24-07-15

Dynastes hercules reidi - F2 - first trial

This is my first attempt to breed with the "smallest" subspecies of Dynastes hercules: the reidi ssp. I received these as early L1 around 6 months ago. I have to be honest, I don't even know whether these are from the reidi type (St-Lucia) or the baudri type (Martinique), but time will tell as soon as the adult males hatch.

I've been breeding the larvae at a constant 20-21°C with classic Dynastes sp. substrate (finely shredded decomposing oak/beech wood and leaf humus) and up untill now the larvae are growing slow but steady. Moreover, they're still very white, although I already have them for over 6 months.

The biggest larva currently weighs near 50 g (a male of course) which is already a positive sign (usually, when larvae of a certain species do not adapt to the substrate (e.g. flake soil vs. naturally decaying substrate), the larvae stagnate at the early L3 stage and remain at an average weight of 30-35 g for a prolonged time before finally dying, a very demotivating process).

I would already be very happy if the male larvae reach 60 g or more. I understood nice sizes can be obtained from 70+ g onwards.

Here are 2 pictures of the heaviest male larvae:

DHR male 43 g.jpg

DHR male 48 g.jpg

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