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  1. ALSO: omg! I just checked and it looks like I already have one forming a pupal cell-- I think the pressure was a winner for sure (The picture didn't come out well so I upped the exposure to show the soil discoloration around it)
  2. Thanks for sharing your set-up! Do you have any ventilation holes in these at all? Also, love that you've got it down to 5oz cups, I thought I was pushing it with 16oz!
  3. @Goliathus, not super related but my D.tityus also do not have substrate to the top of their container- should these be packed too?
  4. I didn't find any Geotrupidae but I did end up getting quite a few Onthophagus orpheus (Green bronze dung beetle). I took some home and put some of my poop in a deli cup with them. It's all been buried so I'm gonna check for brood balls Thursday or Friday 😅 Thanks for the tip, I might take you up on that 😉💩📬
  5. I've just filled them to the top! Hopefully in the next few weeks I start seeing some pupal cells
  6. @Yellowfin2na that would be a great solution too-- but I'm also out of clay.. I really just don't want to spend any more on this hobby rn lol
  7. No worries, seriously thank you for keeping the thread alive!! Idk why but I haven't been getting notifications on it-- every thing you've posted is very relevant to me as well! From what's been posted I'm starting to think my issue is that my tubs aren't full to the top-- @Goliathus, My larvae are each in a 16oz deli cup and unfortunately I have absolutely no spare flake soil.. how critical is the pressure requirement and would it be better for me to put multiple in one container and reuse the substrate to get a few full? I do have some flake soil early on in the process of fermen
  8. Mine are still doing the same, I've read that this is normal behavior prior to pupation but i put clay down at the bottom in hopes that they would be satisfied when they found it and pupate rather than wandering forever 😢
  9. Hi all, I have some Chrysina gloriosa that I think are starting to pupate-- I only think that cause there is a racetrack around the top of their circular enclosure where presumably the grub was wandering. Should I leave them alone till I see beetles or can I inspect to see if I can find pupa in substrate? Also, how long does the pupal stage typically last?
  10. I expect that there will be a lot in it that doesn't apply to me since I'm pretty far north in Maine. But damn, it's as close as I'm gonna get hahah, just bought a copy (I do have a book called checklist of the beetles of maine but it's literally just a text list of every species ever recorded in the state :c )
  11. Hi all, One of the most beautiful beetles where I live (imo) is Geotrupes splendidus (Splendid Earth Boring Beetle). I set four pitfall traps baited with a mixture of my and fermented molasses/banana goo. So far they've come up empty each time I've checked so I wanted to see if anyone has advice on collecting dung beetles. (Biome/how to check for presence/trees they're near/bait) I'm literally already using my feces so I'm pretty dedicated to finding some 😅 Best regards, Joe
  12. Hi all, I hate posting an amazon Link, but for Chrysina spp. on BugsInCyberspace Peter has this clay listed as a recommended purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L11YDQ8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It'd prob work well with Lucanus as well! (How'd the L. elaphus turn out?)
  13. @aspenentomology I agree that it's definitely becoming normalized in the US. I haven't encountered anything in a grocery store yet but I have gotten cricket tacos at a restaurant a while back in California! Also, thanks for sharing that link-- SUPER cool and I love that it was actually designed to be aesthetically pleasing! I'm definitely interested in getting a BSF colony set-up at some point-- though I think they still eat food scraps- which I generally don't have much of thankfully. And that's great to know about dung beetles-- I'm actually getting ready to set some dung baited pit
  14. Thanks, I can totally understand where you're coming from with this. I essentially live in Acadia national Park so I often think about if the millions of tourists who come up were to all do what I'm doing what it would be like. But your right that the reality is that me collecting a handful of beetles isn't going to make the smallest dent in local populations.
  15. Thanks for the well thought out reply, I work in the field of science as well and definitely understand the importance of taxonomy and using a kill jar in that circumstance. My interest in entomology though is more along the lines of being a hobbyist or artist though which is why I didn't feel particularly great about the idea of killing some beetles just to display them in my apartment. I'm not sure if there is a prevailing consensus on this in the beetle community when it comes to non-scientific collections!
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