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  1. Well when I got my tityus larvae I found s couple mjtes on them and O didn’t think much of it until I noticed that they all have blackspots on them, and quite a lot...they are late l3, is it possible that they can still successfully pupate?
  2. About a month or so beforehand. Also another bigger batch has begun to smell of ammonia but it hasn’t heated up, should I discard that batch?
  3. I began fermentstion about 4-5 days ago and it smelled different at first but I checked on it today and now it smells earthy(not like sawdust). Is it ready? It’s a bit orange/golden in color, not the dark earthy brown. Is it ready? I fermented it a bit before and dried it after a while before fermentjng
  4. I started up another batch and its been 2 days and the only difference is that it smells different...no extra heat, nothing. What went wrong? Should I restart the batch?
  5. I made some fermented substrate a while ago and managed to rear some tityus and pelidnota on it. I still have the substrate but it’s all dried out now and I was wondering if it’s still ok to use? Should I try and re-ferment it? I plan on using it with lucanus elaphus
  6. I know they need rotten hardwood leaves but all I have now are coco fiber, fermented sawdust, rotten hardwood, and beech leaves. Would I be able to sustain the larvae with this?
  7. All exotic beetles are illegal, end of story. Even if they were captive bred in the US they are still illegal
  8. Well I found a bunch of lucanid larvae and now I’m trying to pinpoint what sp they are. I found them in Maryland, and in some rotten log within close proximity of each other so I’m assuming they’re all the same sp. This is the only sized picture that would fit, but they’re maybe about half an inch long or so, with some(what I’m assuming) first instar larvae being about 1/8-1/4” long
  9. I find these occasionally and I managed to catch 2. They’re eating well but I have no clue how to sex them or how to get eggs from them. Does anyone have any experience breeding and rearing these beetles, or related species? Thanks!
  10. I’ve been thinking about getting some of these and from what I’ve heads they seem to grow quickly as larvae and seem relatively simple, although getting eggs seems to be a bit tricky. I was told to use tree bark, and that it’d induce egg laying. Does anyone else have any experience breeding and rearing them?
  11. How do you care for them? I might be getting a bunch of larvae soon and I have a bucket full of rotten white rot hardwood, and a bin full of fermented hickory wood. I know the adults are predacious, but I've heard conflicting reports as to what to feed the larvae. Any and all help is welcome!
  12. I’ve seen and heard this a lot, but just because they’re from within the US doesn’t make them legal to own...I’ve seen people who had exotic stick insects and whatnot and claim that as long as its within the US/their state, it’s fine.
  13. I was looking for bugs in the woods and I stumbled upon a really well white-rotted oak log. Finding rotten hardwood is pretty tough around here and I could only find some beetle frass amongst the flakes of hardwood. My question is, how di I hold onto it/make it last as long as possible without using it? I don’t have any beetles to feed it to right now but I still don’t want to waste it.
  14. Awesome beetles! Hopefully we can get these legalized within the US sometime soon...
  15. Exotic mantids, insects, parituclarly mantds, cockroaches, beetles, and ants along with fish, especially cichlids(south and central american) especially amphilophus and apistogramma.
  16. Some qiestions I’ve been wondering about- My male D. Tityus finally emrged two days ago and the female emrged 2 months before him. How long will it take for his exoskeleton to become fully sclerotised and do I have to hibernate him in order to breed him with my female? Also, he’s like teice the female’s body size so would it be safe to leave him with her? Finally, his foreleg’s last tarsus appears to be swollen and red, it’s the “claw” section or the tip of the legs.
  17. Exactly what it implies although i doubt that there is a solid answer to this question, probably depending on a wide range if factors.
  18. Thanks again for the speedy responses! His pupa is at the poin when the eyes and mouthparts are dark amd I can see his limbs under the shell if i shine a light. I can also just barely make out his top horn from above below the pupal skin.
  19. Also, do the pupal chambers need to stored horizontally or vertically for the adults to properly emerge? Thanks once again!
  20. Ah, thanks! So hibernation isn’t necessary for them to lay eggs, got it. However, I have 3 other male larvae that are nowhere near pupating and 1 male pupa that should emerge in a few weeks, should I hibernate he female just so that the others can catch up? Thanks!
  21. Thank you, but she emerged during the middle of winter. Also I have heard that hibernating helps mature the female’s ovaries and eggs, is this true?
  22. Is hibernation reauired for females to lay eggs? What’s the temperature range that they should be kept at and how long should I let my female D. Tityus hibernate?
  23. I was thinking the same but it seemed a bit too cold, would it be safe for all the other produce and stuff? But then again I have my test tube setup with my camponotus chromaiodes colonies in there for at least 3 months by now and they’re doing fine...
  24. My D. Tityus female emerged but I need to hibernate her, yet I don’t have any proper hibernation setups. I can’t leave her outside in 20 degree weather and i doubt that the fridge is a viable option. Does anyone have any tips on some at- home methods if hibernation? Thanks!
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