Our Shipping

We offer two levels of shipping, standard and special delivery. 

We only ship products Monday-Friday. Orders placed late on Friday will not be shipped until Monday following the weekend, to ensure animals are not stored in cold premises for long periods.

We use a number of shippers to obtain the best price we can that also guarantees delivery of your purchases on time and in good condition. All are reliable, all are major name companies. For US shipping we use Royal Mail Tracked (Which appears in the US as USPS) or UPS, depending on which service you select on checkout. Both are reliable. For Canadian and US orders please read relevent articles on Canadian Orders and US Orders.

For UK shipping we generally use Royal Mail, untracked. Although slower than it used to be the Royal mail rarely loses posted items and almost always delivers them in good condition. The cost is good for Royal mail except when you use their tracked services.

Generally we find that although the actual delivery date is unknown the quality and speed is perfectly good enough. Even with untracked shipments we always obtain proof of posting.

Tracked special delivery

We also offer special delivery, tracked  shipping. In our experience this is rarely needed but we strongly recommend tracked and special delivery for adult beetles when you want to be sure they reach you as quickly as possible. We ship our adults (and larvae) in protected containers with suffficient food for at least a week. In our experience they do not suffer from the travel but you might wish to get them quicker with a tracked service you can follow up - but beware this is usually quite a lot more expensive.

We do not recommend special delivery for our substrate which is heavy and is not affected by a long shipping time. Even for UK shipping 2kg or more can cost tens of pounds for postage and packing. 

Overall the choice is yours. We want you to be satisfied and you need to decide if you want the added reassurance of tracked special delivery. 

If you are purchasing from Outside the EU please see our international order information.

Problems with special delivery

Special delivery is the fastest shipping service we offer but It doesn't always guarantee delivery within a time period as All postal services have a caveat on their terms and conditions which says something like "most of our parcels arrive within the timescale we quote, but this is not a guarantee". 

Anoter problem with special delivery is that many customers assume using special delivery puts them at the front of our order queue, but it doesn't. We process orders strictly in the time order we receive them, to do otherwise would be unfair. Usually this is not a problem but when we get large numbers of orders some special delivery orders don't get shipped for 2 days. Special delivery means that we will use a postal service special delivery method (with its own lack of guarantee).

One way around this is that if your order is particularly important then send us an email or add a comment to your order and we will do our best.

SNOW and HOT Spells

Many of our customers from colder climates find it strange that the UK grinds to a halt when it is cold, but it is true. One day of snow and everything everywhere backs up, post gets slower, schools closedown, motorways close...  If we see a prediction of snow or very low temperatures we usually hold delivery of orders for a few days until the weather warms. When this happens we try to email customers to let them know. The main reason we will delay sending out packages in these tempratures is there is a good possiblity the larvae/adult could die if shipped in very cold conditions (Below 5C, Also note that tempratures above 26C are dangerous for larvae) so please check your local weather forcast for the next week before placing an order. 



What's new

Just in: (11/02/2017) - Xylotrupes gideon L2 (unsexed) larvae £5-6 each get them while stock lasts.


We will soon be restocked in the following:

  • Dynastes herucles hercules l1-l2 larvae
  • Chalcosoma atlas l1-l2 larvae
  • Allomyrina dichotoma adult pairs.
  • Chalcosoma atlas adult pairs.

(Estimate Mid March perhaps slightly longer for the adult pairs.).


Also a wide range of supplies to make your hobby easier. Rather than search through the net for suitable goods we have sourced the correct items as used by far east breeders for you.

A particularly exciting item is the new handling stick it is handcrafted and is the tradtional tool which has been designed over decades by breeders in the far east to be the best way of humanely controlling your animals as these beetles have very strong grip and trying to yank them off a surface could result in injury.

Latest new product is the much requested adult beetle perch (as seen on many far east videos). Our perch is made from hard wearing and waterproof Mopani wood from Africa. At £4.99 this is a real bargain compared to normal petshop prices for the same type of item. Each perch is unique as they are organic real wood pieces.

Finally we are delighted to announce our new kits, which provide everything you need to keep larvae or adult beetles.



What's a beetle?

Beetles are insects from the order Coleoptera.

The word "coleoptera" is from the Greek koleos meaning "sheath" and pteron, meaning "wing", thus "sheathed wing".

beetle structure

The reason for the name is that most beetles have two pairs of wings, the front pair, the "elytra", being hardened and thickened into a sheath-like, or shell-like, protection for the rear pair, and for the rear part of the beetle's body.

The similarity of most beetles' shapes, in particular their possession of elytra, suggests that the Coleoptera are one group, but there is evidence in favour of allocating the current suborder Adephaga their own order.

Beetles are by far the largest orders of insects, with 350,000–400,000 species in four suborders (Adephaga, Archostemata, Myxophaga, and Polyphaga), making up about 40% of all insect species described.

Beetles are generally characterized by a particularly hard exoskeleton and hard forewings (elytra). The beetle's exoskeleton is made up of numerous plates called sclerites, separated by thin sutures. This design provides armored defenses while maintaining flexibility. The general anatomy of a beetle is quite uniform, although specific organs and appendages may vary greatly in appearance and function between the many families in the order. Like all insects, beetles' bodies are divided into three sections: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. Also like all insects beetles have 3 pairs of legs.

Dynastinae or rhinoceros beetles are asubfamily of the scarab beetlefamily (Scarabaeidae) The Dynastinae are among the largest of beetles, reaching more than 150 mm (6 in) in length, but are completely harmless to humans because they cannot bite or sting. Some species have been claimed to lift up to 850 times their own weight Their common names refer to the characteristic horns borne only by the males of most species in the group. Each has a horn on the head and another horn pointing forward from the center of the thorax. The horns are used in fighting other males during mating season, The size of the horn is a good indicator of nutrition and physical health


Rhino Beetles

Dynastinae or rhinoceros beetles are a subfamily of the scarab beetle family (Scarabaeidae). Other common names – some for particular groups of rhinoceros beetles – are for example Hercules beetlesunicorn beetles or horn beetles. Over 300 species of rhinoceros beetles are known.

Many rhinoceros beetles are well known for their unique shapes and large sizes. Some famous species are, for example, the Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas), common rhinoceros beetle (Xylotrupes ulysses), elephant beetle (Megasoma elephas), European rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes nasicornis), Hercules beetle (Dynastes hercules),Japanese rhinoceros beetle or kabutomushi (Allomyrina dichotoma), ox beetle (Strategus aloeus) and the Eastern Hercules beetle (Dynastes tityus).


The body of an adult rhinoceros beetle is covered by a thick exoskeleton. A pair of thick wings lie atop another set of membranous wings underneath, allowing the rhinoceros beetle to fly, although not very efficiently, owing to its large size. Their best protection from predators is their size and stature. Additionally, since they arenocturnal, they avoid many of their predators during the day. When the sun is out, they hide under logs or in vegetation to camouflage themselves from the few predators big enough to want to eat them. If rhinoceros beetles are disturbed, some can release very loud, hissing squeaks. The hissing squeaks are created by rubbing their abdomens against the ends of their wing covers. Rhinoceros beetles are relatively resilient; a healthy adult male can live up to 2-3 years. The females rarely live long after they mate.The Dynastinae are among the largest of beetles, reaching more than 150 mm (6 in) in length, but are completely harmless to humans because they cannot bite or sting. Some species have been anecdotally claimed to lift up to 850 times their own weight.Their common names refer to the characteristic horns borne only by the males of most species in the group. Each has a horn on the head and another horn pointing forward from the center of the thorax. The horns are used in fighting other males during mating season, and for digging. The size of the horn is a good indicator of nutrition and physical health.

These beetles' larval stages last for several years. The larvae feed on rotten wood and the adults feed on nectarplant sap and fruit. First, the larvae hatch from eggs and later develop into pupae before they reach adult status (see picture at left). The females lay 50 eggs on average. Contrary to what their size may imply, adult rhinoceros beetles do not eat large amounts, unlike their larvae, which eat a significant amount of rotting wood.

Use by humans

Rhinoceros beetles have become popular pets in parts of Asia,due to being relatively clean, easy to maintain, and safe to handle. Also in Asia, male beetles are used for gambling fights. Since males naturally have the tendency to fight each other for the attention of females, they are the ones used for battle. To get the two male beetles to lock in combat, a female beetle or a small noisemaker is used to duplicate the female's mating call.

Scientists suggest the larvae contain much more protein (40%), than chicken (20%) and beef(approximately 18%) and they could become a protein source for a large human population.

A team of engineers examined the function and aerodynamics of the Allomyrina dichotoma beetle. Rhinoceros beetles could play a big part in the next generation of aircraft design.

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