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  1. If you’re in Canada coleopterra.com has both larvae and beetles, so I would contact him. I have some females breeding so next season I may have some larvae.
  2. So even after microwaving, the soil will be edible for the larvae?
  3. Definitely fungal gnats. I appreciate all the good information. How does the lack of micro organisms affect the quality/function of the substrate?
  4. Figured as much. I told them to get totally organic soil with no additives or anything.
  5. I found a bunch of little flies in my batch of flake soil. Will they ruin it? Does baking the soil in the oven remove any of the decaying material or make it inedible for the larvae? It’s been fermenting for around 3 weeks now, and is starting to darken. Should be finished fermenting soon. I’m debating whether I should just wait until the flake soil ferments and then just bake it to sanitize, or do something else.
  6. They are just listed as medium larvae. He said he has access to rotting hardwood and will mix that with organic soil.
  7. So I am working with someone who is importing an order of insects, and is able to get dynastes hercules morishimai larvae. Someone is shipping to my friend, who is shipping to me after receiving them. My friend isn’t a big beetle keeper, so he doesn’t have access to flake soil. Are these larvae able to survive being imported on a Monday, being kept in coco fiber once received (or some other mixture that’s easy to acquire), and shipped the following Monday to me? This will be around 1 1/2 weeks without proper flake soil.
  8. I was thinking of fermenting around 80 pounds of sawdust for 6 L1-L2 larvae. And more once winter is over.
  9. Thanks for your reply. I want to rear dynastes hercules and have heard to replace the soil every 6 months. Will it last longer than that even with larvae feeding?
  10. Since flake soil only lasts about 6 months, I’m looking to make a large batch of flake soil to store over winter, as in Canada winters are around 8 months of freezing temps before it becomes nice. I know you can dry the soil out to store it, but it doesn’t seem to be the most convenient thing. I don’t want to lay it outside in the sun and have it be swarmed by critters and ants and such. Laying it on my floor to dry isn’t really an option either as I have cats that will use the soil as a litter box xD So I’m wondering, is there any other way to conveniently dry out flake soil? Or at least make it last a bit longer? Does any one have any tips? I could probably manage it drying out on my floor but that isn’t ideal. Looking for advice on this.
  11. Its strange that they are legal here then, if they aren’t native.
  12. Ok thank you! I’m from Alberta and was hoping to go herping and see some but I guess that probably won’t happen
  13. I’m from Canada, where Lucanus elaphus are apparently native. However I’ve never seen one of these beetles in my life. Does anyone know what part of Canada they can be found in?
  14. I’ll always be looking for insight from others so let me know about your experiences.
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