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  1. Compaction is an urban myth but it doesn't have anything good for them.
  2. Chad Arment has a neat book compiling a lot of the old literature for all different ones but it doesn't have the thirty new timema that all look the same.
  3. Molting can take place after many weeks of being curled up and usually lasts an hour but then they have soft exoskeletons for days.
  4. If he's in a tight curl he is going to molt and you should leave him alone. If he's limp he's dying.
  5. So do you see a lot of ash trees in the areas you find the beetles? Arizona ash (Fraximus velutina)? D. granti was named for Fort Grant after Grant and possessive names in Latin end in -i (not -ii). Double -ii is common for certain last names like silvestrii (but the original name was Silvestri so there's really only one -i. I'm guessing the new doule -ii in grantii is from a mistake in the original description but I haven't seen it?
  6. Neither, as mentioned they appear to be Osmoderma.
  7. My daughter sent this pic from Japan. I didn't know such a massive Melolonthid existed (bottom left).
  8. I have raised them from hatchling to adult while providing carrots as an ancillary food (to help prevent them from drying out if I forget to water for too long).
  9. Don't forget the adults do eat each other. Not always immediately.
  10. Delays are usually related to substandard substrate.
  11. I have kept 11 consecutive generations and sometimes it is very difficult to get eggs or they wait till the next year (11 generations (7 and 4) spanning 14-16 years). Many times you get a bunch. As for rearing larvae they are somewhat easy anything that will damage other rhinos will probably kill them (like too dry of substrate, lousy substrate, substrate that is too shallow or loose and prevents pupal cell formation, worms in the larval substrate, etc.).
  12. Keep in mind that Dynastes tityus is native to your state and a very nice beetle.
  13. Welcome Irfin, There is a Megasoma rhinoceros beetle native to California that I have seen available as larvae from time to time.
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