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  1. I haven't kept Gnorimella maculosa, but have bred Trichiotinus texanus, and found this species to be very easy. I hope to try breeding Trigonopeltastes delta soon.
  2. Conradtia has been kept in captivity, but apparently proved problematic to breed. I've not heard of anyone in the US having worked with them. Yes - currently, the only genus of exotic Flower Scarabs (Cetoniinae) that have been de-regulated in the US is Goliathus. Hopefully, a few other genera will be added to the list, in time.
  3. When I hear "strawberry beetle", the first thing that comes to mind is Conradtia principalis, since it kind of looks like a strawberry! -
  4. The defensive chemical spray produced by bombardier beetles and other carabids can be extremely foul smelling and persistent, but it's not harmful to humans - certainly, not in the small amounts released by these insects. You definitely wouldn't want to get it in your eyes, nose or mouth though - it would surely cause a burning sensation for a while, before it wears off. Of course, spraying right into the face of a predator is exactly how these beetles use this defense mechanism, and considering how many insects and other animals use this tactic, it must be reasonably effective. Some of the
  5. Very interesting - I've seen color aberrations in various other insects, but not in a rhino roach. Is her exoskeleton just as solid as in a regularly-colored one?
  6. That's the color they normally have for a short while after having molted. If they remain that color permanently however, that would definitely be unusual.
  7. Over the years, I believe I've definitely had some reproductive issues caused by having female tityus mate a bit too prematurely. Even if they mate readily, it seems that if this happens too soon after becoming active, they do not produce fertile eggs. So, best to wait a few weeks after they have started feeding - a month, maybe. Of course, if you wait too long to mate them, they will loose reproductive viability. After becoming ready to mate, I'm not sure how long it takes for tityus females to become incapable of being fertilized - maybe 90 days?
  8. It's just a naturally occurring color morph of Nosoderma (Phloeodes) diabolicum, possibly from a particular area. I've only ever heard BIC use the name "Hellburnt" to refer to this morph - wonder if they came up with that name?
  9. They're definitely in there, but probably embedded 12" or more into the wood.
  10. Attached photos - larval bore holes of the large prionine cerambycid Mallodon (Stenodontes) dasystomus in a dead ash tree. I see the bore holes much more often than the beetles. The larvae are still active in these particular ones - fresh wood shavings are still being pushed through.
  11. Very interesting - I'd not heard of this species before! Then again, there are probably plenty of insect species in FL that I've not heard of.
  12. Apparently, darklings do in fact sometimes fly (in a limited way), but it's not a "normal" ability, and is caused by an occasional failure of the elytra to fuse during eclosion -
  13. I'm pretty sure that Catalina Island is totally off limits to collecting. About 90 percent of the island is a natural preserve owned by the Catalina Island Conservancy, established in the early 1970s. I've heard that you aren't even allowed to pick up rocks.
  14. Not lucanid or cetoniine larvae - they're either Melolonthinae or Rutelinae.
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