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    I keep many different species; I often have some surplus for sale or exchange. PM me if you are interested in any beetles from my collection.

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  1. If larvae become quire yellow in colour and some of the larvae pupated, sometimes it is possible that substrate is not compacted enough for some larvae to build their cells. Usually I place about 5-10cm (depends on size of the beetle) of the regular garden soil at the bottom of the container then fill the rest with some regular substrate. The soil helps beetles to build strong pupation chamber. Simultaneously raising the temperature a little bit helps as well. I have also heard that is not unusual for some dynastes to add another year for no reason after their larvae reache pupation weight and
  2. What substrate do you use and do you keep them separately or together?
  3. Regarding that right fruit combination, I can tell what d.g. prefer in my boxes. They like overripe banana and juicy sweet fruit, apart from my home made beetle jelly. I would definitely use the overripe banana because of the very strong fruity smell and some juicy fruit lie very ripe pear as additional lure:)
  4. The spawn normally gets quite thick in some places so its colour becomes clear white, gaining some "critical mass". Then the change in conditions, normally more air access and light, triggers production of the fruit body. However, some smaller mushrooms may not need such mass, so I could be wrong. I judge it based on my kinshi growing experience:). It is not excluded that some slime mold could produce similar mass, but it normally does not go much underground. Anything from the oyster family or other edible mushrooms should be fine for lucanus spp.
  5. What you see is the mushroom spawn and it is not well developed yet. If it is in the range of your larvae' diet, than your larvae will have a sort of kinshi. If it is not, then they will just eat around it. Normally there will be no harm from it. If you expose it to some different conditions, like light and air then the spawn (if it is well developed) should produce a fruit body - mushroom, so hopefully you should be able to identify it:))))))
  6. Any ground lurking beetles, like predatory ones? And dung beetles as well...
  7. Really interesting, I always wanted to try some ground (pitfall) traps, what do these looks like and what bait do you put inside?
  8. It may not heat up at all if you are making it in a smaller volume. It normally depends how much of easy accessible organics is available for bacteria (e.g. yeasts, flour) in your substrate.
  9. Thanks, so I understand the faeces needs to be fresh?
  10. Thanks a lot for the link, Ratmosphere. Pretty awesome, apart that from what kind of poo they need:))) Still potentially very interesting, now I need to explore where to find some dung in London. There are stables in nearby parks, would the beetles use horse dung instead?
  11. I have seen it now:) We do not have it on UK's amazon, I suspect that the postage will cost at least as twice as the book:)
  12. Besides, did anyone breed these at home?
  13. Awesome, I always wanted to make some macro photos of these, amazing species!
  14. In my experience predatory mites did not do good good job with brown beetle mites. Although the number of adult mites has decreased, they did not affect small grain mites (I understand that these just their eggs and brown mites at their early stages). Same effect was achieved by not feeding protein to larvae for about 2 weeks. I tried with 3 different kinds of predatory mites and was not impressed with these at all. http://beetlesaspets.blogspot.co.uk/
  15. That's the problem with rainbows. Some males just sux at it, may be they just into a gay thing. Active males can mate with females for hours, some of them are just not interested:). Try to rise temperature in your enclosure and feed them with some high calories food. I normally have 2-3 males at the same time; if I do not have my I buy extra. Normally one of these 3 mates with all females while other just chilling out with them:) I feed them with beetle jelly; here is my basic recipe for this jelly; you can dissolve some fishing flakes in it to increase the protein content:) http://beetle
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