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How to tell larvae are about to pupate??

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Which species are we talking about? The larvae of a lot of species are very active when looking for a pupation site, so they may not settle if you put them into an artificial cell. Best thing if you want to try this is to wait untill the larvae have made their own cell and entered the less mobile pre-pupal stage, you can extract them from their cell then they will stay in the artificial cell.

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Ah gotcha..thanks Ryan, how would I go about to making an artificial chamber? Is it safe to do so??

I would talk to Lucanus about that. He has more knowledge on this species. I'd not suggest the use of one personally. I only use those for L elaphus and sometimes random Rutelinae.

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