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Hey, guys.

Long time since I posted, but since summer is just around the corner, and my A. dichotoma (Or Trypoxylus dichotomus? Which is it?) are pupating soon, I'm thinking that I need to get them some friends.

 

So, my question is: where is the best place to find imago and/or larvae of D. tityus in southern Mississippi? Hattiesburg, MS to be specific. And are there any other cool species I should be on the look out for? Does Lucanus elaphus live here?

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for adults, its time and location.

 

and I find them at gas stations. Although you can find them from (usually) June~July, I find most tityus tend to emerge within 2 weeks from each other.(at the same location, not cross city/states/country)

 

so there might be a day that you can find multiple, and 0~1 for some other days. You need to find that "peak", and it could take years, because if you missed it, you have to wait a year.

 

I want to talk about this "peak" a little bit more. the peak near where i live is around July 4th. But 4 hours south from here, the peak is around June 20. this could vary depending on the weather too.

 

you kinda have to "predict" a little once you know the general peak time. lets say you have a warm spring, then the beetles might be active a little earlier...

 

Id say the cheapest and fastest way to find them is through purchase... XDDDD

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Id say the cheapest and fastest way to find them is through purchase... XDDDD

 

I know a guy for larvae... just saying. :lol:

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Thank you, Pewrune, for the invaluable advice. I'm thinking I'll go on regular walks into the woods/near gas stations and see if I get lucky. As far as buying goes, I'm about to buy some Dynastes hercules lichyi and Mecynorhina torquata ugandensis larvae, and so I'm wanting some already adult D. tityus. Does anyone know of anyone else selling male imago of the species?

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Bugsincyberspace often does, and if you find tree holes check inside, that’s where they usually live (I’d imagine there are adults waiting to emerge right now).

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When I was in florida, I saw many holes in trees that looked like there were larval chewing tracks, but I had no idea how to get in there and get them out! lol

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Yeah thats probably them, you can just dig them out with your hands.

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So, head into random forest and put my flashlight/hands into the holes/crevices and if I do this enough I will have larvae of some sort, huh?

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So, head into random forest and put my flashlight/hands into the holes/crevices and if I do this enough I will have larvae of some sort, huh?

And quite possibly some black widow and / or rattlesnake bites as well. Whether on the land or in the sea, sticking your hands into holes of any sort is not without risk. Holes are valuable "real estate", and are nearly always occupied by something. Not necessarily something that's going to do you harm, but you just never know, so it's a gamble.

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Thats true, my main nemesis for tree holes is ants. Oftentimes, if you look at a tree hole that does have larvae, its noticable. Sometimes theres a little pile of fecal pellets pouring out, or theyre on the surface. If you dont see any of these signs after digging in about 1-2 inches down, chances are there arent any larvae in that hole.

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