24-07-15

Massive Dicronorrhina derbyana derbyana larva

Finally, a picture of a massive Dicronorrhina derbyana derbyana larva (16 g is an exceptional weight, knowing that the biggest larvae of this species tend to reach 12-14 g):

DDD larva 16 g 1.jpg

DDD larva 16 g 2.jpg

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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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Dynastes hercules hercules - New F1 - Guadeloupe

Currently I have one heavyweight female of 73 g (last month’s change even revealed her to weigh 75 g!!!) and a male of 95 g. I am confident the female should reach at least 70 mm in size as an adult beetle and I am hoping the male will continue to increase in weight (at least up to 100 g):

DHH 73 g female!.jpg

DHH 95 g male!.jpg

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Dynastes hercules paschoali, F4 – Brazil – white eyes type

Here are some pictures of my own bred D. h. paschoali adults. You can see that both the male and female are being characterized by the white eyes, a very rare genetic aberration. So, normally the next generation of beetles bred out of this pair should have 100% white eyes.

DHP white eyes type 3.jpg

DHP white eyes type 2.jpg

DHP white eyes type 1.jpg

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Mecynorhina (Chelorrhina) polyphemus confluens Chapter 2

It’s been quite a while again since my last writing, but here are some new results of my Mecynorhina polyphemus confluens breeding:

Most of the larvae pupated around mid-January, meaning their whole larval cycle only took 6 months approx. (I received the parental adults in July 2014). I’ve never experienced this before for beetles of this size (I am confident to say that M. p. confluens is amongst one of those species that produces large sized beetles within a very fast larval cycle)!

Amongst the larvae that I had, 3 exceptional males already hatched, measuring resp. 68-69-70 mm in length exactly (max. L3 weights 35 g, 37 g and 40 g)! I would have loved to break the 70+ mm, but I still have 1 male that just pupated (max. weight recorded 42 g!) and the horn looks very promising!

Please enjoy the pictures! Growth curves and table will be posted soon!

The monster male in larva at 41 g of weight:

MPC 41 g monster.jpg

 

The monster male of 42 g max. larval weight in pupa (expected to be over 70 mm long):

MPC 42 g monster.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first hatched male of 63 mm (not that big, max. larval weight 33 g):

MPC 63 mm 33 g.jpg

 

 

 

 

The bigger ones:

 

Male of 70 mm (max. larval weight 40 g):

MPC 70 mm 3.jpg

 

 

 

 

MPC 70 mm 1.jpg

 

Another male (69 mm, max. larval weight 35 g):

MPC 69 mm 1.jpg

MPC 69 mm 2.jpg

A male of 68 mm (max. larval weight 37 g):

MPC 68 mm.jpg

 

Some more pictures of the males:

MPC 69 - 70 mm 1.jpg

MPC 69 - 70 mm 2.jpg

MPC 69 mm 4.jpg

MPC 69 mm 5.jpg

MPC 69 mm 6.jpg

 

 

 

 

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22-07-15

Mecynorhina torquata ugandensis first hatchings of 2015

The first adult Mecynorhina torquata ugandensis of this year have hatched and once again the colours are simply stunning. This is one species that always surprises! The weights have been average till now (between 35 g and 40 g); sizes up till now from 50 mm up to 68 mm for males. Please enjoy:

MTU 60 mm 1 deepblue.jpg

MTU 60 mm 2 deepblue.jpg

MTU 55 mm 1 supergreen.jpg

MTU 55 mm 2 supergreen.jpg

MTU 50 mm 1 blue green pink.jpg

MTU 50 mm 2 blue green pink.jpg

MTU 68 mm blue-green.jpg
MTU female red-orange.jpg

MTU green 60-65 mm 1.jpg

MTU green 60-65 mm 2.jpg

MTU green 65 mm 1.jpg

MTU green 60 mm 1.jpg

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16-07-15

Dynastes hercules hercules 148+ mm!!!

Here's a magnificent 148+ mm Dynastes hercules hercules male bred by my friend Mark Van Bergen (max. larval weight was 114 g):

 

DHH 148 mm 1.jpg

DHH 148 mm 2.jpg 

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13-07-15

Some dried specimens for sale

DHH 112 mm - 61 mm 1.jpg

DHH 112 mm - 61 mm 2.jpg

DHM 127 mm 1.jpg

DHM 127 mm 2.jpg

DHM 127 mm 3.jpg

DHO 132 mm 1.jpg

DHO 132 mm 2.jpg

Dtityus males 46-47-39 mm 1.jpg

Dtityus males 46-47-39 mm 2.jpg

Dtityus female 39-40 mm.jpg

MTU 77-56 mm.jpg

MTU fem 53 - 51 mm.jpg

MTU 53 mm emerald green.jpgDHL 136 mm 1.jpg

DHL 136 mm 2.jpg

DHM 120 mm 1.jpg

DHM 120 mm 2.jpg

MTI 59-50 mm.jpg

MTU 65-49 mm 1.jpg

MTU 65-49 mm 2.jpg

MTP 80 mm 1.jpg

MTP 80 mm 2.jpg

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