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  1. Nope, I'm using your substrate in this case and I have all I need for now. Wandering seems to have stopped (after 2 escapes) so hopefully it works out.
  2. The pupation substrate Beetle Source was selling (out of stock ATM). A bit pricey but worth it. It even comes sealed in the bag so the moisture content stays correct. I'll probably make my own when I need more, but it helps to have a reference at first. Did the same thing with flake soil and other substrates I now make myself.
  3. Per https://insect-collection.com/invertebrate-caresheet/journal-of-a-goliathus-breeder/ it sounds like I should move to pupation substrate ASAP (which I suspected)
  4. I have one (likely female) Goliathus that is wandering for a few days to the point of escaping the container before I secured it with rubber bands. 35g seems a bit small to pupate, should I move it to pupation substrate? I added food as I do like clockwork and can't tell if it was consumed, it my have been mixed into the substrate. Conditions are the same as my other larvae, the largest of which is ~50g.
  5. Update - at 55 degrees the beetles are still active and feeding, although the depth of substrate is currently not enough for brood ball production. I even added a small amount of tortoise dung that was consumed almost immediately,
  6. That's good to know. I'm giving them a cool period at the moment (55F) and they seem to bee feeding on jellies and are otherwise doing fine. I may offer them waste just to be certain they are getting the nutrition they need, but it's very much touch and go. I have a large Burmese Star tortoise that is full grown and weighs about 14lbs, along with 2 juvenile males. I initially started with ~7 beetles somewhat evenly mixed in gender. Basically I offered them waste whenever I had it, usually 2-3 times a week or so. if it was unaccepted I removed it after a day or two. During late spring and
  7. I unexpectedly had some of my phanaeus vindex emerge, which seems a bit odd to me. Would you expect beetles that emerge in the fall to be dormant until spring? These are F1 CB, I got my original adults from BIC. So I would think their timing would be natural. They seem active now, but has anyone heard of giving them a cool period (like Dynastes tityus) until spring? My dung supply (tortoise) slows down in the winter also so probably won't produce enough for breeding, and I've not found them to use other sources (dog, human) for brood ball construction unless forced to.
  8. Does UPS allow shipping of live animals? I've received several shipments from FedEx and they don't appear to be experiencing the same delays as USPS. Overall cost for Fedex is not all that different either, plus they actually understand how to hold packages at a shipping center. Twice now I've gone to USPS to pick up a held package that was at their office only to wait 20-30 mins while they figure out it's not a package where delivery was attempted and is in fact being held like I told them it was.
  9. I go by color, it should be a noticably darker shade of brown (almost like brown sugar) but not yet black. If it's still a blondish color when moist it's not ready. That seemed to work for me, but others with more experience may have differing opinions.
  10. @Schiem figured out the issue, I just found the setting that made his solution permanent.
  11. Hi All, If you're currently unable to post topics, messages, etc , one solution may be to disable sounds for notifications. https://beetleforum.net/notifications/options/ and uncheck "Play a sound when notifications are received" at the bottom of the page (next to the bell icon)
  12. Heat is still the main factor, the bags just reduce the need to mix. I would still stir them every now and then. I do a week in the bucket, so total time is 3-4 weeks under ideal conditions.
  13. If it's hot and humid enough, I would say 2-3 weeks, but I would just check frequently.
  14. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082BJMRSV?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share I've been using these bags based on a recommendation elsewhere here. After about a week in the bucket I move into these bags and leave them somewhere warm. It speeds up fermentation immensely, and all I do is rotate and shake them up a little every so often.
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