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  1. Not me, but we do have couple Canadian members in the Beetle Forum come and goes. Since most of the members are based in the U.S. it seems it is rather challenging for members from different countries to keep up their membership here.
  2. If you are referring Dyscinetus morator as the rice beetle, they do play dead. A lot of insects actually do.
  3. The best dung beetle trap design I've ever seen was trap constructed by Vernon Antoine Brou Jr. (Abita Springs, Louisiana). Below is a link to his FB post, with a lot of discussions under comment section too. https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=110003892451692&set=a.107115286073886 I too used his trap design to collect hundreds and thousands of dung beetles or any insects attracted to animal/human feces, including Phanaeus vindex, Onthophagus taurus, Onthophagus hecate, Onthophagus medorensis, Deltochilum gibbosum, Copris minutus, Canthon chalcites, Onthophilus, Geotrupes blackb
  4. It is commonly known as may beetle species under the genus Phyllophaga. They are often appear in May. (but can be found from April to October, and all depends on weather, regions, species, ...). Hard to tell species as the picture barely shows any features.
  5. Go ahead and place the larva into new habitat. If you can, grab some old substrate and mix with new substrate. Or am I not understanding your question enough?
  6. Many thinks that the targeted species brings the harm to the native species, but that is less likely the primary reason WHY they are prohibited. The most primary reason to prohibit importation of alive organisms from other countries is the disease and pests that comes with it, which can actually do more harms to native fauna and flora. It sure can be differ per what the species is, but in case of insects, which interacts with plants A LOT, plant disease and pests are the primary reason.
  7. Where do you keep your beetles? Probably Indoor, right? They wouldn't know whether it is spring, summer, fall, or winter because the temperature is pretty stable throughout the year inside your place. If you keep the enclosure rather cold, they will be inactive until warmth comes back, but if you keep them warm, they will very likely start feed and be active right away. By the way, I don't think D. tityus really require "cool period," as this species aren't really sensitive to all that. How much (as in amount) tortoise feces do you have to provide to Phanaeus vindex? Do you have a large a
  8. Just regular oak substrate. very well fermented. Nothing special really..lol. I had some A/C problem here and had my place going well over 100˚F during the day for about two weeks, and most larvae died. (as well as many other adults and larvae of other species). But those Dyscinetus morator survived has reached L2 and L3. I think I heard they feed on grass root to develop, but... I guess that is only the case in outside, not with man-made substrate with more nutrition compared to just dirt out there...
  9. The peak adult flight period for Strategus antaeus in Louisiana occurs from the last week of May to the first week of June, and adults have been taken from May into September. However, males seem to only be found in earlier time from May to June, and females are more broadly found until later time. The lastest I collected female was sometime in July from Natchitoches Parish. Most numbers I've observed in a single night was about 4 adult pairs. Most numbers I have observed in a single year was probably over 10 males with about 7 females within two weeks. Within Louisiana, I've collected numerou
  10. Good findings! It is always excite to know there is something in your town. I have quite number of dead Xyloryctes thestalus in alcohol. If you can collect couple adult pairs, would you be willing to trade with me? I'm located in Louisiana, and have no access to find them anywhere nearby. X. thestaulus I have are personal collections from Arizona, last year.
  11. I cannot believe you never found D. grantii while you are located in Scottsdale, AZ, and have been to that Home Depot in Payson for past 2-3 years...
  12. Here is a batch of eggs laid by Dyscinetus morator. I've probably collected thousands of these a decade, and this year is my first time ever attempted to rear them. It was interesting to see how they lay quite a lot of eggs in one spot, instead of here and there sparsely one by one. This is one of the largest batch I've seen while digging through a 16 oz container with fully filled substrate with about half inch space at the top. My specimens loved jellies, so I'm assuming each different jellies are differently preferred by beetles.. (of course, they are differently manufactured!) My subs
  13. Let me add more to what two above has said: Just because a particular beetle is hatched and reared in the U.S., does not make it NATIVE INSECT, especially when kept indoor by a person on purpose. If they are somehow introduced naturally, unintended, and reproduced in the U.S., they can be considered as "introduced species," but I haven't heard anything like that in case of scarab beetles in the U.S. Such things happening in Japan, has been a problem to agriculture they got more more and more pests to deal with... (messed up) Parents of those offspring were illegally brought in, so al
  14. I understand you would like to collect as much beetles as possible with low cost under $100, but that is rather ridiculous, as smaller sized, non-plugged light sources just CANNOT produce enough light or UV to attract various and numerous numbers of insects. SO it is quite difficult to attract and collect any larger sized scarabs you might want to see UNLESS you light it up next door to your beetle neighbors. Better equipment (with substantial knowledge, of course) = better result. Light trapping isn't just an easiest way to collect insects. IT REQUIRES A HUGE KNOWLEDGE. Those "ins
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