Eastern Hercules Beetle

Dynastes tityus

Mixed larvae: $30/each
Adults: Contact for availability and pricing.

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: 60 mm.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Not picky.
  • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
  • Favorite Foods: (Adults): Banana and apple. (Larvae): Rotting organic matter; wood in the wild.
  • Locality: Inquire.

It may come as a surprise to many that the United States has two indigenous members of the genus Dynastes, or Hercules beetles. Dynastes tityus has a surprising range from southern Michigan (specimens were collected from rotting ash wood there by Dr. Jonathan Lelito circa 2013) to southern Florida and all the way west to central Texas. Further west, it’s replaced by Dynastes grantii, its extremely close relative. The larvae are easily reared on rich compost or premium potting soil, but are often found in well-rotted tree wood in the wild. Pupation occurs in the substrate material but not in frass, so keeping third instar larvae surrounded by fresh material is important. After eclosing, adults remain inactive in their chambers for several months, though this can be safely disrupted by the impatient or overly conscientious keeper. Reproduction will not occur until the intrinsic diapause is broken, even if the beetles are removed from their cells or are active. Males will fight for females, and as their name suggests are quite strong; the legs and tarsi are particularly powerful!

**Roach Crossing is currently working with multiple localities and crossed strains of this species. Please inquire for additional details on purchased stock!**