Dynastes tityus Rhino Beetle Larva


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This listing is for one Dynastes tityus rhino beetle larva. A larva is an immature (like the caterpillars that later become adult butterflies). These are in the grub stage that lasts 12 to 18 months. Available as L2 larvae (meaning, first or second instar with L3 being the third and final, longest larval instar/stage). 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 $18 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.

The video below compares two nice sized males of the yellower D. tityus with the grayish male Dynastes granti in the first clip and then moves on to a breeding pair of D. tityus.




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