23-03-12

Very rare Dynastes hercules ssp.: bleuzeni and paschoali!

It's been a while since I've posted some beetle breeding news.

At the end 2010, I acquired some very rare Dynastes hercules subspecies: bleuzeni (from Venezuela) and paschoali (from Brazil).

The D. h. paschoali arrived in very early L1 stadium from Taiwan (F2-generation). The D. h. bleuzeni larvae were already mid-L2 (F3 generation). Both subspecies were fed during their larval cycle with naturally decayed wood from oak together with a layer of naturally decayed oak/beech leaf substrate (leaf humus).

About one year and a half later (from November-December 2010 til March 2012), both subspecies are growing surprisingly well. From each subspecies, I have 5 males and 5 females (very nice ratio!).

These are the weight evolution of the males:

 

Dynastes hercules bleuzeni

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Dynastes hercules paschoali

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The females of both breeding lines are now at weight between 59 and 67 g, all good and promissing weights for 65-70+ mm adults. I hope I can reach 130+ mm for the adult males of both subspecies.

More news to come!

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