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  1. My Eleodes subnitens. A male and a female. The smaller is male, the larger is female. On my hand (male left, female right). Larvae of different ages. This larva is getting ready to pupate right against the glass.
  2. Here are photos of my Harlequin Flower Beetles (Gymnetis caseyi). I've been keeping and breeding inverts for over 15 years but this is my first time breeding flower beetles. My only other beetle breeding experience is with Eleodes subnitens. I started out with L3 Grubs, you can read abut them and see photos here: http://beetleforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=2081&hl My adults have been mating and laying eggs. Eggs and young larvae next to a pen. Adults feeding on brown sugar beetle jelly! Yum!
  3. Heading towards a delicate place where you don't want to get pinched!
  4. Jonathan (Dynastinae@yahoo.com) told me that he didn't have any available, as it's been out of print for several years. He does have this book available however: http://www.giantbeetles.com/book.htm Thanks for the tip on the ebay listing. However . . . I've already ordered one! I bought the last copy available from here: http://beetle.spider.acsite.org/price_list.html (Has anyone ordered from them?) They say it's signed but has an abrasion on the book jacket. It's all good with me. With my Invertebrates Magazine issues, Orin's book and soon, Jonathan's book, I will have a dece
  5. I know there are several members here at Beetleforum who keep/breed jumpers. Arachnoboards also has many jumping spider keepers and breeders. Check it out.
  6. So . . . Does anyone know of a source for "For The Love Of Rhinoceros And Stag Beetles 2nd Edition" or have one to offer? Please let me know. Thanks!
  7. He told me that theory maybe 15 years ago at an Invertebrates In Captivity Conference in Rio Rico, Arizona. But no, not interbreeding, more like a parasite living in a caterpillar, then once the caterpillar became mature enough, the parasite took over and hatched out into a butterfly.
  8. The theory is based on something that would have happened long long (long, long long) ago. Thus, the 2 organisms would no longer be two separate organisms, but one.
  9. That whole process is truly amazing. It still boggles my mind how a grub transforms into a pupa then into a beetle, yet I just saw it happen. I once heard a theory (in reference to butterflies) from the guy who runs Bugman Educational Entoprises that a caterpillar and a butterfly may be two different organisms that evolved to make one organism. And that would mean that so many other insects (including beetles) follow the same structure. If you think about the relationships of some parasites and their hosts, it seems rather plausible.
  10. Grub turning into a pupa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK7GyIoRZNU Wish there was one with a pupa turning into a beetle!
  11. I've known about the free computer game EVOLUTION for a long time but today I discovered this: They appear to be photos from 2 different Gameboy Advanced games. I just wanted to know, if anybody is still rocking a Gameboy (or used to rock one), have you ever played this game?
  12. That is a bold statement! Hopefully I can track one down. Thanks for the suggestion!
  13. Welcome to the forum! There is much to learn about here, and lots of friendly and knowledgeable people to "chat" with. You should also get some of the books from here: http://www.angelfire.com/oh3/elytraandantenna/ to expand your knowledge. I have been collecting those books for many years and they are packed with much good information. Again, welcome to the forum!
  14. Love all the photos! I used to have a decent variety of roaches, but now I'm down to 4 hissers (+ a few nymphs) and a lone dubia that lives with them. I often think about picking up all the hisser types and species (like I used to have) and a few other "high end" roaches, but for the moment I'm just going to stick with my 5 adult roaches. I have too many pets as it is. Keep posting those photos!
  15. So I've devoured Orin's The Ultimate Guide to Breeding Beetles and I'm looking for more! Are there any other books about the care and breeding of beetles? They would have to be in English. I do get Invertebrates Magazine, which has wonderful articles on beetles, and I am open to other magazines (that are also written in English). Please let me know what you're reading.
  16. Please read and sign! https://www.change.org/petitions/national-zoological-park-keep-the-national-zoo-s-invertebrate-house-open
  17. Acro


    Those are amazing! Good Luck with them!
  18. Beautiful animals! Post up photos when they arrive please. As for breeding, don't forget about it, give it a try! Experiment, do something new. Just because no ones been able to breed them yet, does not mean you can't make it happen. There are many inverts that (at one point) would not breed in captivity. It just took someone to figure out the trick to get them to do so. To quote the character Ben Hawkins, from the show Carnivàle: Everything's impossible, 'til it ain't.
  19. I just found this: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/24/dung-beetles-navigate-via-the-milky-way-an-animal-kingdom-first/ Dung Beetles follow the Milky Way!
  20. Thanks! Their first feeding lasted maybe 15 min, but now they feed for hours! It's rather amazing. One feeding session lasted 3 hours non stop! Also, it is confirmed that I have a male/female pair. The beetle that emerged first is male, the one with the hole in the cell is female. I know because during a feeding break, one climbed on the others back and I saw an insertion! I was too tired to take photos (early morn) but it happened, it took several minutes . . . I hope that means eggs soon! Right after they were done, they went back to feeding.
  21. I just read that Phalacrognathus muelleri has an adult life span of 2 years! Is that true?
  22. I'm not sure what happened with the pupal cell that had the hole. The grub made its cell, and just didn't seem to finish it, then turned into a pupa (and now beetle). No other cells were created that I could see. Now, for what you have all been waiting for, the stars of the show, let me introduce my Harlequin Flower Beetles! First beetle to emerge: Second beetle to emerge (one with hole in cell): Both on my hand: First feeding as beetles - Beetle Jelly that I personally brought back from Japan. Their heads and antenna are tucked because I kept moving their lo
  23. You should check out mantidforum.net as there is lots of good info and sources there.
  24. Thanks Amici Con Coleotteri. Now, I have more to add to the story . . . I was checking on them today, and I found that the open cell (with the visible beetle) had a larger opening and . . . there was no beetle inside! And there were no beetles crawling around! Another was gone! So I decided to get to the bottom of this and I pulled out the other cells and started digging in the substrate. Sure enough I found both beetles, they had just dug down. This is my first time raising beetles (outside mealworm/darklings) and I always thought I would find the emerged beetles crawling around o
  25. I've been raising 6 Harlequin Flower Beetle (Gymnetis caseyi) grubs and all formed a pupa cell. One of the pupa cells was left unfinished and I could clearly see the pupa inside the cell. I read that this is often a death sentence if a hole is in a pupa cell. I just kept the hole upright and I was able to peek in now and then. Strange and interesting thing #1: The pupa (in the cell with a hole) turned into a beetle! It appears healthy and not the least bit deformed. It moves now and then so I've seen it from several different angles. It has been drying/waiting for a few weeks now
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