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Old 11-04-2009, 09:53 AM
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Default Giant Tropical Beetles / Larvae for sale - Elephant Beetles, Hercules, Goliathus etc.

Hi there everyone, I have a few beetles and larvae available at the moment:

Cetonidae (Flower Beetles):

- Goliathus orientalis

- (African Goliath Beetle - super Giant Flower Beetles (Goliathus are the world's largest flower beetles) with black and white patterned elytra): (Genetically unrelated larvae from 7 different females available):
L2 larvae - £9.50 each – in stock
L3 larvae sexed pair (1male & 1 female) - £22 – in stock
L3 larvae sexed trio (1 male & 2 females) - £32 – in stock
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

- Mecynorrhina oberthuri decorata
- (Similar to the below species but with red and black spotted elytra, from 3 different genetically unrelated pairs):
L3 larvae - only males available (large - late L3) - £5 each – in stock
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

- Mecynorrhina torquata

- (Large colourful green flower beetles, 2nd only in size to the Goliath beetles. Larvae are from 2 very large genetically unrelated pairs, 1 male was around 85mm long and the other was around 80mm long!):
L2 larvae sexed pair (1male & 1 female) - £14 – in stock
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

- Mecynorrhina ugandensis
- (Large colourful brown / green / white flower beetles, very similar to Mecynorrhina torquata and also 2nd only in size to the Goliath beetles, available in 2 colour forms:

- Brown & white (Normal colour form):
L2 larvae - only males available - £5 each – in stock
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

- Green & white (A more unusual colour form):
L3 larvae sexed pair (1male & 1 female) - £20 – in stock
L3 larvae - males - £9 each – in stock
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

Dynastidae (Rhinoceros Beetles):

- Chalcosoma caucasus
- (Atlas Beetle - large Asian Rhinoceros Beetle species):
L3 larvae - large - only females available - £8 each – in stock
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

- Dynastes granti
- (Grant’s Rhinoceros Beetle - A smaller relative of the Hercules Beetle. From South America):
L2 larvae - £6 each – in stock
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

- Dynastes hercules hercules

- (The Hercules Beetle - the world’s longest and strongest beetle! A huge Rhinoceros Beetle species from South America, adult males have a huge impressive horn structure and can grow to over 150mm / 6 inches long!!!!):
L2 larvae - £8 each – in stock
L3 larvae sexed pair (1male & 1 female) - £20 – in stock
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

- Dynastes hercules reidi
- (A rarer subspecies of the huge Hercules Beetle):
L2 larvae - £8 each – in stock
L3 larvae sexed pair (1male & 1 female) - £20 – in stock
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

- Dynastes hercules trinidadensis
- (Another rarer subspecies of the huge Hercules Beetle):
L2 larvae - £8.50 each – in stock
L3 larvae sexed pair (1male & 1 female) - £22 – in stock
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

- Dynastes neptunus

- (An unusual species and a relative of the Hercules Beetle, from South America, adult males have huge horns and can also grow to over 150mm / 6 inches long!!!!):
L2 larvae - £10 each – in stock
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

- Megasoma acteon

- (This species is the heaviest of all the Megasoma beetles and is also the heaviest beetle species in the world! A super giant species – mat black in colour, from South America):
L2 larvae - £12 each – in stock
L3 larvae sexed pair (male & female) -£ (Please check for availability)
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

- Megasoma elephas

- (The Elephant Beetle! A huge Rhinoceros Beetle species from South America, similar to Megasoma acteon but has light brown hair on its body. Megasoma are the heaviest beetles in the world!):
L1 larvae - £8 each – in stock
L2 larvae - £12 each – in stock
L3 larvae sexed pair (male & female) -£ (Please check for availability)
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

- Megasoma mars
- (This species is basically a shiny version of Megasoma acteon and is another super giant species from South America):
L2 larvae - £ (Please check for availability)
L3 larvae sexed pair (male & female) - £35 – in stock
Adult pair - £ (Please check for availability)

Lucanidae (Stag Beetles)

- Homoderus gladiator
- (A tropical stag beetle from Africa – attractive yellow colour with black border):
Adult male - £6 – in stock (These are already a few months old, but they can live for over 6 months as imagos)

- Prosopocoilus savagei
- (A tropical stag beetle from Africa – impressively large fierce looking jaws):
Adult male - £8 – in stock

- Phalacrognathus muelleri

- (Rainbow Stag Beetle - amazingly colourful beetle from Queensland):
Adult male - £12 (Only 1 available, he is 2 and a half months old but this species can live for up to 1 year as imagos)
Adult pair - £48 (Please check for availability)

- Prosopocoilus giraffa keisukei

- (The world’s largest Stag Beetle species! A huge tropical stag beetle from Asia – massively oversized fierce looking jaws):
Adult pair - £58 - £68 (Please check for availability)

Where it says '(Please check for availability)' - imagos / larvae may be available to order shortly. Please enquire if interested.
Postage includes a heat pack and is £6.50 for Royal Mail Special Delivery.
All the larvae / beetles listed are captive bred.
Please email enquiries to [email protected]

Many thanks,
André - pet_insects
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can i just ask if u make ur living from selling these great beetles and other stuff or do u have another job?
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can i just ask if u make ur living from selling these great beetles and other stuff or do u have another job?
Hello there, no I do not make a living selling these beetles, it is just an extra for me. Unfortunately the demand for beetles in the UK is low. I breed beetles for a hobby mostly and I am mainly interested in giant or unusual species, many of these species are expensive to obtain and grow slowly. Such beetles are unpopular and infrequently sold in the UK.
The hobby is gaining popularity, although many people still seem to be 'afraid of the unknown' when it comes to rearing larger beetles because the hobby and techniques are not well understood by many UK invertebrate breeders (compared with the likes of Tarantulas etc. that are very popular).
I hope this will change soon, many large beetle species are not difficult to rear and keeping the larvae and beetles costs virtually nothing!
Many thanks,
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They are amazing Andre and I'm soooo tempted by that first one (the black and white one)

How much tank space would an adult pair require?
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They are amazing Andre and I'm soooo tempted by that first one (the black and white one)

How much tank space would an adult pair require?
Hi there, an adult pair will be ok in as little as 30 litres, the female will still lay well. However a 60+ litre enclosure would be better for the beetles and would probably increase the egg yield. I use clear plastic storage boxes of around a 65 litre capacity to rear my Goliath beetles in, they are cheap and more practical than glass tanks of the same size. They obviously do not look as good as glass though, and if you wanted to use a heat mat it could be a problem with the plastic.
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Woah! They are awesome!
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Look interesting but man do they give me the creeps, especially being at that size. I do admire your determination to take on, breed animals that are difficult to obtain info and caresheets and so on. Those pics remind me of the movie Starship Troopers!
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Default Most Giant Beetle species are not so difficult to rear / breed

Thanks, yes the only determination required really is the collecting and purchasing of the species in the first place.
The rearing and breeding of most species is no more difficult than keeping giant millipedes or snails in my opinion.
Many people seem a little afraid to take the plunge and try giant beetle rearing because they are unsure of what to do, I think they would be suprised how cheap and simple it is to rear Elephant (Megasoma) and Hercules beetles if they knew!
Many thanks,
André - pet_insects
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Hi Everyone, collection at the Kettering Show is possible for any beetles / larvae purchased.
Many thanks,
André - pet_insects
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Old 14-04-2009, 07:48 AM
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Default Giant Stag Beetles

Hi everyone.
On Friday I will have large pairs of Prosopocoilus giraffa (the world's largest Stag Beetle) and large pairs of Phalacrognathus muelleri available.
If anyone is interested please email me:
[email protected]
Many thanks,
André - pet_insects
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