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Likelihood of WC D. tityus females to be fertilized?

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I was given two live female Dynastes tityus a couple days ago. What is the probability that at least one of them is ready to lay eggs this time of year?

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There is no way to calculate that.:lol::lol: Or are you going to ask them? Just set them up.

 

Let's say that female mated. But she doesn't like the set up you made in a tiny container (or even large container), and did not lay a single egg. Then you will probably assume the female DID NOT mated. Right? Since there is no egg found. Even if you saw the female mated with male, if you don't see a single egg from it. You will wonder what happened. You will wonder if the mating did not successfully happened. Or maybe the male is not a male (LOL). There is no such calculation to know whether the wild captured female is mated or not. If you want to rear it, just set them up.

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It has been my experience that, statistically, the probability of any wild-caught dynastine scarab having already mated by the time it is collected is quite high.  Once they emerge, the females are quick to locate a mate, since they only have a rather limited time in which to do this, and then find suitable sites in which to lay their eggs.  This is especially true of temperate species such as D. tityus, in which the life cycle is strongly tied to the seasons.

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No other way to know than to put her in an egg laying container and wait a few weeks/months. Chances are higher with WC females. 

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I definitely agree with the above comments. If it's wild caught females, 90% of the time they will lay some eggs. Sometimes a lot if they haven't already laid a bunch or sometimes not as much if it's later in their life. Especially for Dynastes. Some other species is not so easy. Sometimes I have had issues getting eggs from C gloriosa and Strategus aloeus. Dynastes is one of the easier ones for sure.

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I have them set up in a 5 gallon with ground rotten wood and leaves and topsoil. I'll check this weekend for eggs. I'm really excited 😁

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This is just my opinion and I'm not an expert like the others who have posted here but I think its best to leave the Dynastes eggs alone for at least a few days after laid. On some species, I try not to disturb them at all and wait for larvae. Lucanus and Chrysina eggs can be extremely sensitive and easily damaged, I have learned the hard way. 

I would leave the female undisturbed in the the 5 gallon bin for at least a week, then move the female to another bin. Wait a few days after moving the female then check for eggs. I think just less chance of damage to the fragile eggs. However, it could be fine as well but just my 2 cents worth. Have fun, I'm almost positive you will get some eggs.

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I set them up on Monday, so I was planning to wait about a week. Perhaps I should wait longer though. Also, I have both females set up in the same tank, is that a bad idea? And I'm not able to move them to other bins due to material shortages. I could buy some flake soil if I really had to, but I'd rather hold off on that until I get larvae, to be honest. 

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This is true most of the time (leaving the container undisturbed), but with 2 females in a 5gal - you might check more frequently. They do not remember where they laid their last egg and can easily disturb even their own eggs. Under perfect conditions, you could have one female per 10gal and not worry, but you may end up with more good eggs by checking than you would by leaving them.

Before you start digging look through the bottom of the container and see if you spot any eggs.

 

Good luck,
Steven

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11 minutes ago, Beetle-Experience said:

This is true most of the time (leaving the container undisturbed), but with 2 females in a 5gal - you might check more frequently.

How often should I check?

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In my experience no less than once a week seemed to do the trick honestly. Even biweekly could work, but as stated already the longer you wait the greater chance previously laid eggs will become disturbed and or destroyed by a roaming female.

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4 minutes ago, Alex Shaffer said:

In my experience no less than once a week seemed to do the trick honestly. Even biweekly could work, but as stated already the longer you wait the greater chance previously laid eggs will become disturbed and or destroyed by a roaming female. 

Yes. There is a trade off unfortunately. You may damage an egg or two, but still might end up with more larvae.

Someone with unlimited space, substrate and containers could move the females to fresh containers - leaving the older ones undisturbed, but I've never been in that situation.

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