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  1. Like Oak said, temperature is the key. When the temps are high, things go great, when the temps are low, it can stop the fermenting process or take very, very long. The basement being kept warm should work. I have my composters in a room with a small space heater and the room is kept at 75 degrees and it works fine during the winter. Any area that you can keep warm will do it.
  2. For breeding? Larvae? Or just a pet adult beetle? If its for a pet adult beetle, blue death feigning beetles are the best imo.
  3. Generally it's too late to find D grantii. The season also started very early this year. However, you just never know and sometimes you can get lucky. Good luck.
  4. I would wait a few days and see what happens. The smell is a good sign. If that smell get stronger in the next week, I think it will be fine.
  5. Wow, way to go! Its not easy getting D grantii off of ash trees in the daytime. I have heard they can be pretty high up on the Ash trees. Not many people have done it. I'm too lazy and just setup a MV light and let them come to me. But I would like to try it some day, though its hard work, I think it would be fun. Just FYI, most of the time there is no need to mate the wild caught females to breed. I usually just catch a few females and put them in a bin and they lay eggs no problem without any males. However, it doesn't hurt to have males in there too. Thanks for sharing.
  6. Welcome Chris! I'm from California as well. 50 larvae is fantastic from S aloeus, they can sometimes be not that easy to eggs from.
  7. Make sure the holes aren't too big, you don't want it to dry out too fast.
  8. Congrats hadogenes! Yeah, you have to use the MV for D granti. I tried using black lights one year and set them up all over and my MV got 10x that amount. For some odd reason, D grantii just are not that attracted to black light, unlike most other beetles. Yes, the best nights are when the temps are high, no wind and of course no moon. If you get that combo at the right time of the season, it can be awesome. Glad to hear it worked out for you.
  9. Palm Springs area off the 10 freeway is probably the closest. You can also check inaturalist for locations.
  10. I live in the Los Angeles area, we should all get together for a beetle hunt!
  11. As far as local stuff, within an hour, the only thing I can think of is the Rugose stag beetle in the San Gabriel mountains. Cotinis mutabilis is quite common throughout southern California. I can't think of anything else that would be close to you. If you could drive to AZ, there is tons of stuff there and its just a days drive. About 4 hours south of you is the Imperial sand dunes which has Megasoma sleeperi. You do have lots of rain beetles near you (Pleocoma). Those are really cool beetles that come out in fall/winter during or after heavy rains. There is great location for them righ
  12. I consider one year excellent for a WC beetle so that's great to hear. Cute little guys.
  13. Thanks Hisserdude for the information, much appreciated! I'm probably not going to breed them, just planning for now to keep them as pets. How long did they live? Thanks! Garin
  14. Has anyone here ever kept Trogloderus as a pet beetle? I caught some recently and they are new for me. They are very active, play dead like a Zopherus and are fun to watch. They are small but really cool looking. I was curious how they did in captivity compared to other tenebs like Asbolus, Eleodes, etc. Thank you for any input.
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