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  1. small plug in wall heaters could work inside a box, I use one sometimes for exotic lepidoptera rearing, there are also ceramic heat emitters for reptiles that could work. Personally, I've never had an issue with specimens rotting, even at my usual room humidity of 50%, I've had mantids shrivel up, but there's no way to prevent that. You might be wanting to use wooden spreading boards with a heat source.
  2. Exactly, Goliathus, I've seen plenty of "forms" listed on eBay as well, that's not even a subspecies, just a variation, like the spring and summer "forms" of Actias luna . Clearly a lot of individual variation within the genus. It'd be cheaper and easier just to make a poster out of that picture.. a 2D collection.
  3. I've read that one many times at the public library as a kid, and thought if I just saved enough money, I could go there and catch bugs- at 14, I suppose I could go now though. It'd probably be cheaper and safer to just buy everything, just not as interesting. That is a nice beetle, maybe I should rethink the possible uses of my "disposable' income.
  4. They are Goliathus, my best Prionid capture was in the Domincan Republic in the 80's, on a collecting trip with a group, walking up to the main lodge one night I spotted a giant beetle on the roof, and scampered up to grab him, a great beetle moment, although the specimen was lost in past drama.
  5. In any event, they're great big beetles, when I was much- much younger, we caught them at the street lights, as they would buzz around, waiting for them to land. One time, I brought one in using a flashlight- we were going to visit a cave late night and as we crossed the road, I turned on my camping style flashlight lantern, and was surprised to see a Prionid land right at my feet.
  6. If this is USA, it's a little long for Prionus, probably a Giant pine sawyer, like Ergates spiculatus, it's beginning to be that time of year, I want to go Prionid hunting soon, I've caught them up until the end of August.
  7. Great wildlife pics Goliathus, foxes are super cute, I watched one for a week while I roofed a house one time, I also know a funny story about a friend that tried to pet one after a Grateful Dead concert...it looked friendly. We have deer here, they are almost tame, when they come for the garden, they become "forest goats".
  8. I have some friendly wildlife, a busy squirrel, and a very comfortable raccoon, who likes to splay out on the deck rail. Other than that, it's the clownfish, and they're all wet.
  9. It can be difficult to accurately measure things with a ruler, the animal doesn't cooperate often. Calipers are the standard, but you still need the insect to cooperate, I have problems measuring or getting accurate pics of the maximum size of larva, one minute, they're all relaxed and at maximum size, then you get out the camera, open the cage, and it gets scared.
  10. electricity is easier than you might think- white is always neutral, black is hot, other colors may be grounds, if you don't need a wire, put on a wire nut and tape it off. I'm self taught handyman, it looks overwhelming at first, but it's cake once you get into it.
  11. I wouldn't worry about some mycelium or other things normally present in rotten wood, it depends how sterile you want things, but they are animals and live outdoors to begin with. I've got some mycelium in one or 2 containers, and some little flies, but I see it as being healthy, ideally, I'd rather have just the grubs, but if some mushrooms or some flies show up- that's just nature.
  12. Try Bioquip for UV lights. At least you'll get an idea what to look for, if you try another source. I have two lights- an AC/DC, and a DC only light, the important thing is the bulb itself, you could just buy the bulb and ballast and make your own. I also have 2 back up lights that are repurposed with the correct 18w bulbs. They do wear out too- always have a spare.
  13. Nice, glad you figured it out. Humidity is often overlooked. I have a special cage I use for increasing humidity made from plastic panels, I've even used a fogger before for different species.
  14. Interesting. Probably out of your control. A day without food is not going to harm a larva. It might have been an issue with the food plant altogether, I've raised luna before, indoors on Alnus rubra, and Liquidamber respectively, they did not do well with the Red alder, with the Sweetgum, that's a no brainer, they all matured, and I sold the cocoons. An argument between larva isn't going to affect the adults,. Keep at it- it's a learning process. Try Insectnet.com for more lepidoptera information. Things that can affect A. luna- light cycle, meaning day length, they can be multi-brooded and are subject to day length, also the diapause, it's temperature and the length of it. Don't fall for "inbreeding" as a reason, at least not until F12+...
  15. If you need a dispatching jar, use something glass, and you can use ethyl acetate, aka fingernail polish remover. The classic go to fluid when I was a kid, and I still use it, you can use a paper towel and put in a 1/2 teaspoon or less and it'll do the job, I still use it often, especially since deadly chemicals, for some reason, have become a lot harder to get😛 if at all. Years ago, in the olden days, a person could buy cyanide, but not anymore. I've got a few jars, with plaster of paris at the bottom, and that's pretty standard. Ants- they are in a different category with little sympathy, even though they are just doing their jobs, no worries for them being eliminated from the house, there are some gel products that work well for ants.
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