Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Conifer seed bug Pet

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Fabio
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Hello and nice to meet you..After  long cold winter we found a western conifer seed bug on a palm plant in my house now he is caged and my Pet.   After some investagation, trial and error my friend is loving beetle jelly very very frequently and i spray his tank at different intervals with water.  Since i think he has been alive since last winter i want to know a few things  or just general input  and kost important how long do you
you think he is going to live as he is now my buddy, sleeping, eatting, resting androaming daily. His tank is 8x5x6 and he looks happy

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Dominic:

I wish you the best of luck with this insect, but generally they don't live longer than 12 months.  I would imagine that without exposure to the environment, predators and parasites, it may last longer.  These insects have only 2 modes:  feeding and reproduction.  They don't sleep.

I have nothing to say about keeping it as a "pet" because these aren't usually kept as pets.

Bugs don't have emotions or feelings, so if it looks happy to you, that's great!  

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I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at www.facebook.com/groups/antmans.hill/.

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22+ years' experience as an entomologist: 5 years as a biologist with Merck Animal Health (I was part of the R&D team that worked to develop FrontLine flea and tick products) and 7 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Cooperative Extension.

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Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter, Master Gardener SCION Newsletter, GardenStyleSA e-Newsletter

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BS - Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.

Board Certified Entomologist, 1996-2000 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty (Entomological Society of America)

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2000 Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for leadership on the Texas Fire Ant Program Educational Team.

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