Dynastes tityus Rhino Beetle


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This listing is for one captive bred 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 L1 or L2 larvae. 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.

This is the first group listing of the year as of early Feb 2021 and as such I’m limiting sales to 5 per person out of respect for all the people that have been waiting half a year. More specimens will become available as spring/summer comes.

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 granti in the first clip and then moves on to a breeding pair of D. tityus.




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