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  1. G. caseyi are a great starter beetle, pretty hard to screw anything up with them. You should be able to get some great stuff with that permit! Any plans to get particular species in the future?
  2. Well don't you just have everyone's dream job! Welcome! That's a beautiful beetle!
  3. Glad he made it! He looks great!
  4. What a beautiful beetle! Great photos!
  5. Sweet Jesus no. I've used this stuff, it is absolutely not suitable for larvae to pupate in. You add water, mold it to make whatever burrows you want, and it hardens into what is essentially rock as it dries. I'm not exactly sure what would happen if you kept it moist, but even wet it was nothing like the sort of malleable clay substrate that would be appropriate for a pupal cell.
  6. Glad to help. Even with the same conditions, some grubs just lag behind a bit. If they're cold, that will slow them down as well. You can tell she's a molt behind the other one - her head capsule is much smaller compared to the larger grub.
  7. Your little lady isn't necessarily small, she's just a molt behind. She's just taking her time. Both grubs are full of food so you're doing great. Peter has oak sub in stock on Bugs In Cyberspace if you're worried about their food situation.
  8. I picked it up by the thorax, the little spikes actually make it easy to grab. Then I just set it down on my hand. None of the cactus longhorns I had ever bit me. The only beetles that have ever nipped me have all been blue death-feigners.
  9. I'm gonna jump in here to resurrect this thread with some info in case anyone is interested. I swapped my colony into a new container tonight, and I actually found some of the larvae! They are incredibly tiny, but they look identical to a regular beetle larva, just nearly microscopic. There are a few pupating against the plastic of the old container, and the pupae are also just miniature beetle larvae. They seem to make little cocoons out of bits of oatmeal. The beetles have also eaten out the bottoms and sides of the cork bark I have in their container. The ends in the oatmeal seem to h
  10. Haha, thanks! I'm pretty sure they could give a good nip if they wanted to, since it must take some pretty powerful jaws to chew up a cactus, but none of mine have ever tried to bite me. This one wasn't thrilled about being picked up at first, but it protested by squeaking instead of chomping.
  11. It figures, I spent tons of time trying to find these guys with no luck (finally did get a few found by other people) and today I found this cactus longhorn crawling along my patio door! It's currently in my desert tank with its buddies.
  12. Wow. Those are some beautiful beetles!
  13. I have three, and I'm keeping them on a mix of coir and sand, mostly sand. Mine have mated but I have not seen any eggs deposited. In addition to cactus, they will eat beetle jellies. They also like to climb a lot, mine spend most of their time perched at the top of a piece of cholla.
  14. Nice! I raised these guys but I never opened one of the cells for fear of hurting it, so I never got to see what they look like. Thanks for posting the photos, that's really cool! (And as a note, I never had a single one die after pupating, so if you've got them this far you're doing great and you should have a handful of little beetles soon!)
  15. I've been looking in the mornings and late afternoons, although the guy I got this one from says he sees them most reliably in the mornings.
  16. After a lot of luckless searching for these beetles, someone who found one in their yard contacted me and I went to pick it up. Please meet my first cactus longhorn beetle! It's bigger than I was expecting, and very curious and docile. I was attempting to take some photos of it with my decent camera, but it much preferred to walk all over me instead of sitting pretty on a piece of cholla, so I got a quick snap with my phone instead.
  17. Got a pair of these today - one is a bit smaller than the other, so I think there's a male and a female, although I'm not certain. I was a little worried they might nip me with those big jaws, but they seem very docile.
  18. A friend of mine found a pair of Pasimachus beetles in an Arizona canyon and snagged them for me. I can't get over how pretty they are! I have them in a sand/coir mix with some cork bark. They've been busy mating and chowing down on mealworms. The one I photographed is missing a mandible but doesn't seem to have any issues devouring prey.
  19. Looks great! I'm so glad someone else is enamored with the little adorable Edrotes. They don't last very long (they seem to last longer if you ignore them, LOL) but they are completely precious. <3 The water bottle may actually be overkill, though, and if your blues get wet they will turn black for a while. If you're going out of town I could see how it might come in handy, but a beetle jelly or a bit of fresh fruit gives these guys all the water they need.
  20. Sad to report that the palo verde grub did not make it and died in the pupal cell today.
  21. Depends on the beetle, really. If they have some sort of defining characteristic, sometimes yes. I had an Eleodes that I named Mr. Skitters because he would freak right out when he got his feet dirty, and frantically scrape the sand off before bolting off around the tank. (Something was perhaps wrong about that one, LOL.) Most bugs, though, just don't live long enough for me to feel good about naming them. My longer-lived things, though, do usually get names. I have a vinegaroon named Dozer, short for bulldozer because it likes to dig ALL THE THINGS. My camel spider is named Thanatos becau
  22. Picked up a sweet little Halloween crab yesterday. He's very shy and hasn't even tried to pinch me. Currently he's in a small tank with coir sub, cork bark and moss, a dish of fresh water and a smaller dish of salt water. I'll be hooking him up with a chunk of cuttlebone today, and I've been feeding him bits of strawberry and fish food flakes. He'll be getting some mango and veggies tonight once I swing by the store. His current tank is pretty small (so is the crab so it's suitable for now), but I'm gonna be moving my desert beetles into a different tank, and he'll be getting their 20-gall
  23. I tried taking a pic but the plastic container makes it mostly a photo of camera glare and reflections, haha. I'll try to get a decent one! And yeah, it seems to be a partial cell dug out right up against the wall. Which is really helpful for me so I can keep an eye on the little dude and toss it if he dies in there, yikes. It doesn't seem to have a really definitive pupal "wall" like some, although it might just be hard to tell because of the container. There were a few potato roots heading in there which is why I fished them out, and the roots came out easy without collapsing the cell, so it
  24. Another update: the grub has stopped eating (I removed the potatoes as they were starting to sprout, but they were definitely nibbled on, mostly the skin area) and appears to have made itself a pupal cell against the side of the container. It has been in there for about a week and a half, just chilling. It may still die in there, but I'm feeling cautiously hopeful!
  25. I got two luna moths and two regal moths from Nathan a while ago (thanks!), and the first luna moth emerged yesterday, a few weeks after being liberated from overwintering in the refrigerator. She (I think) is perfect and so fuzzy and cute I can hardly stand it. I'm glad I thought to cover up my birdcage to prevent my lovebird from turning her into a snack, because the moth made a beeline for it and hung onto the cloth I draped it with.
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