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  1. I keep Lucanus elaphus together sometimes, but not more than two in a quart container. They've almost all been fine. You can hear them stridulating, probably when the other gets too close. Not sure if capreolus do the same.
  2. From USDA APHIS site - "USDA does not require permits for dead insects and mites (with the exception of dead bees in the superfamily Apoidea under the authority of 7CFR 319.76). Under 7CFR 330.200 “Biological specimens of plant pests, in preservation or dried, may be imported without further restriction under this part, but subject to inspection on arrival in the United States to confirm the nature of the material and freedom from risk of plant pest dissemination.” A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Form 3-177 may be required." So you should probably check out that USFWS form to see if your shipment would qualify.
  3. Awesome! I've lived in my house for 3 years and this is the first one I've seen. Plenty of stags, but nothing in the rhino group. Then in the last week I've had a female and two male Xyloryctes jamaicensis and this female tityus just show up at my little light trap by the back door that I really just have out to catch moths as mantis food.
  4. A female Dynastes tityus showed up on my back porch last night! I'm hoping to find a male now that I know for sure they're living in my woods, but that might not happen. What's the likelihood that she would have already mated by this time of the summer in NC? Or would she have already laid any eggs by now?
  5. I think it would definitely depend on the type of fungus you're seeing. If you put rotten wood in there then it's probably just mycelium growing from the fungus already colonizing that wood (would usually be white and stringy but I've also had yellow). Since stag beetle larvae live in and eat that wood, complete with fungus, then it's unlikely the fungus would hurt the larvae. I've had plenty of fungus growing in larvae containers with no problems, but there are of course some that will kill larvae. Like JKim said, the only way to avoid fungus completely is to sterilize the soil and wood, but I think that's generally overkill. The likelihood of a dangerous fungus is low in my experience.
  6. I haven't but I'll definitely keep an eye out. There should be plenty of species since I live next to a farm with horses, cows, donkeys, and goats, and some woods with seemingly every other sort of creature.
  7. Thanks for the info! I think I'll try a pitfall trap to try and lure some over from the cow field. I've read about baiting with a malt mixture for dung beetles, so we'll see if it works.
  8. A Carolina dung beetle flew onto my porch last night! I was going to keep her but I couldn't find a lot of info on their care. I live next to a cow pasture, so I'm sure I could catch more now that I know they're in the area. I only found a couple of mentions when I searched the forum, so I'm hoping someone would have some insight. Should I basically follow the guidelines for rainbows but increase the size of the enclosure and depth of substrate to account for the large size?
  9. Is there anyone that has kept both Lucanus elaphus and Lucanus (sometimes listed as Pseudolucanus) capreolus that could help me visualize the differences in their larvae? I know there is supposed to be something about a ratio involving the heads, but I haven't found a good explanation of how exactly to measure that. I live in an area with both species, but all the larvae I've collected within a couple miles of my house have ended up being elaphus. Before I send some larvae to other people though I would like to try and rule out capreolus.
  10. Hardwood or mixed forest, doesn't have to be a giant undisturbed area. I find larvae all over my neighborhood's wooded trail. You're looking for soft hardwood, but not falling apart. It also doesn't need to be a log because the females don't really seem to tunnel inside to lay eggs, as long as the limb or log is at least a few inches diameter. This time of year I'm finding L1s by rolling over the wood. They're in little soil cavities directly under the wood, or sometimes barely dug into the wood on the bottom surface. Later in the Spring and Summer the larvae will get more active with their chewing so you'll usually see very fine sawdust under the rotting wood. Their tunnels will be close to the surface so they're pretty easy to dig out.
  11. Probably Lucanus elaphus. Are the spiracles shaped sort of like C's or kidney beans?
  12. L elaphus really like to burrow into chunks of white rotten wood, but they don't need to be too big. I normally try to include pieces about 6 inches long, 3 inches wide with some flake soil or regular forest soil from where I find the larvae. Mine have also been reared in just flake soil made from oak pellets, and they seem to like that too. Based on where I find them in the wild, they aren't super picky about substrate as long as it isn't completely broken down and dark brown yet.
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