Friday, 31 March 2017

April 2017 sale list


Dynastes hercules hercules-                L2                £8.5 each or 10 for £80
Dynastes hercules lichyi                      L2                £8.5 each or 10 for £80
Dynastes granti                                 L1-L2           £6 each
Dynastes tityus                                  L1-L2           £5.0 each or 10 for £45
Mecynorrhina torquata ugandensis (orange)  L1-L2     £4.5 each or 10 for £40
                                                         L3              £6.0 each or 10 for £55
Mecynorrhina torquata ugandensis (blue)  L1-L2         £4.5 each or 10 for £40
Mecynorrhina torquata ugandensis (brown-red) L1-L2   £4.5 each or 10 for £40
Mecynorrhina torquata immaculicollis      L1-L2          £4.0 each or 10 for £33
Dicronorhina derbyana conradsi              L2-L3           £3.2 each or 10 for £25
Protaetia (cetonischema) speciosa jousselini-   L1-     £3.5 each or 10 for £33
(eggs are hatching - inquire!)
Megasoma elephas elephas               L1               £7.5 each or 10 for £70
(eggs are hatching - inquire!)

Postage:    (No postage to countries where it is too cold at the moment, the minimum night temperature should be 8-10C˚ for tropical species. Pre-booking is possible!

No posting between 5th and 13th April, sorry !!!
Payment is by paypal or bank transfer.
Based on ~0.5 Kg parcel (prices may vary for different countries or orders)
Recorded postage: UK - £5, Europe - £12, rest of the world -£14.
Regular postage (at buyer's risk only): UK - £4, Europe-£7, rest of the world £9
Postage outside the EU: at buyer’s risk only
Ordering: Please inquire about the items you would like to purchase, as they may become unavailable or prices may change. You will receive the total for your order, no strings attached. Further discount is possible for big orders.
Contact email: beetlesaspets@gmail.com

Thursday, 30 March 2017

2017 breeding pics

Just a few photos of results of my breeding in 2017, hopefully there will be lots of larvae!

Some of Dynastes hercules lichyi pupae

Megasoma gyas porioni female pupae
Dark red-brown and dark blue m.t. ugandensis
M.t. immaculicollis and orange m.t. ugandensis
Goliathus goliathus albatus/quadrimaculatus
pupal cell and fresh extremely shiny white male

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Artificial pupal cells (chambers) from floral foam for beetles (video tutorial)


At the very start, when a pupal chamber made in substrate by one of my rainbow stag larvae collapsed, I simply did not know what to do. Later, I discovered that there is a possibility of making pupal chambers using either soil, clay or floral foam. However, there was not much information regarding how to make them, so I had to experiment myself, using intuition and any "internet based" experience.  Floral foam, which can be bought cheaply on ebay, was more appealing as "cleaner" stuff, so it became my first choice material. Since then I use floral foam chambers on a regular basis, and found that the rate of survival of many beetles is often much higher than leaving them in their natural cells.  Very often larvae construct their chambers at the very bottom of the substrate where is a high chance of the accumulation of the excessive moisture, which often leads to the poor air exchange and development of the mold and fungi. This is particularly relevant for stag beetle larvae which are normally kept in smaller containers, such as plastic pots or glass (kinshi) jars , and the air circulation in such smaller containers is very poor. Big beetle species, the larvae of which pupate in large boxes are normally not affected, because the good air circulation in bigger volumes prevents moisture from accumulation at the bottom of the containers.

After trying such artificial cells with several beetles I came to the following conclusions:

1) it is best to put the larva which has already molted into a pupa, or at least an immobile larva that undergoing its last stages before the transformation.  The mobile larvae will most likely try to dig itself into the foam and will eventually die. If such larvae is places back into the substrate it will not be able to create another chamber due to lack of energy and will die because of exhaustion.  

2) the size and shape of the pupa should resemble their natural chamber by size and shape as close as possible. In this case take an approximate measurement of the cell from which the larva was removed. If you make the chamber too big, the freshly molted beetle may not be able to flip over, which is necessary for it to pull its flying wings under the elytra. Although most of the natural chambers are positioned very close to horizontal position, some of the species construct chambers with a significant angle or even almost vertical chambers, e.g. Allomyrina dichotoma, so this needs to be taken into the account when constructing the chambers. 

3) Natural chambers, are covered by the layer of soil, which prevent them from complete drying. Artificial chambers can easily dry out even through the small ventilation holes in low humidity surroundings. It is important to maintain the level humidity similar to the one required for the certain.

Here is a short video how I make pupal chambers for my beetles.












Sunday, 18 September 2016

September 2016 sale list (updated 18.09.2016)

Dynastes hercules hercules- L1                 £7 each or 10 for £65
*Dynastes hercules hercules- mid L2         £8  each (~5-7 left)
*Dynastes hyllus hyllus- late L3                £5 each (only 2 male larvae left)
 Dynastes maya-  L1-L2 (RARE!!!)             £16 each or 10 for 140 (~10 left)

*Megasoma elephas elephas- L2               £8 each or 10 for £70
*Megasoma actaeon- late L3                    £15 each (2 male 70+g larvae left)
*Megasoma gyas porioni–mid L3               £13 each, sexed pair (m+f) £25
*Megasoma gyas porionilate L3               £18 each, sexed pair (m+f) £35
*Megasoma Anubis- L2    SALE!!!               £14 each or 10 for £120
Goliathus orientalis preissi- L1                   £10 each or 10 for £70
*Goliathus orientalis preissi- L3, 20g+                 £14 each or 10 for £110
*Goliathus orientalis preissi- big L3 sexed pair (30g+, male+female) £28 each
                                         big L3 trio (male+2 females)           £40 each

Allomyrina dichotoma dichotoma   ~12 late L1 early L3 left, whole lot for £35 
Dynastes granti- L1                                           £5.5 each or 10 for £50 
Rainbow stag beetle - 
fresh adult pair with mid size male (pair on photo) - £33
                                                             
*- determining sex of the larvae is possible
Payment is by paypal or bank transfer.
Postage:(Based on ~0.5 Kg parcel (prices may vary for different countries or orders)
Recorded postage: UK - £5, Europe - £12, rest of the world -£14.
Regular postage (at buyer's risk only): UK - £4, Europe-£7, rest of the world £9
Postage outside the EU: at buyer’s risk only
Ordering:  Please inquire about the items you would like to purchase, as they may become unavailable or prices may change.  You will receive the total for your order, no strings attached. Further discount is possible for big orders.
Contact email: beetlesaspets@gmail.com

J also started YouTube channel recently J  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClYlEk4_Nau_9LmFubu3_ug

Friday, 16 September 2016

Lucanus cervus subspecies

   European stag  beetle, Lucanus cervus cervus is definitely the biggest and one of the most remarkable European beetle. A major male of the stag beetle has impressive mandibules (horns), while females have smaller body and short and strong mandibules. Some exceptionally big males can reach up to 90 mm in size, although normally the size of the males is in the range of 50-70 mm. The females are much smaller, 35-50 mm.  There is a quite strong population of these beetles in the UK; with patchy distribution in Southern part of the country.   Interestingly, if continental Lucanus cervus cervus population is normally associated with woodlands and forests, UK population of the beetle is often associated with  urban gardens, suggesting their importance in preserving populations of this stag beetle species. The development of the larvae of the beetle can take 2-5 years in nature and I understand that the speed of the development similarly to tropical stag beetles often depends on the temperature and nutritional value of the substrate into which eggs were deposited by the stag beetle females. 
 
   Although Luncanus cervus cervus species is protected in most of the European countries, which prevents their trade and exploiting of their natural populations, it is my understanding that it is not illegal to handle wild caught specimen or even raise the larvae, if they found not in protected habitat in some European countries. I observed adult beetles flying on a warm spring night in our back garden in south London several times with occasional beetle landing/falling onto ground
With continuous interest to this big stag beetle, quite recently live specimen of other subspecies or variations of subspecies of Lucanus cervus became available on Asian hobbyist market. These are Lucanus cervus akbesianus, which is considered as variation of Lucanus cervus ssp. turcicus (Sturm, 1843, antennal club of 6 segments) and Lucanus cervus ssp. judaicus (Planet, 1900, antennal club of 4 segments). Since the area of habbitat occasionally overlap for some of these subspecies/variations, there is a possibility of obtaining a wrongly identified specimen. Therefore an easy identification key could be helpful when such specimen are obtained. 
   Here I found an interesting  diagram showing the characteristics of the shape of manidbules in different ssp/variations. This one could be very useful when obtaining live specimen to confirm their taxonomic position.  
It is my understanding that breeding of protected Lucanus cervus cervus in captivity from generation to generation so far was not extremely successful, so there is still a lot to learn about their breeding specifics. One of the most restricting factors is a limited number of the specimen which can be obtained for such studies. Often, such specimen originate from one heavily inbred population, which would contribute negatively to the survival rate of the captive bred specimen. It is quite possible that using other readily available Lucanus cervus ssp as a model could be very beneficial for learning insights into the raising protected lucanus cervus cervus and restoring their population in nature.

Here are some very interesting reads about  Lucanus cervus.

http://maria.fremlin.de/stagbeetles/index.html
http://www.glaphyridae.com/Lucanidae/Lu_cervus.html


 

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Friday, 5 August 2016

August 2016 sale list (updated 05.08.2016)

*Dynastes hercules hercules- mid L2          £8.5 each or 10 for £80 (~20 left)
*Dynastes hercules hercules- early L3         £12 each or 10 for £110 (~10 left)
*Dynastes hyllus hyllus- late L3                 £5 each (only 2 male larvae left)
Megasoma elephas elephas- L1                  £7.5 each or 10 for £70
*Megasoma actaeon- mid L3                      £14 each (~5 left)
*Megasoma gyas porioni–early to mid L3               £13 each or 10 for £115
*Megasoma gyas porioni–mid L3                 £18 each or 10 for £160
Megasoma Anubis- L1                                £15 each or 10 for £140
*Megasoma Anubis- late L3 (35-45g)           £25 each (only 2 male larvae left)
Phalacrognathus Muelleri-L2                       £6 each or 10 for 55 (~15 left)
Phalacrognathus muelleri- L3                      £8 each
Goliathus orientalis preissi- L2                    £10 each or 10 for £80
*Goliathus orientalis preissi- L3                  £14 each or 10 for £130
*Goliathus orientalis preissi- big L3 sexed pair (male+female) £30 each
                                                L3 trio (male+2 females)           £42 each
Protaetia (cetonischema) aeruginosa- L1-L2 from red parents £1.5 each or 10 for £13 
Protaetia (cetonischema) speciosa jousselini- L1-L2   £3.5 each or 10 for £33  
Allomyrina dichotoma dichotoma- L1 (F1!)            £4 each or 10 for £35
                                                              (coming soon, eggs are hatching)
Dynastes granti- L1                                           £5.5 each or 10 for £50 
                                                              (coming soon, eggs are hatching)
*- determining sex of the larvae is possible
Payment is by paypal or bank transfer.
Postage:(Based on ~0.5 Kg parcel (prices may vary for different countries or orders)
Recorded postage: UK - £5, Europe - £12, rest of the world -£14.
Regular postage (at buyer's risk only): UK - £4, Europe-£7, rest of the world £9
Postage outside the EU: at buyer’s risk only
Ordering:  Please enquire about the items you would like to purchase, as they may become unavailable or prices may change.  You will receive the total for your order, no strings attached. Further discount is possible for big orders.
Contact email: beetlesaspets@gmail.com

J also started YouTube channel recently J  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClYlEk4_Nau_9LmFubu3_ug