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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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 ch
  5. Probably Lucanus elaphus. Are the spiracles shaped sort of like C's or kidney beans?
  6. 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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