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  1. How long in total was it fermented prior? For most people there is no way (unless through mechanized methods) that flake soil would be ready from fresh sawdust in just 4-5 days unless you happened to have perfect conditions for it right now.
  2. Should be fine if you moisturize it again. Unless something like fungus gnats or other pests have got to it before you and it ate most of the nutrients already (which would only degrade quality).
  3. I am assuming you are talking about trichoderma? Different molds have slightly different causes. For most molds, you can limit their growths by lowering the temperatures, in lower temperatures the mycellium can better compete with the fast growing mold. Also, unless you keep humidty very low, if this mushroom conk you are talking about is simply just the fruit theres not too much you can do to make it last a long time, ideally you would collect it with the object it is attatched to to prolong lifespan.
  4. They need larger containers, they are trying to burrow farther
  5. They cant digest or eat peat moss, it is useless to them.
  6. It sounds like he didn't mate at all during his lifespan, that might have contributed to his longer life span.
  7. No need for beetle jellies. Beetle jellies are just for convenience. You can just use apples or bananas. However, you will have to change them every day or so, or else it will start rotting, smelling, and attracting flies.
  8. What purpose are you trying to find a, I'm assuming, male? If it is for breeding, a wild caught female is usually already fertilized and you can possibly raise some eggs from. If you are looking for it for dried specimens, I think most people would only be willing to give a specific location through PM.
  9. Perhaps they lay their eggs on the mycelium itself instead of the fruit (mushroom)?
  10. I'd imagine you have a strong connection to beetle breeders in Japan, but do you happen to know people who breed them in Europe? It seems like flower beetles are much more popular in Europe, but I have never seen anyone post about those species in the international pages. I wish you great luck, thank you for your great contribution so far to the hobby!
  11. It's going to be the new normal in the future 😉
  12. What part of their care are you most concerned about? Most people will not be eager to type out an entire in depth guide as a thread reply. For the most part, they just need flake soil or white rotten wood or moderately decayed wood. The soil should be moist, but not enough to squeeze out any water at all, err on the side of dryness. You could probably get away with having them grow all the way to an adult in a 32 oz deli container or equivalent, packed with quality flake soil or white rot wood and with pin sized holes on the side or top of the container, if getting a major male or if breeding is not a concern. There are too many things for someone to type up for just a thread reply about this, like do you need to know how to make flake soil? How to breed the beetles? How to maximize their size? How long they live? How large they get? Each question could have an entire thread to it, and comprehensive information on all aspects of it could really only be found on a dedicated website or book (like what Goliathus recommended).
  13. Usually smaller head sizes (Relatively speaking) indicates a female larvae. Females also tend to emerge earlier than males due to their smaller size. More accurately, you should use the abdomen to sex them though.
  14. Grapevine beetle, Pelidnota punctata Edit: Looks like Goliathus beat me lol
  15. Hi Bugoodle! Welcome to the forum! I wish you luck on your beetle collecting and raising journey!
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