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  1. Figured I'd make an update on this old thread for future hobbyists. After leaving the mold alone for a while, it all completely went away. I don't think I had enough ventilation in my deli cup as all of my B. cornutus adults died not long after, but I had a larva living in the conk that actually made it to adulthood eventually. So if anyone else has issues with mold, just leave it alone and hopefully it will die out on its own. I observe a similar thing with wooden decorations in humid enclosures sometimes.
  2. I'm not 100% sure, but maybe you have to create a youtube channel under your email and then you can choose a name?
  3. Such a cool picture! It almost looks like a 3D model or something, although I'm not sure why.
  4. That makes sense, but I'm pretty sure mine are L2 right now. Even if they are L3, they're still way too small to be mature.
  5. I currently have some Chrysina woodii larvae housed individually in 16 oz. deli cups full of rotten wood and a little bit of the flake soil substrate they came in. I've observed most of the larvae chewing on the container at one point or another. Is this normal behavior, or does it mean that there's some problem with their setup?
  6. My best guess would be Plagiodera versicolora, but it is very punctate and yours looks more smooth, at least in this picture.
  7. That's Cotinis mutabilis, the green june beetle/fig beetle!
  8. I think you're right, actually. This time I decided to keep the culture, instead of throwing it out after mold, and it seems to have decreased its mass by A LOT. And all the beetles are alive. Maybe I just had to let it run its course. Thanks everyone!
  9. That all makes sense. I just find it so hard to believe that people manage to rear them without having any mold troubles.
  10. Aw, that's terrible! How did it get to them? And do you still have eggs?
  11. In my experience, they will begin to eat most succulents/cacti if not constantly supplied with enough water or fruit/vegetable food. You also need to watch out for root rot as damp substrate from careless watering killed a cactus I kept with some darklings. Otherwise, I'd imagine that most succulents would be fine.
  12. I currently have them in a 16 oz. deli cup with 10 thumb tack holes for ventilation. So far, I can only see a bit of white fluffy mold on parts of the fungus where it's been broken and the inside is exposed. Otherwise, surprisingly, no mold so far.
  13. I have no knowledge whatsoever on mold taxonomy, but yeah, Trichoderma I guess. And yes, it's just the fruiting body. B. cornutus only feeds on dead/dying conks, so I don't think it would work to keep live fungus. Anyways, I know they can be reared in deli cup-sized containers, so others have avoided this issue somehow in the past. I like the lower temperatures idea, however, although I'm not sure how I could achieve that. Thanks.
  14. A while back I made a post about how I found some Bolitherus cornutus and I wanted to have a colony. Unfortunately, however, their fungus conk was completely overrun with mold. I even created an enclosure with lots of ventilation to mitigate the problem, but it was too late, so I was forced to let them go. Last night I found more in the same spot, and I want things to go better this time. That's why I have to ask: How do you people not get massive mold infestations? Any time I've ever tried to keep a fungus feeding species, including Neomida bicornis, a Diaperis sp., and of course, B. cornutus, the same thing has happened. And from what I've read on this species, they prefer high humidity and limited ventilation, which seems like a perfect recipe for mold. So how can I avoid mold this time around?
  15. I'd just say a screen enclosure or a tank on its side with a screen lid. And if you want the food twigs to last longer, you can submerge the end in a container of water with a paper towel or something similar covering the rest of the opening to prevent them from drowning. I wouldn't know with the eggs, though. Good luck.
  16. Awesome! I hope you can get as much use out of it as I have.
  17. Ah, I just knew they were used in composting and I didn't fully think about the implications of that. I took that as them feeding on decaying material, but I suppose it just means food scraps really as you're saying. I can't recall exactly where I saw it (it may have been one of Daniel Ambuehl's videos), but the process seemed to involve leaving them in a container of shallow water for a period of time to allow them to vacate their bowels. However, I agree with you; that's not something I'll be trying anytime soon haha.
  18. I'm very late on replying to this, but on the topic of entomophagy, I think it's interesting to see how it's slowly becoming more widespread and normalized in the United States. Although many instances are simply novelty items like scorpion lollipops, I've been to a bulk store which sold "barbecue crickets." They weren't very good, but hey, it's a start. And the black solider fly definitely fits the bill as an edible species which feeds on decaying matter. They've become so popular, it seems, that somebody decided to invent this: http://www.livinstudio.com/farm432/ I've also heard of people eating dung beetles, although I don't see that becoming too popular in the Western world any time soon (imagine buying a bag of dung beetles at the grocery store)!
  19. I assume you're talking about making flake soil, but as someone who lives in an area with lots of pine, collecting hardwood leaves has become the bane of my existence (I wish I could just rake them up by the bag-full like everyone else, but I instead have to pick them out by hand to avoid the pine needles). So frustrating! But I suppose the things we do for beetles is ultimately worth it
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