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  1. A few black spots from damage are harmless but sometimes a bunch of spots are simply a prequel to death.
  2. Or bring back Maui's sky hook and you can turn into whatever you want. I would love to see some good pictures of Koa bugs posted on the forum. It's a metallic green, red, or blue 2" shield bug.
  3. If it is native to Hawaii you would get in big trouble but other than the Koa bug all the native inverts are tiny and boring. If it is adventive you are allowed to take it but you don't want to try taking something that isn't allowed where you're taking it. There are some really nice, metallic blue roaches with two orange spots that are adventive and should be okay to bring most places. I've seen pictures and they're beautiful but only half an inch.
  4. Compaction is an urban myth but it doesn't have anything good for them.
  5. 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.
  6. Molting can take place after many weeks of being curled up and usually lasts an hour but then they have soft exoskeletons for days.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Neither, as mentioned they appear to be Osmoderma.
  10. My daughter sent this pic from Japan. I didn't know such a massive Melolonthid existed (bottom left).
  11. 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).
  12. Don't forget the adults do eat each other. Not always immediately.
  13. Delays are usually related to substandard substrate.
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