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AlexW

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  1. Yes, fruits/vegs/vertebratefood. Petals of non-poisonous plants are highly attractive for tenebs, isopods, and other omnivorous grazers; for drought-tolerant spp. they can be dried and left in the cage for long periods (unsweetened cereals and sometimes lettuce can also be used this way). Do note that grain moths/beetles like Plodia will breed in dried petal piles of sufficiently large size.
  2. They will likely eat at least some normal darkling foods
  3. When suitable food is available 24/7, it is often very difficult to see healthy tenebs feeding on it
  4. I suspect your “L3” that pupated may have molted far more times than you think
  5. Orin’s ult beetle guide notes that clicks and darklings molt many times before maturity, often w no apparent size increases
  6. Welcome! Feigner darklings should be a good starter insect, they’re much less troublesome than many scarabs.
  7. Even pentatomids and caterpillars will cannibalize when starving or crowded, and almost all generalist herbivores will eat corpses even if healthy.
  8. Agreed with Bugboy (yes, it's spelled correctly). Penthe is so poorly studied that no online research exists on their biology; however, putting them in a box with fungi and moisture levels similar to those in their habitat is probably enough. Keep in mind that many large fungus beetles are specialist feeders and may possibly become unhealthy or experience larval deaths if forced to feed on non-preferred species for long periods. You may wish to occasionally offer beetle jellies or fruits as supplemental foods though; Penthe have been known to eat it in captivity
  9. One of my friends fed an Alobates adult a scarab grub. Despite being a slow, vulnerable animal, the grub was unharmed; one would expect grubs to be a favorite of predatory slow-moving forest beetles (after all, lucanids enjoy chewing them up)
  10. Very little seems to be scientifically known of its biology but since it is a close relative of Pyrophorus care is probably very similar. Hisserdude has a caresheet for Pyrophorus on his blog.
  11. http://arachnoboards.com/threads/inducing-bdfb-to-pupate.280289/ some tips
  12. McMonigle's guide says a yr or two for the adult beetles
  13. You might wish to view this: In any case, it is known to be definitely harmful for at least some insect species; there was a research study somewhere documenting that a coccinellid species was harmed by it. I think there were also studies on Drosophila and Tribolium showing the same.
  14. In case you didn't know, there's a roachforum.com and it's run by the same owners as this one Welcome!
  15. Ult guide says: 4 to 8 months and rarely longer
  16. Welcome! Keep in mind that many species are not commercially available, so you may have to catch them yourself
  17. You live in Europe, where non-dead exotic beetles are often legal to import and much more popular than they are in the US
  18. I've been around for several yrs, and every time someone buys Gym grubs from Peter it's always the standard morph.
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