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So, I realized I think I may have had a male ox beetle live an unusually long time? I had a minor male emerge back in September (2019) of last year, which I recorded over on my Twitter so I'd know the exact time he was removed from the pupal cell. Today, I came home and found him suddenly dead. Internet says that the adults only live about 3-5 months and the care guide (Orin's) states they "regularly live five to eight months". So, if he came out as an adult in September 2019, that's about 11 months for mine. All he ate was fuji apples because that was his favorite fare; nothing special like pure maple syrup and honey like his parents got (which both lived to about six months). Is this unusual? It doesn't matter to me much, but I was curious if anyone else has had ox beetles live this long. I wanted to continue breeding but I didn't get a female to emerge at the right time and my only other pupa appeared to fail to finish growing it's "skin" when this one had originally pupated. Has anyone raised any S. antaeus who could give me some information?
Does anyone here ever see any Ox Beetles (Strategus antaeus)? This species has a wide distribution, but does it only tend to occur within certain areas of its range? I've seen the more common S. aloeus many times over the years, but probably haven't come across any S. antaeus since the early 1980s.