Greatwun Posted January 6, 2014 Report Share Posted January 6, 2014 While on a collecting trip last Friday I came across a tree stump with fecal pellets inside. As I started digging through it I pulled out 5 dead Phileurus truncatus larvae that were cold to the touch along with one barely alive larva. Temperatures that day were in the mid 50's and the night before where in the mid 40's. It does not normally get this cold in Central FL and if it does its for a day or two. Its interesting to see that specimens may only be adapted to temperatures in the area they live in since P. truncatus can be found in other states, especially ones that get much more colder than Florida. It may also depend on how much insulation the tree or stump can provide for the larvae living within. I did not find an adult female living with the larvae inside this tree. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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