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  1. Make relaxing fluid. I take Lysol concentrate and add some to water. Putting it in a sealed Tupperware with paper towels wet with the relaxing fluid softens them up perfectly the amount of days depends on the size of the beetle. I like pinning them with the legs out, I prefer pins because it is tried and true and makes inspection of the underside easy. If it drops the price of my big specimens! I don't care, beetles with the legs all folded up under and not pinned don't make any sense to me, unless you are just saving it to sell one day.
  2. Welcome! Hope you learn stuff here.
  3. I wonder if it's true that 40% of assassin bugs carry that disease.
  4. Welcome! Well decayed oak mixed with 30 to 40% of your rotted maple leaves would be more suitable. I haven't used maple leaves only oak so far.
  5. Welcome to beetle forum, I hope you learn a lot here.
  6. Nice beetle. You must be pretty happy.
  7. Those are awesome beetles. Did you catch them?
  8. Thanks! Can't wait to try fixing some of my specimens eyes.
  9. Wow, that guy has grown big. That's really good.
  10. Welcome! What part of Russia do you reside? Does your studies pertain to temperature regulation?
  11. For cheap you can use a DSLR with a 50 mm lens, extention tubes and reversed lenses. The photographer Thomas Shahan uses these techniques and he has very impressive Insect photos. If you have the money it's worth getting a real macro lens though.
  12. I think about insects I could have collected too but left behind for different reasons, and sometimes I question why didn't I collect it. You can't change the past, so my advice is to carry a small container wherever you go just in case you see something major that you want.
  13. Wouldn't it be best to keep it on the dry side? Thats what I've been doing, plus carrot slices help keep the humidity perfect and they might eat them. I notice my A. Floridensis like to make cool distinct sounds. And they aren't shy and don't mind the light. I use carrots in my cigar box as a humidifier, it works very well. Does anyone know the exact moisture level of the substrate that is best for this species?
  14. This is a great handbook for those interested in keeping isopods.
  15. Why am I not surprised. How depressing. The petition is over, the National zoos invertebrate house is shut down. So nice of the Smithsonian to give the public 5 days notice.
  16. It all comes down to money or petitions. If Bill Gates wanted certain imported beetle laws changed, he could. I asked on this forum twice if anyone wanted to start a petition yet no one. If I can't get support here, there is no hope for laws changing anytime soon. I think it would be relatively easy. I think people just don't care much.
  17. You can also check lights at gas stations and other places between 10pm to 2am, that's the times I catch the most on my light sheet.
  18. How high up are they? A long bug net might work.
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