Larvae - Hercules Rhino Beetle, (Dynastes septentrionalis)
Common name - Hercules Rhinoceros Beetle
Scientific name - Dynastes hercules septentrionalis
The listing is for 1x beetle larva, of the largest beetle species in the world, where the current world record specimen has been measured at just over 180mm.
These are CAPTIVE BRED in my collection, with this stock originating from Costa Rica, North America.
This is a different, rarely-kept subspecies of the normally available Hercules Beetle. The regular Hercules Beetle subspecies is Dynastes hercules hercules from Guadeloupe Island, whereas this subspecies is Dynastes hercules septentrionalis from Costa Rica. Whilst these do not reach the same record-breaking size, this subspecies has a distinctive horn morphology where the spines on the thoracic horn are found much further back, and the cephalic horn has a hook shape on the end.
The adult beetles feed on a variety of fruits such as banana, apple, pear, peach and watermelon. The larvae feed on decaying wood and leaf litter.
Beetle Larvae Care Sheet:
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