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New Mom to a pair of Hercules Beetles

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Hey y'all from the bluegrass of Kentucky!

I am a new beetle mom as of a couple days ago.  My hubby found a beautiful male Hercules beetle at work and rescued it.  I set him up in a tank with moist Eco Earth, a cork piece to climb and a piece of overripe banana. 

A friend called yesterday and had found a female Hercules in her chimney.  I picked her up and set her up similarly in a separate tank.  Lol

Now what?  I would love to breed these beauties, and I am so excited to find this site!  Any advice is welcome as I learn about these incredible beetles!

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You can start off by putting the male and female in a container with damp sphagnum moss and beetle jellies. Once you witness mating you can put the female in the egg laying container. Since they are wild caught there is a chance the female mated already but if you want to increase the chance of getting eggs, this is the way to go. 

 

You would need a tub for the female to lay eggs in. You can a cheap container at Walmart. Drill around 5 small air holes on two sides of the container and some on the lid. About 7-10 inches of rotten wood substrate or organic potting soil with no perlite (which many on here don't agree with; I used it for years with no issues for egg laying.) You will need to pack the substrate down, not super hard but firm. Put some dead leaves and sticks on top of the substrate. This is because the female can flip over and not be able to get up leading to death. With something to grab on to she increases her survival rate. Don't forget to leave the female some jellies on top.

 

1-3 months later you can dump the substrate out and check for eggs. If the substrate was packed enough you will see large chunks of the substrate formed. You can break these apart and hope they will have eggs in them. From here the eggs should be put in their proper container with the right substrate. If you're having trouble finding substrate you can make your own. I have a link to my video below on how to make it. Some people get mold in the substrate so I recommend tumbling the sacs every day to keep the fermenting going. The summer heat is the perfect time for this. Make sure the mixture does not dry out. 

 

Anyway I hope this helped. This is the way I've been doing it for years. Many others can chime in with suggestions I've missed. I hope this helped and welcome to the forum. 

 

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Thank you for your suggestions!  Where do you get beetle jellies?  Are there pre-made mixes for housing that you can buy or do you have to make your own?  Is the Eco-Earth/sphagnum moss mix ok for them?

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You can get beetle jellies online pretty sure bugsincyberspace has em. I also have a few I can let go too but they aren't the high protein type. Eco earth/sphagnum moss is ok to keep them housed in. The female won't produce eggs in that however. 

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No need for beetle jellies. Beetle jellies are just for convenience. You can just use apples or bananas. However, you will have to change them every day or so, or else it will start rotting, smelling, and attracting flies.

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