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My Monster Female D. Tityus!

Bill Myers

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Okay, this is my experimental D. tityus that I kept at around 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit all throughout her larval an pupal stages.


The only food source I used for her was rotting wood that I collected from the woods near my house.


As you can see, she's a monster!


Total time from a hatchling to an adult was 23 months---which probably would have been a lot longer had I not gotten impatient and decided to open the pupal cell. I could see her progress in the pupal chamber through the bottom of the jar, so I knew where she was at in her development.


After she emerged from her exuvia, I gave her a couple of weeks to harden up a little and then opened up the pupal cell to release her.


Based on this experiment, I'm going to keep about 10 of my D. tityus larvae at the lowered temps of 60 to 65 degrees F, and see if they also grow bigger than the ones kept around 70 to 75 degrees F.


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Thanks, Ratmosphere.






I don't know what the record sizes are for D. tityus. There used to be a Japanese website that tracked that information, but the website isn't up anymore.


That being said, the largest female D. tityus I've personally ever encountered before was a wild caught one which I came across last year. She was 48 mm long.


So, based on my own personal experience, I'm pretty sure I've got a monster beetle on my hands! LOL


It would be cool if we had a thread where we could document our captive bred monster beetles and keep a running score of the record holders at the top of the page.




philipee32: Agreed!




Okay, now for some tragic news. My D. tityus L2's are dying!: http://beetleforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=2652&hl=

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