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I have a single female eastern Hercules beetle that i think will make it until summer and I was wondering if I could attract some males by putting outside in a cage. Would the pheromones be strong enough to attract some males?

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On 3/20/2022 at 4:17 PM, Jimmy said:

I have a single female eastern Hercules beetle that i think will make it until summer and I was wondering if I could attract some males by putting outside in a cage. Would the pheromones be strong enough to attract some males?

If you are located near their natural habitat, yes, it can potentially attract males, but if you are in cities, away from where they are recorded, then no. Even if male insects are known to travel several miles attracted to pheromones, beetles just cannot travel that far in a short time. Most insects that can get attracted from several miles are insects that usually fly to transit, like moths, butterflies, dragonflies, etc.

Also considering there are more females available where males are originally located, chances are pretty low.

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