Guest AlexW Posted August 29, 2017 Share Posted August 29, 2017 Use this for sharing interesting ideas, even if they are wishful thinking. Perhaps some smart hobbyist can turn them into reality. Mine: - Sanitize dung scarabs, burying beetles, carrion rove beetles, dronefly larvae, etc. by raising them in clean places. This has been done with maggots used for maggot therapy already. Orin says that Necrophila can be raised on dogfood but needs meat to oviposit. Maybe artificially synthesized compounds would also encourage them. Dung scarabs are trickier, because Orin says substitute foods are unlikely to work due to extreme specialization. Perhaps some devoted hobbyist could analyze dung nutritional profiles to create fake dung suited to each species' specializations? - Keep flying insects in big cages or the house: - Freerange non-flying insects in the house? I know Peter has done this w mantises, but mantises can sit in one spot for weeks - Or at least raise them in the built-in bathtub of the house, with drain plugged? I tried this once with a cricket, but I stopped halfway due to its inactivity - Roachcrossing says that permanent (breeding) multispecies roach aquariums are possible but still new, since fishkeeping is an older hobby; see the careguide - The ability to see non-burrow-forming diggers and borers nearly 100% of the time. I noticed that layered paper towel shreds allow me to see my Coniontis darkling beetle because they have gaps, but this may be slightly stressful for the insect. - I've heard of certain live-root-feeding longhorns being raised on potted plants. This would not work for big species that need big roots to chew. Some sort of root life support? - Get roachcrossing to resume updates (I'm joking, but who doesn't want roachcrossing up and working again?) 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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