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  1. I used to have a business doing educational bug shows for schools, birthday parties and other special events.

    I would always bring bug books and throw in a pitch to encourage kids to read. Tell them that one reason I was so knowledgeable about bugs was because of reading. Teachers loved it and the cool thing was, that it was true.


    So . . . if you can cover shipping I would be glad to send you a few bug books that I don't use often. They are field guides and such. Field guides are gems for learning about natural habitats food and life styles of inverts.

  2. LarvaHunter,

    That website has some beautiful beetle photos! Such amazing animals! I couldn't find the pic you were referring to, but I get the idea. :D


    Bill Myers,


    Darklings are better suited for an elaborate terrarium design (and I do plan on getting some darklings). I imagine it would be hard to find larvae and pupa with the plants (always having to dig them up). Then again, not many people are breeding death feigning beetles. I'll be getting some eleodes.



    You reminded me, I had thought of using some MagNaturals in the enclosure to give the beetles some vertical climbing space. Some are ledges: http://www.pet-tech.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=25&Itemid=111

    and some have hide-holes like the openings of a dead tree: http://www.pet-tech.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=29&Itemid=111

    I got a bunch of them in a trade a while ago.

    I don't know if air plants would like the same conditions that the beetles need, but MagNaturals are definitely plantable.


    Thanks for posting you 3!

  3. set up something with a bunch of nice pieces of wood and some leaf litter.

    That is exactly what I was thinking of.

    It would be simple but good looking and functional. An aquarium with a layer of substrate on the bottom, leaf litter on top of that, upright cork bark rounds ( http://avoision.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/vintageBazaarAragon_2012-06-10_46.jpg ) stuffed with substrate and the base buried, a few split cork rounds laying on their side (acting as shelter for adults). Some cork pieces have beautiful lichens growing on them. They may eventually be torn off, but it would only add to the substrate.


    Shade of Eclipse, can you point out any photos of beetle setups with "nice pieces of wood and some leaf litter"?


    LarvaHunter, have a link to that picture? Backgrounds always do add to the end look.


    Thanks you two!


  4. About 14+ years ago I kept several species of beetles (one of my first invert pets). I had a crazy mite outbreak that freaked me out and I ended up rehoming all my beetles. At that time, I really didn't know how to get rid of mites. Since then, I've kept almost every other type of invert but beetles, yet I've always loved them. Finally, I am about to try beetles again and I will have some by next month for my birthday (a gift to myself). I'm only going to keep 2 or 3 species of easy beetles, till I get the hang of it and have no mite outbreaks.


    So hardshell, my point is, sometimes it's good to take a break and return when you are ready. Also, it's sometimes good to focus on just a few types of critters till you have mastered their care, then move on to more. In the past I've had "burn out" from having too many animals but I've recovered and kept the love of bugs! (just my 2 pennies, take it or leave it) :D



    ( Even bad luck have speeding limits ) when you decide to come back to the hobby, you can choose any 3 species in my collection free of charge and good luck with the plants.

    stagtacus, I haven't even got my new beetles yet, but I'll leave the hobby and come back if I get to choose any 3 species for free!



  5. I would like to keep beetles again (after 15+ years of not keeping any) and try breeding something easy.


    Also, I want to (finally, after about 3 years) write about my Japanese beetle store visit, for this website and for an Elytra and Antenna magazine article. It was such an amazing experience (Japan itself and the beetle store)!

  6. When I first got into keeping inverts, I kept beetles. They acquired mites (the tiny ones that look like sand) and that freaked me out. I got rid of them all and started keeping other inverts.


    Well it's been about 16 years (give or take) of invert keeping and I have yet to keep another beetle. I've gained a lot of experience and I've kept many different types of inverts. Now, I want to try beetles again, this time I'm going in slow and easy.


    So, can you suggest a few good beetles? I am looking for something that:


    *will not be covered in mites!

    *is readily available

    *has simple larval substrate requirements

    *easy to feed adults

    *has short(ish) larvae stage, long(ish) adult stage

    *easy to breed

    *is fairly prolific

    *has a high rate of success between life stages


    Not all things listed are mandatory and in time I will try more demanding species. But for right now, I just want to ease into keeping beetles again and have some amazing experiences.


    Thanks for the thoughts!


  7. I am back, and safe. I've been back for a bit, but it takes time to get into the swing of things, you know how it is. Soon I will give the low down of my amazing trip! I was only able to find one beetle store, but it was wonderful!

    nurunuru, yeah I did figure out that the beetle fair was way too far away.

    As for sushi, I've only just got into sushi so I kept it safe. I stuck to salmon and shrimp, but I did try two types that I didn't know what they were. I still don't know what I ate. However, besides sushi, I had some amazing food! I will even post some of the food pics when I get the chance. Thanks again for all the help everyone. And I did bring back some beetle jelly so check the classifides soon. Full post of my trip to Tokyo soon to come!

  8. Only a few more days untill I leave for Tokyo! I am flying out November 30!


    I looked at that 'Black Out' beetle fair webpage that nurunuru posted, and I think they have a fair during December 4 and if that is true, I may check it out, if it's close. The dates are listed near the bottom in white. None of it is in English but, by the numbers, I am making an educated guess. Have a look and tell me what ya think.


    Besides that, if anyone else has beetle locations please post them and Thanks again!

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