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  1. Those are some great beetles. How big were the Goliathus?
  2. Don't move her for a day or two or she may get some dents in the elytra. I don't use artificial cells unless the real one is damaged.
  3. Arizona collectors at the right time of year. They are incredibly easy to rear through generations so it is a little surprising you don't see C.B. on vendor lists.
  4. Another problems with this species is the restricted range. I've never seen a live adult and I tried for a long time to get some. capreolus and mazama are pretty easy to catch or buy.
  5. Measured in the field, do you mean you caught it somewhere?
  6. F1 is the first offspring or filial generation; F2 is the second; and so on. Successive generations of progeny.
  7. Also, some of the cetonid cultures at World of the Insect are older than almost anyone on this board.
  8. I'd say 30 days at least but two or three months is usually how long they stay dormant unless you keep them in a hothouse.
  9. I just put them in a cool corner of the basement. I've never used a normal refrigerator for them, just one adjusted to about 55. If you keep them too warm too fast they will die much faster and lay few or no eggs, but their need or reaction to diapause depends greatly on the stock origin (cold climate, subtropical, or long-term C.B.). Depending where they come from many will never turn yellow, just green or gray, and only when they're dry and too dry will kill them rapidly.
  10. You may be right but it is spelled Braf on a dozen different pictures so it is not a typo. They were from a friend who speaks Czech and different languages spell many cities and countries differently.
  11. I have a few invert photos labeled Braf Croatia but it does not show up on searches. Anybody know where this is?
  12. The legs turn black days before they molt. If the body turns black they died.
  13. If I didn't know any better I'd swear the three developing eggs could only be female.
  14. I still have a colony going from the ones I got from a certain lucanus in 2017 but breeding and feeding so nuanced I often end up mating them across generations (because they eat each other and males get pinged the most). I swear though before I could add a new generation male I got six eggs a month early and 3 look good. The male in that group was eaten back in March. I don't remember the stock I kept for seven generation in the 90's being quite so trying.
  15. Cotinis larvae are full-grown in a month with supplements and might take six months on rotten wood. I am not sure if they can get as big on wood but there are many levels of wood quality and type so the answer is likely yes at least to some. They are the neatest North American cetonid to run into outdoors because they are day-active, big, and loud. Here's an old page from 35mm prints. https://www.angelfire.com/oh3/elytraandantenna/USInsects/RearingCotinistexana.html nitida
  16. 1. Captive bred specimens commonly live 7 months if pulled from hibernation early but can live 22 months if given an extended hibernation in the mid 50s. 2. Do you mean getting eggs? They mate with no assistance unlike some moths. Deep, damp, good substrate. 3. 16 oz. is fine for 1.
  17. I went to Mexico a while back and only saw some dead Megasoma specimens at the nature center museum area. Saw a boatload of iguanas though.
  18. Already did last week and I thought I bought them all. They're tricky.
  19. That is the ugliest Megasoma species on earth but it is still a very beautiful beetle. I'm jealous.
  20. I just ordered a few campchef oak from HD but it will take me a long time to see if it is better or worse. The problem with general hardwood is some work better than others but by the time I figure out one is great they're selling a different brand.
  21. I've used random "Hardwood Pellets" for years with good luck, however I've never had the chance to compare to oak because I've never seen oak pellets at the local Lowes, Ace, Home Depot, Farmer's Supply, etc.
  22. I have never seen more than 60 from a single female of this species, I know it is possible and I am curious the source of the female. Do you have a picture of all the eggs together? Why do you have only one female?
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