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  1. 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!


  2. 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 decent collection of beetle breeding literature. Very Happy!

  3. I don't like that theory personally. DNA tests have been extensively done in the field of biophysics using molecular biology. I believe that it is proved that the caterpillar and butterfly are the one and same organism.

    The parasite and host symbiotic relationships are a bit different, since they have been proved to be different organisms using the scientific method.

    Think of it this way, is a chicken egg a different organism from the chicken?

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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! :o

    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.

  10. 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 log. However, they went straight for the food and ate for several minutes.



    Thanks for the good wishes! I'm hoping that they stop digging down and start being active soon. I am eager to try breeding them!

  11. 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 on the surface.


    But yes, now I have two beautiful Harlequin Flower Beetles! I'll take some photos tonight!


  12. 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 and I am excited for it's emergence.


    Strange and interesting thing #2:

    One of the other pupa cells developed a hole (similar to the unfinished pupa cell). I thought that it was a beetle getting ready to emerge, but upon inspection . . . it was empty! I found a shed skin (from either a grub or pupa) and nothing else. I am confused as to what may have happened. Did the beetle emerge, and somehow escape from the container? Did the beetle emerge and then hide (dig down)? Did something eat the pupa/grub while leaving an accessible pupa (the one mentioned above) alone? I am unsure what happened with this beetle/pupa.


    As for the other 4 pupa/beetles, I await their emergence!

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