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Went up to Payson Az in search of Dynastes Granti a couple days ago. Came up empty but found 3 Chrysina Gloriosa, 3 or 4 Xyloryctes thestalus I'm not sure if one of them is a brown june bug.

 

 

It don't know how post large pics so I used pintrest.

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Hey, not too bad!

I would wait about 1 more week before looking for granti.

Also, it's best to collect the day after a rain.

 

Yeah I had read about the rain it's been a pretty active monsoon here in Phoenix so I figured there would be a good chance of finding some but I didn't even find any dead ones. I was thinking I'd try again in couple weeks or try to keep tabs on Payson ' s weather some how. Here is the immaculate Chrysina gloriosa.

 

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It was kind of strange seemed like the Xyloryctes thestalus had some type of breeding colony going on in a small hole under the Home Depot there in town. It looked like there was atleast 3 inside there and they would push out the dead parts of the other beetles. I tried fishing a male out using his horn but he was a strong little bugger.

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Here is the one on the right who I think maybe a brown june bug the reason being it seems to be able to morph it's little antenna into a bristles (like the 10 lined june bug but much smaller) shape instead of little globs Idk maybe I was just seeing things:-). Anyway in my childhood camping trips I always despised the 10 lined June bugs they hiss, very rambunctious around the lanterns, and one landed on my neck and freaked me out pretty much ruined them for me after that. Oh also the head shape Idk if that is because it's much healthier than the other 2 who already seem to be dead or very close to dead;-( jk.

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Anyone know of a way to differentiate between the two?

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Are you sure they are two different species? They both look like female Strategus cessus to me

I'm not very sure either way now. If she layer I would hate to raise june bugs:-). Well I'll just give It A Try I suppose.

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I'm not very sure either way now. If she layer I would hate to raise june bugs:-). Well I'll just give It A Try I suppose.

 

It's not a june bug though u'll be disappointed to see adults if u are expecting beetles with horns (both sexes of this species lack horns).

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It's not a june bug though u'll be disappointed to see adults if u are expecting beetles with horns (both sexes of this species lack horns).

 

Of Xyloryctes thestalus?
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No. Strategus cessus

Oh I miss read your very first post when you said it's not a june bug. Yeah I looked online at the pics of strategus cessus looks correct. Thank you

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One time, in the Payson area, I found a crack in the ground with hundreds and hundreds of Xyloryctes in it.

Interesting was it at a certain campsite area? I rummaged around Christopher Creek a little bit but mostly for wood I have limited experience finding beetles mostly just found termites or the logs were empty for the most part.
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I went again today and again came up empty no Dynastes Granti. But I did at least find 3 dead females. I guess I'm going to try raising some xyloryctes thestalus instead. I did find a beefy male xyloryctes thestalus tho, I think he would be considered a major if these were in the hobby.

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One time, in the Payson area, I found a crack in the ground with hundreds and hundreds of Xyloryctes in it.

I bought some substrate from you now that I noticed your signature and name
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