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  1. Are Lucanus Capreolus larva cannibalistic? I've read some things that say they are. What are other species that are cannibalistic as larva?
  2. Amazing! How do you combat the cannibalism? Also, where did you find those labels!?
  3. Took a little while, possibly acclimation or she was really hungry, but now she is digging a lot!
  4. I decided the opportunity and experience is too good to pass up so I pulled the trigger and purchased a pair of G. Goliatus. I'm excited to start up breeding large beetles again just as I did illegally when I was 11 years old (I didn't know better!). As if it weren't already a challenge I'm upping the ante and doing it covertly in a college dorm room (roommate is A-ok with it). I've read as much as I can on the topic and am left with some questions - especially helpful are answers that will help me optimize my setup for space and price. Sorry for such a lengthy post but I am sure at least some of you will have recommendations or answers. Thanks!! 1. I've read in Meier's guide "The Breeding/Rearing of Goliathus" that it is recommended that gravid females should be housed on a roughly 60/40 substrate of well-rotten deciduous hardwood (flake soil like) and organic potting soil; my problem here is I am not able to make my own flake soil and sufficiently filling a 50cm X 40cm X 60cm tub with purchased flake soil gets very pricey from what I've seen and mixing it with lots of peat or potting soil lowers its reusability value for my Rhinos and Stags. I've thought of a few solutions but appreciate any recommendations. I could lower the ratio in favor of cheaper potting soil, I'd also like to ask for potting soil recommendations and if pearlite is safe for Goliathus, and check more frequently in hopes that I can quickly move eggs to more nutritious soil. The downside to this is the possibility of disturbing egg laying and preventing it by offering lower quality substrate. I've seen others using smaller containers and some foreign breeders using far smaller containers than mentioned in Meier or Scarabs #78 - input on this would be great for me as saving space and FS would be great. 2. I have read recommendations in Scarabs #78 to change larvae substrate every 10 days - while this is doable I'd like to ask how to clean substrate in the hopes it can be reused; if at all possible. I have also seen in Daniel Ambuehl "Breeding Goliathus..." that Harink mentions he only swaps the substrate after he notices an increase in mites or droppings. Already this forum has been so helpful! Thank you everyone! I'm sure I will have many more questions as I continue this project.
  5. Is it possible the F12 picture isn't all inbred generations? I don't see anything noting either beetle is inbred each generation - possibly missed something.
  6. That is promising especially with how expensive pairs are! My plan then would likely be to buy a pair and rear as such then supplement bloodlines with said F1 larva.
  7. Thats a shame, they are incredibly hard to find F1 non inbred... shame.
  8. Do you think G. Goliatus is whatsoever promising to breed at F3 inbred?
  9. How many generations can Goliathus inbreee before problems are obvious? I've seen contradictory claims from F3 to F6-F8! Does anyone have any evidence?
  10. She doesn't seem to want to dig, maybe the container is too small or she has not yet acclimated; never had this occur before.
  11. Orin advises for females to lay eggs fine sand is all that is necessary. Currently I have females housed in flake soil with dead oak leaves on top but they wander on top quite a bit more than my D. Tityus and L. Capreolus females. Should I add sand to the flake soil or move her to completely flake soil? Also, has anyone had any success finding this species in numbers in NJ? What sort of specifics should I look for in an ecosystem; I've heard they prefer open areas such as sandy prairies.
  12. How do Maple and Cherry work?
  13. What kind of conditions? It rained when I got there and I lighted that night and the next 2 nights. Once in near Scotts Run, and near Prince Williams Park Back Country. high 70s low 80s and high humidity.
  14. I'm going on a second trip from PA down to NC (first was to DC area) for Dynastes Tityus. I was able to find 4 Tityus in parking lots but was unsuccessful in finding any with a 175w MV in what seemed to be pretty optimal locations. Does anyone have any pointers or locations on where to collect in NC, or in VA? Thanks!
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