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Everything posted by charx53

  1. All right, cool. Following. Mine is @bugboycharles
  2. Oh, yes! Australian Shepherds are gorgeous and make great dogs!
  3. I really enjoyed my rats when I had them as well. They were super personable and amazing. I think I had 18 of them at one point..but only because a female dumbo I purchased from a pet store happened to be pregnant and I was not aware until it happened! It was a great experience, though! I really enjoy cats as a favorite animal for a pet besides a rat. I recall some of my fondest memories with my cats and rats. I also have a dog that very much loves me and there's nothing like being greeted when you get home everyday from an animal with unconditional love for you! Animals are so very therap
  4. Thanks so much for the information. I definitely did not know any of this! Much appreciated.
  5. Fascinating...okay then. The lighter wood would be better for larvae and not the darker? Depending on the presence or absence or cellulose or lignin? I did not know this so thank you! It's good now I can figure out a way to determine which is which. This is very helpful!! So searching for white-rotted wood is more key for beetle larvae then?
  6. Well, I'm surrounded by trees every which way I look. Plenty of rotting trees to choose from!
  7. No, no idea. I gathered it from a tree that has fallen and rotted. It's hard to say..
  8. All right, that's very good to know. Thanks man!
  9. When gathering rotted hardwood for my beetles, I aim to get the parts of wood that I can physically crumble in my hands into a soil-like composite. However, I've two different logs I gathered from and one is dark, dark and completely able to be crumbled. The other one is rotted as well as it's able to be crumbled and pulled apart, but it is much lighter. Does this mean they are just at different stages of decomposing or perhaps different kinds of wood or both? I am guessing the lighter one could use more time to rot. Real question: Would both suffice to use for my larvae and beetle mating?
  10. I think I may try this method. Thanks for the advice!
  11. Kind of like the same thing with a small amount of mites on beetle larvae as well, yeah? So if I gather rotted wood for my larvae and beetle breeding.. should I sterilize it or not? I sterilized the logs for my D. Tityus to climb on. I've gathered a good amount of rotted wood just recently. I want to dry it out (as it it soaked from the rain, I had it outside) and then store the materials dry if I don't use it right away.. Now.. should I sterilize it or not? I have been trying to figure out a better way to do so anyways.. If I dried it out and chopped it all up and kinda sifted through and bea
  12. Do they pose a threat to the larvae? And how do you get rid of them if I notice some?
  13. I'd love to have some stags eventually to rear. Have you kept many stag beetles?
  14. I'd like to find some beetles of the family Chrysomelidae. They're so beautiful and would look great in my slowly building collection. Such as Calligrapha rowena, philadelphica, and alni. And I absolutely love the way weevils look too. I suppose I'm speaking more in the terms of for collection and not so much rearing myself, but I could perhaps do that also. Not sure much anything on keeping those beetles though.
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