottom and make their cells, eventually. Mine (woodi, beyeri and gloriosa) have done this in every generation I've ever raised. In fact, I have a group of mature L3 woodi that are doing it right now.
  17. I currently have some Chrysina woodii larvae housed individually in 16 oz. deli cups full of rotten wood and a little bit of the flake soil substrate they came in. I've observed most of the larvae chewing on the container at one point or another. Is this normal behavior, or does it mean that there's some problem with their setup?
  18. My best guess would be Plagiodera versicolora, but it is very punctate and yours looks more smooth, at least in this picture.
  19. My D Grantii larvae do this occasionally, and they've been perfectly okay. Not sure why grubs like to wander above the soil, but it definitely doesn’t always mean there is something wrong.
  20. That's Cotinis mutabilis, the green june beetle/fig beetle!
  21. I think you're right, actually. This time I decided to keep the culture, instead of throwing it out after mold, and it seems to have decreased its mass by A LOT. And all the beetles are alive. Maybe I just had to let it run its course. Thanks everyone!
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  23. Hello! I'm a student currently doing a project on the jewel scarab! This forum has been awesome in helping me find some great reference pics. If anyone has more pictures of the jewel scarab I'd love to see them! Please post whatever your favorites are, especially if you have any good ones with the wings out : )
  24. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/sa_epermits/eauth-epermits I don’t think you need to pay.
  25. Where do I apply for one? And how much would it cost?
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