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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!
  16. It crawls quite fast with its legs, makes me think its a flower beetle of some sort? Edit: Forgot to mention, found in wood chips.
  17. Location might help. Also, I think you'll need better angles for other people to identify them. I think their ends and their heads are supposed to be significant for identification?
  18. I was thinking that too, D. tityus has a larger range, and inhabits areas with denser populations of humans. Is there a reason D. grantii takes longer to become an adult? I was curious on the longevity myself, and found a scientific note Frank-Thorsten Krell, Victoria H. I. Krell "Longevity of the Western Hercules Beetle" that references that the longevity of both species may actually be quite similar in captivity. I have also read some other articles that mention that captive specimens of D. grantii seem to have a lifespan comparable of D. tityus.
  19. I've noticed that the Eastern Hercules Beetle (D. tityus) is talked about far more often than the Western Hercules Beetle (D. grantii) and is often much more available. Is this purely due to its captive longevity? I would've assumed the Grant's beetle would be more popular due to its length?
  20. That is indeed good advice PowerHobo. Also, I'm a bit confused at which color it is indicated to be in need of refermentation. My substrate is a bit dark brown when moist, but it is not nearly as dark as compost but is much darker than raw oak wood. However, it does look a bit tan when dry. Also, when the book "For the Love of ....." refers to foul odor, is it referring to the odor of just fermentation or general odor like from mold?
  21. Is there any hobbyist that is known, in the states, that is breeding beetles to record sizes? Like D. tityus, D. grantii, or L. elephas for example of upwards of 80cm? It seems like the dedication found in Asia is not very common here for beetles as they are very very niche.
  22. @Beetle-Experience sorry to butt in when you are in the middle of asking someone something, but I was wondering what the California regulation that states that Luncanidae can be imported into the state without a permit - how does that fit into all of this?
  23. I was constantly mixing it until it started to mold too quickly and made me nauseous and lightheaded from all the mold when I mixed... I eventually did mix it and most of the mold is now gone because I guess most of the nutrients and excess moisture has left. When do you know if the fermented wood is safe to give to your beetle grubs? I know there is some danger of heat from compost killing them and some other stuff, but I'm new to this. I know the video says its mostly the color, but are there other ways to tell to double check? Also if you were to use the fermented wood for dynastes tityus would it be okay to give them wood that isn't completely fermented and more in lines with what a stag would want?
  24. How does the PPQ 526 permits work in this situation when it says this " All pests kept under this permit shall be destroyed at the completion of the intended use, and not later than the expiration date, unless an extension is granted by this issuing office" Like what connotes, "completion of the intended use." In this case, and in the many case of people who apply for this permit to keep exotic stag/rhino beetles? It seems a bit vague and open ended.
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