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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.
  14. 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.).
  15. Keep in mind that Dynastes tityus is native to your state and a very nice beetle.
  16. Welcome Irfin, There is a Megasoma rhinoceros beetle native to California that I have seen available as larvae from time to time.
  17. Those are very easy to grow up but they are likely to die as pupae and it is probable they are F1 even if you are told otherwise. You can reduce the percentage of them dying as pupae by keeping them well ventilated. Certain foods may make a difference but it has little to do with the size or health of the larvae. The way to keep them going a few generations is to have a lot and expect high cell losses. Don't get discouraged since if you get polyphemus or torquata you won't have the same trouble and some of those stocks really are 25 years old.
  18. I am curious where you got them if you didn't get the last ones. You can pm me if you don't want to post vendor data.
  19. I should add I have reared this species in the past and currently have L3.
  20. I would guess H. illatus if you're in the right area since they are about the right size, have the shape of dynastid larvae and the head capsule up top looks like the right texture (H. illatus head capsules have a very rough appearance).
  21. Yes, that book. My uncle gave me a copy for my 7th birthday and I read every species description over and over again, but especially the beetles.
  22. Eastern Hercules Beetle Dynastes tityus - it was my most coveted beetle as a child, firstfrom line drawings in a Charles Papp insect book.
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