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My female D. tityus have finally decided to come to the surface and start exploring every now and again. The male is a little lazier, but he's made a couple surface appearances. They've barely touched their jelly, but hopefully they're not too far off from starting to mate. Managed to snag a decent picture of one of the females today. The picture of my male is from unboxing day.
From what I've heard over the years it's not hard, but I can't seem to do it. I saw a female Eastern Hercules Beetle in an elementary school playground back when I was in elementary school (in Jefferson, MD). I'm 26 now and I've been searching for another one for years now with no luck. I always hear they're typically found at playgrounds and parking lots by accident. I've been digging under old logs and stumps in the forests around my home; (Which is nearby the elementary school I went to.) and although I have found many different beetles during this hunt, I still have yet to come across one of these beautiful creatures. I've been out almost every night looking around light poles, but perhaps it's still too early in the season to find anything large just yet, despite I've found many different species by this point. At the moment I'm taking care of some Bess Beetles at home, that I found in a colony nearby the home, and they've been a pleasure to have around. Anyone got any tips onto how to run into a Dynastes Tityus? They're my absolute favorite beetles and I would love to see some again, and even start caring for them if I can.