Dynastes tityus Rhino Beetle Larva


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This listing is for one captive bred Dynastes tityus rhino beetle larva, L1/L2 in size (read below).

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. Beetles go through three larval instars with L3 being the third and final and longest larval instar or stage before they pupate. Larval sizes vary slightly and the larval photo represents young vs. older larvae. After a larva grows completely, it pupates. A month or so later the adult beetle emerges. Photos of the larvae appear on this page as well.

Dynastes tityus is the Eastern Hercules Beetle from the USA. These are available as captive bred larvae, unsexed at $19.99 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 premium oak flake soil product in the links below.

A whole book written on their care is also offered below. To sum it up in three words–wood and moisture.

Adults later feed on juicy fruits like apple, peach and pear but we usually offer them beetle jellies, also linked below.

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




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Weight .1 lbs


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