I just got a Dorcus curvidens, and I need help naming him. (I know name threads suck but hey its nit a dog/cat right)
Personality wise, he just trundles along, is very non-aggressive and calm. He likes to hide inside your bra, you can kiss his face and he won't care. He lifts his head up like a dog.
something like Chunk, Fudge, Pup.... names like that, or any other that come to mind?
More pics of his face. He has a wide mouth like a stingray.
Here he is with my rainbow stag Genki, who is super sweet too! (I dont let them interact, this is just size comparison)
I'm not sure, I think it depends on the species? I heard rainbow stags can live up to 18 months, but some Dorcus species only six months... Guess I'll find out.
lmao, I'm in my pjs already but maybe tomorrow.
Boss is cute. He's got a pretty cutesy personality, but it does suit his looks.
Sorry man, I really am in my pjs. But here's a cute pic of my rainbow stag with dirt on his head.
I used to have a pair of Odontolabis ludekingi. They are nice, but beetles aren't really my kind of thing. I prefer mantids and phasmids.
Can't do bra pic bc my job knows I have these guys but here's his fav place to rest.
Its too bad heracross is such a cute pokemon while pinsir is....not.
Those are cool! Were they aggressive? They look sort of like the p. Fabricei takakuwai that I have (i have 3 bugs total), and he hates being touched.
(The others love getting out of their cages)
Stag beetles have these weird little orange fuzzy tongues that come out and drink nectar. Their mandibles are only used to fight off other males, so they can't really hurt you, which is cool.
(I've heard females with their small mouths can fuck you up, though)
LMAO, thank god he doesn't nip in there.
The male stag beetle's antlers are only used for intraspecific combat (grappling with other males and that sort of thing).
Because they only need to be strong enough to get a grip on a competitor's wingcases they're not really that well muscled.
If one got ahold of you it'd feel like getting a spirited nibble from a plastic fork.
Now the females on the other hand...those can definitely draw blood. Take it from one who knows.
Sorry for being gone, I had a bday party this weekend!
I got him from Titan Beetle Shop, care is pretty easy once I figured out how to do it. You just need a cage with hydrated dirt (ie: mix it up with purified water till its damp), that doesn't have much ventilation so it stays humid (i put seran wrap over most holes in a kritter keeper). Maybe a little log to climb. They eat jellies that they sell on the site, and you change that every day. And that's it! Super duper easy care. I take mine out a lot so they have room to climb and explore
Not this kind! Like >>2050543 said... I saw a vid of a female ripping the tail off a scorpion. Scary shit
Sorry, I said earlier that my work knows I have these! I'm bringing them in so the kids can see. Also cut me some slack, I had to dig in the dirt to get the bug out, lol
For >>2048788, here's the Dorcus ignoring me putting my finger in between his mandibles; he usually just opens them wide and backs up. Or licks me
Are you breeding as well or just always buying adults? The super long larval stages and relatively short life spans of the beetles is keeping me from having them.
Yeah! or close enough. He's got two weird, orange fuzzy straws that come out of his mouth to drink sugary stuff. When he walks around sometimes he'll try and taste stuff
Nah, I might be teaching overseas in the fall, so I decided to hold back on anything that would take so long.
For now, I just wanted to buy one adult -- but there was a cheap rainbow stag, then my p. fabricei takakuwai's leg was broken, so they sent me a free Dorcus stag. Now I have three, lol.
I know they don't live too long, but they're a fun pet to have for a little while. I say go for it if you like them, they're charming little guys.
>gut just fills and fills with shit
>lugging around a swollen bag of shit for an ass for ten years
>shitbag ass drops off with the rest of the skin
>upgrades include a functioning anus, and some sweet antlers to attract pussy, you mirin?
>die like three months later in some giant monkey bitch's house, never even saw a decent female
>got to feel up the ape's tits though, shit was pretty cash
holy shit, thank you. I love that and I'm saving it (is that really what happens to grubs?)
I know, I feel bad. I actually could have bought him with a female for $10 more, but I don't have another cage for her (and they bite). Someone kept male + female together permanently and he somehow decapitated her
Since I mentioned him, here's Taku, my p. fabricei takakuwai. He came in the mail with a broken front leg (his container broke), so he's got some problems getting around. He eats a lot, tho, and is doing pretty well
He also hates being touched (because of leg or species personality, i dont know which) and can make a hissing sound
You're awesome OP. I hope all your bug friends live to be bug ancient, and bring you lots of joy.
Have you ever thought of having pet snails? Some species can get pretty big, and have a very long lifespan.
I'm pretty sure they have the same care requirements! Rhinos can't bite at all from what I understand, though. Stags can chomp you with their mandibles, but mine are chill.
My friend is gonna get one, I didn't only because they were more expensive.
Aww, that's so sweet, thank you!! I hope they live as long as they can, too. Rainbow stags can apparently live 12-18 months, so here's hoping.
I had looked into those a while ago! The really giant ones seem cool... I think they have the same tricky regulations as beetles, I'm not sure how to get my hands on one. (or if I want to....they're so gooey)
>they're so gooey
That's what's so great about 'em
>I've heard females with their small mouths can fuck you up, though
Felt it on my skin and my friend's dog's ear suffered the same fate, too, and I can confirm this. Those bitches have mandibles that are built to cut through wood, it will shred your skin like it's paper. Got bitten by a female Lucanus cervus and it felt like someone burrowing a knife in my finger. My friend's dog had the misfortune of one falling on him and biting his ear, refusing to let go while the poor bastard was yelping and flailing around.
Beetles' short lifespan in wilderness can be attributed to several factors, most important being mating-the only purpose of their adult/imago form, once they mate, they live for a little while longer and die- and stress from evading hunters and traversing long distances. Some species of beetles can live up to a few years (2-3 years) if they do not mate and if you take good care of them, but most can live up for 6 months or so max.
I've always wanted to have a pet beetle, but I heard they only live in beetle form for a few weeks. Is this true?
What is their lifespan as a beetle?
Praying Mantids live for a full year, and I've had many live longer than that.
I got mine at Titan Beetle shop, I recommend them if you live in the US (since there's not many other options). You can get some seriously huge beetles, but every millimeter costs you. I'd love to just hold one of those enormous rhino beetles, though...
That's terrifying, lol. I could have gotten some cheap females with the males I bought, but I'm glad I didn't, because I would have stuck my hand in the cage just assuming neither sex would bite me. Do they burrow through wood to lay eggs? I know rotting wood is what the larva eat.
$32. The Dorcus was $45, but I got him free because the earlier shipment of >>2051474
this beetle was damaged (that beetle was $50 originally). My small rainbow stag male was $30
It's about 20 cents for each jelly, and I get 2-3 days out of each one if I slice off the old stuff on top
So yeah, pricey bugs! But they're really fun
>Do they burrow through wood to lay eggs? I know rotting wood is what the larva eat.
They do, so they can lay the eggs within the wood. Once the eggs hatch, larvae proceed to eat the wood from the inside, and once they are done feeding, they crawl outside and burrow into the ground to pupate.