Dynastes tityus larvae
Express mail required if your low/overnight temperature is 33 degrees or lower, or high temp is above 83 degrees.
This listing is for larvae...immature. These are in the grub stage that lasts 12 to 18 months. Currently available as young L1/L2 larvae (meaning, first or second instar with L3 being the final and longest larval instar/stage). Please note that most of the videos are of the adult beetle. Larval sizes vary slightly and the larval photo represents young vs. older larvae.
Dynastes tityus is the Eastern Hercules Beetle from the USA. These are available as captive bred larvae, unsexed at $15 each, or take three or more at $14 each. I cannot determine gender on these larvae (grubs), so please don't ask.
The larvae feed on decaying wood from hardwood trees like oak, beech, alder, maple, ash, etc. They will ship in a small amount of substrate that could sustain them for a month but not allow them to "thrive". You really should have a plan for acquiring the suitable wood before getting them. I do offer a hardwood substrate (related products, below).
A whole book written on their care is also offered below. To sum it up in three words--wood and moisture.
In the top video below, you can compare two normal sized males of the yellower D. tityus with the grayish male Dynastes granti. In the bottom video, you can see an exceptionial male D. tityus and a normal female.
The ones we ship you will be newly emerged as adults from pupal cells. They should live 6-11 months at room temperature (or up to 22 months at 55F..."overwintering"--a low activity period that mimics the natural condition.). This stock is high yellow and has been carefully selected for quality since 1995. They will not feed for the first couple months at room temperature as they are "naturally" going through an overwintering phase. A couple months at room temperature will end this period and they'll begin to feed (apple slices, banana or watered down brown sugar or honey) and then show a natural interest in breeding after that. You may offer them a deeper substrate of any material and they will dig down and remain underground until they are ready to feed. Or, you may offer them a shallow substrate and they will be visible and move almost normally until they are ready to feed. If you wish to get eggs out of the female, and then larvae, you will want to consider purchasing the rhino beetle book we show in the related products section below. It goes into detail about creating the ideal substrate mix of compost soil and decaying oak, beech or wood from other hardwood trees. As the beetles are typically sold soon after emergence (we don't typically captive breed that many as it is very effort intensive to do it on a grand scale), our customers enjoy a couple months of fine-tuning their set-ups as the beetles pass through the "overwintering" period. As adults, normal pairs range in size from 42-58 mm but often get much larger.
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