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  1. Hello all, I typically collect and freeze my specimens before pinning them - then pin them directly out of the freezer. I'm starting to explore macrophotography and am running into the issue of dried body fluid and detritus showing up on the specimens post processing. I've seen that acetone has potential degreasing successes, in addition to seeing other collectors do a 3/4 part soapy water soak, dry, and rise method for cleaning there specimens. Can I soak them in soapy water prior to pinning them right out of the freezer, or is there a better process to ensure the soft tissue doesn't break down during the soaking? Thanks in advance!
  2. Mine is @hungry_opossum on Instagram. I'll also be starting up on a series of post on stag beetles @Learning_Lucanidae in the new year.
  3. Hello everyone, I thought I would take the opportunity to reach out and ask if anyone has stag beetle identification resources/citations they are willing to pass along. I have most of what is available for North American species, but wouldn't mind expanding my Zotero to include anything I could use as reference for future identification (I'm aware that subspecies in southeast Asian stag beetles gets diverse). If anyone is interested I would also be willing to compile and publish a topic with everything formatted for easy reference.
  4. Hello everyone! For those of you that are interested in herps I've attached a link to the live virtual fall conference for my states herpetological society. The schedule is pretty stacked with snake talks so feel free to check out some of this years great speakers! https://www.facebook.com/vaherpsociety/videos/2774278172892157
  5. Absolutely gorgeous beetles! I found my first of both species this year and was lucky enough to get a specimen. Are you able to get them to breed fine with just flake soil?
  6. I run through so many headlamps that it is seriously frustrating. I've use to love my old black diamond. It was only 200 lumens but 10 years ago that was a $80 headlamp. I've honestly switched to grabbing cheap $20 Walmart (Energizer) headlamps and they are amazing for one or two nights or decent herping/bugging. Link to product: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Energizer-Vision-HD-350-Lumen-LED-Headlamp-Includes-Batteries/47327204 Don't be an idiot and buy the floodlight version of this headlamp: https://www.walmart.com/ip/COAST-FL65-400-Lumen-Dual-Color-LED-Headlamp/698112133 Spotlights are the way to go!
  7. Hello folks at USBeetles, I've been eyeing your stock for some time while I am getting set up to culture specimens for my collection. Do you have any plans to extend into other US lucanid species such as Platycerus, Platyceroides, Dorcus, or Sinodendron?
  8. Hello everyone, I'm a entomology student focusing on Lucanidae, and currently working on a project utilizing citizen science data from iNaturalist to better understand the distribution and habitat associations of Lucanus elaphus in Virginia, USA. I wanted to start exploring specimen culturing of Lucanidae to help me get a better understanding of their biology, behavior, and to eventually accumulate a comparative collection. I'm also interested in all of the "big beetles" of the Mid-Atlantic and would eventually love to have the understanding and methods to culture as many of the North American Lucanidae and Dynastinae that I can. As I've stumbled onto this forum, I am hoping that as I get underway with delving into the rearing and breeding of beetles this community will be able to guide me in the right direction should I back myself into a corner. I'm looking forward to seeing what sort of beetles everyone is working with. If anyone has live stag beetles specimens to sell to become my beetle culture pioneers I would love to hear from you. I am also interested in any dead captive specimens or pictures of dead specimens I could use for better developing my own keys for identification (any Platycerus bois out there?).
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