|A Facebook friend's collection of Dynastes grantii|
I am very glad that people do care! Even if their target for now are mostly those charismatic big Scarab Beetles. It is hopefully a sign that they will also worry, and get active, to help shape the greater environmental picture.
But in the SW US Arthropods Group that I administer on Facebook, I also had to explain why I think the collector of some Hercules Beetles from 2017 was not harming the environment or the species or ethical standards by taking these 9 male beetles.
Since it took some effort to answer this and because it keeps coming up, here is what I wrote:
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and here is the e mail about the Rhinoceros Beetles from Prescott Valley:
I saw your article on rhinoceros beetles and it was the most informative one I found. Recently there has been an event near my house in Prescott Valley where we have seen hundreds of female beetles crawling around during the day. I have not been able to find a reason why this is happening due to there not being a lot of information on these little guys. We found a lot of them tipped over yesterday and spent some time flipping them. This morning we discovered most of them dead. I was hoping you might have some further explanations for the behaviour. I have attached a photo of one we found this morning. We have spent the morning trying to learn as much about them as possible but have been unable to find more info. Thanks for taking the time to read this, I hope you have a wonderful day!
So you really cannot help them individually at this point. Hopefully they had a chance to lay their eggs in a suitable place before they landed at the lights. And you can assume that there are many more where they came from that will take care of the continuation of their species. If you can convince home and business owners in Prescott Valley to use lights with little UV component (yellow or some led lights are good)and no Mercury Vapor, you may be able to reduce the draw on the beetle population and spar the home owners some of the dead beetles that clutter their porches
Again, thank you for caring!
|Dead Mesquite Twig Girdlers in 2008 at the BP stop north of Tubac. Not swept into a pile, the carpet was at least 500 squarefeet|