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  1. It's been my experience so far that young flower beetles tend to hang out in the top of the enclosure on the screen, next to the lights. They also fly around a lot more. Once they've mated they spend a significant portion of time underground at that point, especially females, as they're laying eggs in the leaf litter.
  2. If you're getting imagoes they won't necessarily eat the leaf litter, but it should stimulate them to lay eggs in it, and it will provide a nice space for the grubs when they hatch out. I feed my adults banana slices with fish flakes which they relish. Beetles are pretty hardy, they can certainly go without food for that long; I'd be more worried about temperatures though; they could cook in this heat wave pretty easily. I use a bit of coco fiber just to give some substance to the leaf litter, I add in about 10% aspen shavings, and supplement heavily with what I call "zoo doo". One of the
  3. Leaf litter that's been on the ground for ~6 months works great for them; I use oak exclusively as it seems to offer the best results. I do mix in some other 'supplements' to the substrate but they should grow great on finely shredded leaf litter only.
  4. 😀😅😅 Oh man, glad I'm not the only one who thinks it's good fun to confuse my neighbors this way.
  5. I'm replacing/adding oak leaves (primarily) to my Gymnetis bins at least once a month at this point, with probably anywhere between 25-50 grubs in some 17L bins. They don't eat as much as my Pachnodas, but are still hungry little monsters.
  6. Good to know. I've got a 17L bin ready for some grubs, but have plentiful 32oz deli cups available as well. I may give both a try and see how it goes. As always, thanks for the information on these guys!
  7. Very cool! I consistently get larvae from my adults, but haven't had any pupate yet. I can really only feed cut prickly pear cactus here instead of the whole plant unfortunately, which I think hobbles my efforts. And yeah, they seem to be pretty long lived, I'd definitely agree on that aspect. Definitely some fun little beetles though. Edit: On a whim, I just decided to dig through their bin and found 2 pupal cells, so turns out I've got at least 2 that are trying. Did yours build cells? How long was the pupation?
  8. I'm interested to know the size difference in singly vs communally raised grubs. Please let us know once the single-raised grubs start to emerge!
  9. Right? Would there be any issues keeping even L1's in bin with a clay layer underneath the flake/leaf litter mix? I'm going to be out on paternity leave for a while after our C. gloriosa come in and am trying to cut back on the amount of work the rest of the staff will have to do while I'm gone. Was thinking I'll just set up the bins with the clay layer already in so they won't have to worry about it. I couldn't really think of anything tragic that would happen, but I've been surprised before....
  10. You guys rock. Thanks for the info and the thread link. 😍
  11. So pretty! I have some C. gloriosa on the way, will be my first time working with this genus. Any advice?
  12. If you can do it right, I think you should do so. I'm with Mantis on this one.
  13. Yeah, getting stuff to an AZA institution has a lot more hurdles than just dealing with private individuals. Everyone who wants to vend to a zoo (insects are really the only animals that typically come into zoos from private persons in any numbers) has to at least fill out some preliminary paperwork and potentially agree to a site visit; and if you deal with permitted animals the private individual *must* have an APHIS permit which a surprising number of invert vendors simply don't have. Native stuff doesn't need that, but again, a surprising number of people simply don't want to deal with i
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