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  1. I had 1 of 6 live that long last year, a few others made it 6-8 months. I'd say it's exceptional, but not unusual (especially if CB)
  2. It's a recommended method of feeding them, quality pellets are much higher in protein and lower in fat than dog food.
  3. That's the thing, 100g is an exceptional size, not a normal one. If you look at the article I linked in the beginning, 40-60g is normal weight for a female larvae, males are more like 50-80g. I didn't realize that at the time, which is why I made this post.
  4. It was, I was just surprised it did so at this size.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. 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,
  10. 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 mid summer that was about on pace with what they appeared to be consuming, later in the year 1x a week or so seemed to be sufficient. By the end of the season I ended up with around 20-30 brood balls, not sure how many are viable. I used a tote that was about 10 gallons in size with mixed soil and checked for balls every 2-3 weeks.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. @Schiem figured out the issue, I just found the setting that made his solution permanent.
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