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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!
  13. There is only one Home Depot in Payson, AZ so if you get lost, anyone there will be able to direct you. But just in case this is the address: 2000 N Beeline Hwy, Payson, AZ 85541. It's a good spot for D grantii when they are flying as long as you don't happen to go there right after someone else has collected them. It's a pretty well known spot. You need to make a MV/MH light setup if you plan to use your own lights and not hit the various lights in Payson. Black lights and definitely the light you showed in the link don't work that well at drawing in D grantii. It's strange. You definitely need a Mercury Vapor or Metal Halide light. You will need to make it yourself. Probably just easier to hit gas station lights, convenience stores, home depot, etc. That's what most collectors do. You will often see a few collectors in Payson
  14. I think 70 will be ok but sometimes you will need to referment it if after 3 months its not very dark brown or black. The best results are in the summer when its 80 or above. It's sort of trial and error thing.
  15. 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.
  16. For breeding? Larvae? Or just a pet adult beetle? If its for a pet adult beetle, blue death feigning beetles are the best imo.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Make sure the holes aren't too big, you don't want it to dry out too fast.
  22. 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.
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