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Old 08-06-2011, 05:31 PM   #1 
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Beetles

Does anyone here like beetles or entomology? I like keeping beetles as pets and observing them. Unfortunately, the government has made it illegal to own live nonnative beetles Beetles are extremely popular as pets in asia, particularly japan. There are whole stores devoted to beetles, and most department stores sell beetles. Many children love keeping beetles, and beetle catching is a popular father son activity. Beetles make great pets! If you don't know much about beetles, here are some things to google: My favorite beetle allomyrina dichotoma, the king of hercules beetles dynastes hercules, and an amazing stag beetle, the girrafe stag beetle. Some cool native beetles are Dynastes Granti, Dynastes Tityus, Lucanus elephas, lucanus mazama, and lucanus caproleus.
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:21 PM   #2 
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Come to think of it, when I was in middle school we had Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches as class pets and I thought they were cool. I brought a wood beetle to school for showing tell. Does this qualify me as liking beetles? LOL
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:33 PM   #3 
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Beatles.... yah, they were a great band...

As for bugs, they are lots of fun. Beetles, walking sticks, praying mantis (remind me of cats), cicadas (those loud summer bugs that hibernate for years), crickets, luna moths, butterflys, bumble bees... I love it when I find a bug that has fur, just like a mammal! Some male moths are quite furry. Look like little winged lions!
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:57 PM   #4 
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Yeah, I like furry beetles, like megasoma elephas.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:16 PM   #5 
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Ewww! lol
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:55 PM   #6 
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Scarabs! That's an awesome beetle family.

Out on cape cod last year my fiance and I found an awesome yellow/gold scarab, whose body was about an inch and a half long. No fur, though! Just an awesome iridescent elytra!
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:15 PM   #7 
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My favorites are scarabs to, especially members of the dynastes genus, like D.granti, D. Neptunus, and D. Hercules. Was that scarab you found possibly a goldsmith beetle?
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Was that scarab you found possibly a goldsmith beetle?
Yes, it was! We saw it on a sand dune. The sun hit it just right - an awesome site to behold!

Now, I have another beetle story for you:

About 15 years ago, my youngest daughter found a HUGE black beetle. This beetle was as big as her hand! She took it in to show her older sister... who apoplectic about bugs. I waited outside.

I could hear the scream from the driveway!

My youngest daughter came out and reported that she had almost dropped the beetle on her sister, because "he was wiggly" when her sister screamed.

I couldn't I.D. the beetle, and hadn't the heart to 'board' him, he was such a glorious specimen. What do you think he was?
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:06 PM   #9 
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Did it have any horns or large mandibles? My first thoughts would be lucanus elephas or dynastes tityus (Well hydrated adults can be mostly black), so you should check out those. Who knows, it could have been a new or understudied species. The majority of beetles aren't studied very well, and most people can find a new species in a week or two.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:30 PM   #10 
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Did it have any horns or large mandibles?
Yes, it did. I will check out those species. :)

I've live 95% of my life in New England, a year in Louisiana and a year in Germany, and never seen anything like it before or since...
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