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Here's a 40 mm male M. punctulatus that I reared about 5 years ago -

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The largest punctulatus specimen I've ever seen was a captive reared of 47 mm (which is exceptional).

Based on my experience with sleeperi, I suspect that this species can reach approximately the same size as punctulatus under ideal environmental conditions, even though most wild-collected examples tend to be considerably smaller than captive reared ones (as is also the case with punctulatus).

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On 7/4/2021 at 2:51 PM, Goliathus said:

Here's a 40 mm male M. punctulatus that I reared about 5 years ago -

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E8C373BC61.jpg

The largest punctulatus specimen I've ever seen was a captive reared of 47 mm (which is exceptional).

Based on my experience with sleeperi, I suspect that this species can reach approximately the same size as punctulatus under ideal environmental conditions, even though most wild-collected examples tend to be considerably smaller than captive reared ones (as is also the case with punctulatus).

Oh my god! I remember this picture on a bugs in cyberspace listing a couple years ago I still was just catching beetles at the time because I never had the money.

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On 7/6/2021 at 8:48 PM, Teneb said:

Oh my god! I remember this picture on a bugs in cyberspace listing a couple years ago I still was just catching beetles at the time because I never had the money.

Yes - I showed the photo to Peter, and he asked to use it on his website.

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On 7/6/2021 at 9:49 PM, DynastesDee said:

Did you find Megasoma punctulatus females and males in the wild?

Yes - and mostly females, the last time I went looking.

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On 7/7/2021 at 1:48 PM, DynastesDee said:

Nice, did you find the females near lights or on mesquite trees. 

I checked some mesquite trees, but found all of the beetles at lights.

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On 7/7/2021 at 4:16 PM, Beetlesforlife3 said:

@Goliathus every take collecting request for megasoma?

Sorry, but I really have no idea when I'll go collecting again - I only rarely make trips.  My most recent one was Aug 2015.

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