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#1 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted September 21 2022 - 3:07 PM

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Anyone keep beetles. Recently purchased some

#2 Offline T.C. - Posted September 21 2022 - 3:47 PM

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I kept a variety for a few years. What species did you get?

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#3 Offline MinigunL5 - Posted September 21 2022 - 5:45 PM

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The only beetles I keep are mealworm beetles. And I feed their babies to my ants lol


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ANTS I KEEP:

Formica subsericea queen with 2 workersLasius aphidicola queens-Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen| Camponotus novaeboracensis queen with ~35 workers10 Solenopsis molesta queens (together) with 5-10 workers| Lasius cf. neoniger queens| Apheonogaster fulva queenBrachymyrmex depilis queen| Myrmica cf. punctiventris queenStenamma brevicorne queen


#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 21 2022 - 5:52 PM

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Jplelito keeps some really cool beetles.
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#5 Offline lazyant - Posted September 21 2022 - 6:24 PM

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I keep one too many beetles: Beetle forum: https://beetleforum.net/



#6 Offline T.C. - Posted September 21 2022 - 7:31 PM

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Dynastes granti is the coolest of species in my opinion. However their lifespan is very short. 

 

 

 

I keep one too many beetles: Beetle forum: https://beetleforum.net/

 

Good Forum. The guy who owns that forum and the mantid forum also owns bugsincyberspace.com  I would highly recommend his websites. I've ordered from him a few times and they are quality. Not to mention the guy is awesome to communicate with. 

 

 

 

Edit: I lied, i think my favorite was Pyrophorus noctilucus due to their glow. I kept them for about a year. 

 

 

 

 

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#7 Offline NicholasP - Posted September 21 2022 - 8:26 PM

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Dynastes granti is the coolest of species in my opinion. However their lifespan is very short. 

 

 

 

I keep one too many beetles: Beetle forum: https://beetleforum.net/

 

Good Forum. The guy who owns that forum and the mantid forum also owns bugsincyberspace.com  I would highly recommend his websites. I've ordered from him a few times and they are quality. Not to mention the guy is awesome to communicate with. 

 

 

 

Edit: I lied, i think my favorite was Pyrophorus noctilucus due to their glow. I kept them for about a year. 

 

 

 

 

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I know some Dynastes grantii breeders in person. I can confirm they are very cool beetles.


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#8 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted September 23 2022 - 12:14 PM

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I got three Dicronorrhina derbyana larvae and male and female pair Cyclommatus metallifer. I have a question for you guys what kind of substrate do you use

Edited by Jonathan5608, September 23 2022 - 12:14 PM.


#9 Offline gcsnelling - Posted September 23 2022 - 12:32 PM

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I got three Dicronorrhina derbyana larvae and male and female pair Cyclommatus metallifer. I have a question for you guys what kind of substrate do you use

Are these species legal in the U.S.?



#10 Offline CheetoLord02 - Posted September 23 2022 - 12:56 PM

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I only keep diving beetles lol. Right now I think I have ~13 species.



#11 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted September 23 2022 - 1:17 PM

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I got three Dicronorrhina derbyana larvae and male and female pair Cyclommatus metallifer. I have a question for you guys what kind of substrate do you use

Are these species legal in the U.S.?
I did not consider that. This might be a problem

#12 Offline lazyant - Posted September 23 2022 - 8:09 PM

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I got three Dicronorrhina derbyana larvae and male and female pair Cyclommatus metallifer. I have a question for you guys what kind of substrate do you use

Are these species legal in the U.S.?

 

Extremely illegal, people go to prison sometimes for smuggling beetles lol. Ask the seller to cancel maybe?  



#13 Offline United-Ants - Posted September 23 2022 - 8:29 PM

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What it is illegal to buy beetles??????

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#14 Offline NicholasP - Posted September 23 2022 - 8:46 PM

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I got three Dicronorrhina derbyana larvae and male and female pair Cyclommatus metallifer. I have a question for you guys what kind of substrate do you use

Are these species legal in the U.S.?

 

Extremely illegal, people go to prison sometimes for smuggling beetles lol. Ask the seller to cancel maybe?  

 

Beetles from the U.S. should be fine lol. I know there's tons of people out there that don't get in trouble for it. Beetle breeding is a rising popularity hobby.


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#15 Offline Jonathan5608 - Posted September 24 2022 - 5:04 AM

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I already received them. The website seemed nice and reputable though it did look a little suspicious on how much species they were offering. I just assumed that the beetle hobby did not have as many restrictions. Well when life gives you lemons

Edited by Jonathan5608, September 24 2022 - 5:15 AM.


#16 Offline ISpeakForTheTrees - Posted September 24 2022 - 5:24 AM

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What it is illegal to buy beetles??????

Yeah - beetles (and pretty much literally every other kind of insect) are covered by the same "Plant Pest" laws as ants, so you need to apply for permits for most of them unless they're native to your state and you're catching/buying them in your state. It's been a while since I looked at the specific laws, but I believe most carnivorous beetles (like warrior and tiger beetles) are exempt from these laws and can be treated like Pogonomyrmex occidentalis, where you don't even need a permit to cross state lines with them (I know Goliathus goliatus is exempt because of it's carnivorous grub phase). There are similar exemptions for standard feeder insects (like mealworms, silk moths, fruit flies, etc.) and some naturalized invasive species (there's a list of these exempt naturalized species somewhere on Aphis' site). 



#17 Offline lazyant - Posted September 24 2022 - 6:19 AM

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I got three Dicronorrhina derbyana larvae and male and female pair Cyclommatus metallifer. I have a question for you guys what kind of substrate do you use

Are these species legal in the U.S.?

 

Extremely illegal, people go to prison sometimes for smuggling beetles lol. Ask the seller to cancel maybe?  

 

Beetles from the U.S. should be fine lol. I know there's tons of people out there that don't get in trouble for it. Beetle breeding is a rising popularity hobby.

 

Yeah that's what I meant lol, beetles from say Japan, would be illegal to buy, but there is Goliathus goliathus which is legal.






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