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  1. Tuson Arizona is a mega hotspot for Dynastes Granti but I would advise getting there early in the beetle collecting season because you will be have a lot of steep competition with other collectors
  2. So what I am curious about now is since carnivorous beetles are technically exempt from the permit requirements would that mean that rhinoceros beetles in the genus Phileurus which are all carnivorous in nature could be purchased and shipped to another state without permit?
  3. Oh wait Beetle- Experience is Beetle Source your website!?! I didn't realize that you were a member of the forum my apologies of referring to you in 3rd person.
  4. Interesting thank you guys for replying and thank you for your insights they are most helpful. I just got a reply from Steven who is the host of the Beetle Source website in Louisiana. His response is the same as yours Beetle-Experience in regard to inter-state imports and exports of insect species. I have read the regulation exceptions regarding beetle but does a species like the Triceratops beetle which is a rhinoceros beetle but is also considered a carnivorous species able to be imported to California without regulations or permits?
  5. So I've been discussing with a fellow beetle enthusiast over the email for a couple of days regarding the strictions, regulations and freedom of certain species that allowed to be imported or shipped between countries and between states. Apparently importing stag beetles (both exotic and domestic since the entire Lucanidae family is allowed) into the US is not illegal although vaguely put it seems that those purchasing stag beetles require a permit (again this is not really defined properly). Originally I didn't believe this until the guy I was talking with sent me a pdf file of a page from the USDA website containing a list of species that are allowed to be imported to California. What I did notice though was that rhinoceros beetles was not on the list at all. In the past I have purchased both adult stag and rhinoceros beeltes from other states without hassle or any problems from Bugsincyberspace.com so for me at least I find it a tad bit confusing as there to draw the line with the laws and regulation in terms of importing pet beetle species both exotic and domestic? The problem for me is that there are so many rumors floating around about the regulations of import and export laws on domestic and exotic insect species that I am having a hard time grasping which is true and which is not. Because I don't want to get into any trouble with the law but I also want to know where my boundaries are in matters like this? Does anyone know for certain because I understand that these laws vary from state to state but there most be an overall standard though?
  6. Interesting although I live further north in the East Bay region that is certainly not too far away however I do have to acknowledge that since the Bay Area is kind of the half way point between Northern California and southern Cali it will all have to depend on weather. This winter is colder and wetter than in the last 4 to 5 years and while rain is a good thing for all insects I do not know if the coldness will cause species like Cotinis mutabilis and the fluxation of northern and southern fauna of insects in California to retreat south or proceed northward. I guess we will have to wait and see but please let me know if you spot any.
  7. I've been wondering how far north does the species Cotinis mutabilis extend to. I have seen records of them being as far north as the Central valley region of California but I've been wondering if they exist in the San Francisco bay area of California?
  8. Hey I was just wondering are there members here from California who are open to trading or selling live beetles?

  9. That is the idea Pewrune initially the red brown stag beetle has smaller mandibles then the elephant stag beetle but often times major males of the red brown stag have larger bodies than major male elephant stag beetles. If combining the body size and mass of the red brown stag with the elephant stag's massive mandibles would create a hybrid that would technically be the largest stag beetle in north America.
  10. Hmm I see then well it was worth asking as there is no information I could find on my own about this and it seems like no one has actually tried this for themselves.
  11. So I bring this question up after seeing another post asking if rhinoceros beetle species under the genus Dynastes could interbreed or hybridize. In some species this is true and an experiment done in the early 21st Century proved it by crossbreeding two north American species Dynastes tityus and Dynastes Granti. Both were closely related and seemed almost identical with exception to thoracic horn length and coloration. Given that I must ask has anyone ever crossbred and created a hybrid of the north American stag beetle species Lucanus elaphus and Lucanus capreolus? Both species are roughly within the same size and length range as well as both species have the same breeding requirements and although different in appearance the two species share most anatomy features with exception to two things of course. The males mandible size and head shape and the length of the males genitals. L. elaphus has a longer penis and its apparent when comparing pupae however it can't be said that it is possible for a male L. elaphus to breed with a female L. capreolus as his genital would certainly be long enough to reach the unfertilized eggs. A question of whether any offsprings would survive and whether they would be fertile or sterile is in question but what do you member of the beetleforum community think about this hypothesis and do you think it is worth experimenting on? cuz I am thinking of performing this experiment next year given that I can find the appropriate logs.
  12. Nice I bought a book titled Insects of the World by Walter Linsenmaier for $2.50 the best 900+ pages I have ever bought. Its about the in depth detail of insect morphology, behavior, biochemistry and of course the different families and subfamilies of insects. The book is old even by 1991 it was already out of print and I was lucky since a college in Boston was trying to get rid of it on Amazon to make room for new textbooks. The illustrations are breathtaking of mixed media acrylic, color pencils and ink with very decisive creature design applied to each and every illustration.
  13. IS THIS TRUE!!!! OMG !!!! But what sections did he extend on, what new subject matters does the new edition cover?, and did he include any new species of beetle families?
  14. Is this a Northern or Southern mole cricket?
  15. His pose is great man. I'm sorry for your loss but he will stand like a momument as if he is preparing for battle.
  16. That is awesome I rarely see them for sale let along a sexed pair if you are successful in breeding the pair let us know your findings and research on requirements and conditions for breeding these magnificent predatory beetles
  17. Well I have never done a collecting trip for D. Granti but one thing is for sure be in the front of the crowd when the gas station and other bright lights turn on because D. Granti season is like a feeding frenzy for rhinoceros beetle collector from all over the US. The best hours will be between 10pm and 2am and look for bright lights that are as isolated as possible and near a large if possible pristine forest area. Using food bait bags can work if you have the right formula of fruits.
  18. I've had the book for a few years now but I have yet to experiment and test how successful the breeding and rearing methods are on US specie of stag and rhinoceros beetles yet.
  19. And that just to get an importing of exotic insects permit.
  20. I did research on the USDA requirements for exotic insect permits and you would have to know someone on the inside to get a permit, aside from the necessary payments and such it is technically legal to own exotic beetle privately with a valid permit. . .however the monthly cost and annual renewal fees are no laughing matter and for many is not worth it. It is illegal to own beetle for commercial sale or even commercial purposes. Aside from that getting the permit itself requires a level 2 clearance status.
  21. Are you asking about where to get permits and what are the procedures to get them dorcus7913 ?
  22. I have this book as well as his other book on invertebrate exhibiting and breeding both books are full of useful information. In terms of The Ultimate Guide to Breeding Beetles McMonigle goes over the most popular types of beetles in the hobby as well as both exotic and domestic species. However I will say that in terms of some of the additional breeding information on exotic species of beetle mainly rhinoceros and stag beetles the info. is condensed. I only say this because I own a beetle breeding book from Taiwan titled For the Love of Rhinoceros and Stag beetles 2nd edition and the information the two book set provides is similar but has some contrasts for certain species and more extensive information. However of the two books McMonigle's had a wider range of beetle species and provides information for a wider range of species overall as he has taken the time to first and foremost include information about native North American species which seems to be priority in most of the categories (Dung beetles, Rhinoceros beetles and stag beetles) over providing more extensive information about exotic species ( which is safe to say is because his sales market for this book is mainly in the US and thus providing knowledge but also abiding by not encouraging illegal ownership of exotic beetles in the US) Which he does give a warning to the readers in the epilogue of the book. I have yet to see if these methods are successful as I have yet to own any large beetles such as stag or rhinoceros beetles yet in order to test out and experiment with the methods of Orin Mcmonigle and compare them to that of Taiwan and thus also Japanese beetle breeding techniques.
  23. Perhaps for it is a reproductive survival strategy for Odontolabis siva in which more females are produced then males in a generation to ensure the survival of the next generation.
  24. I happen to have a hard decayed log that is in perfect condition to be used for breeding, covered in white fungi and bracket as well as orange mushrooms. I also have a stock pile of dried out leaves rotten twigs and branches as well as 4 bags of beetle substrate from Japan. Are there any US species of stag beetles that breed well in hard decayed logs?

  25. You know what forget I asked I'll just stick to native species then besides I have all the necessary materials, mats and logs to breed Lucanus Elaphus. Now I just need to wait for someone to start selling adult pairs.
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