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  1. I think you can use beetle jelly. It's been awhile since I was breeding them but I remember there was a time I ran out of Juniper and I fed them beetle jelly and they seem fine.
  2. Yes, that is the only size containers I have used for many years. On rare occasions I have had adults emerge with a crooked horn (D grantii, not D tityus). Not sure if it was the size of the container or some other reason. However, it's pretty rare so I never worried about it.
  3. Disk's sporting goods also carries it online. Its only $15 but shipping is $10 per bag, so it comes out to $25. Home Depot sells Traeger for $18.99 but not all the stores have it.
  4. I have used Lumber Jack Oak Pellets and Traeger Oak pellets for years and they seem about the same. You can get Lumber Jack Oak pellets on Amazon. Lumber Jack 20-Pound Bag, 100% Oak Wood BBQ Grilling Pellets
  5. Man, that is awesome! Congrats! I don't have much experience with D tityus. Goliathus has been breeding them for a long, long time. Many generations of them so I'm curious what he would say. Do you mind sharing what your egg laying setup was like? How deep was the substrate, what kind of substrate and how long did it take to get 102 eggs? Thank you in advance for any information. You are going to need lots and lots of substrate for those hungry grubs. That is crazy. Oh, was it a wild caught female or a captive bred female?
  6. I think like a lot of species if you are in the right place at the right time, you can see an incredible amount at one time. I live in California so I only have collected D grantii in Arizona. Some years it's amazing, some years ok, some years horrible. There are times that I have seen over a hundred at one light. I have a friend who collects D tityus in the east and each year he finds a few at gas station lights, etc but never a lot. One year someone called him and said there was a bunch of D tityus on a tree in their backyard. So he went there and I think he found over 30 on that one tree. I guess they had just emerged. The more years you go out collecting, the more often you hit it a big. I'm an old time collector (been going out for over 40 years) and have many friends that are the same. So we often sit around and talk about the times where hundreds of some amazing species emerged. For some species, it's a once in a lifetime experience and you never see it like that again. Other species, like D grantii, can be every 5 years or so.
  7. Congrats Goliathus! Awesome!
  8. Keep it very dry or very cold and it will last a really long time.
  9. It's simpler than it seems. You basically have the ballast that has AC power going into it and two wires coming out for a bulb. Most likely nowadays you will buy a digital ballast that already has an AC cord so all you need to do is attach those two wires coming out to a socket and stick a bulb in it and that's it for wiring. Some guys mount the socket on top of the tripod, others hang it from something, etc. Its up to you. The main thing is to match everything. Meaning, 400 watt and metal halide ballast, gets 400 watt metal halide bulb. You probably know they also make high out put bulbs with ballast built in. I think they only go up to 200 watts? Not sure. Bioquip sells them and I think they are sold on Amazon as well. I have never used those but I do know collectors who have used them and they have worked well. I think the issue is they get a little hotter and limited wattage available but probably plenty of watts for most.
  10. Hi Nathan. How long do you keep them at 40F? So you wait for them to emerge at room temperature and then when they emerge you put them in the cooler? Thank you for your help!
  11. I have been breeding M sleeperi for about 6 years now and I find them very straight forward. Room temperature and flake soil and they do fine. Some will take 1 year to become adults and others will take 2 years. I have them in the exact same conditions so not sure what makes the difference. So seeing nothing happen for long periods is normal for the 2 year grubs. As far as losing weight, I'm not really sure why that is happening. I never weigh any of my grubs so I'm not sure if mine do that as well. I do occasionally have grubs die and I'm not sure what the cause is. But 90% are fine and become healthy adults and reproduce easily. I really don't think Peter would have an answer on why because there is nothing special about them. Goliathus can chime in with his opinion since I know he has bred them for a few years as well.
  12. Yes, generally late August through early September. Each year can be different so it really helps to ask other collectors that have gone there recently or live there what the status is. Good luck and have fun!
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