Caring for rhinobeetle larvae

To keep rhinoceros beetle larvae only three things are required:

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1. Good Substrate:

Check out the Beetle substrate article for more information (tfeel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if your having trouble accessing good substrate or if you have any further questions). Good substrate is me important for the development of larvae where as adults can be housed in regular substrate such as peat moss (except for breeding purposes).

2 Good containers:

appropriately sized as shown in the picture below (camera film container was used to keep L1, 5x5x6cm tubs can be used to keep L2s, 14x10x7cm Tubs to keep L3 Females and 20x12x10 cm container for large L3 males).  The bigger the container, the more substrate you need. Also the larvae are used to being in tight spaces - in the wild they live in crevices in rotting wood. These sizes was designed for the large species Dynastes hercules hercules so they will work for any larvae.


Containers should be made of a strongish plastic and you should make several small holes for ventilation. I use a heated needle to make the holes as drilling can leave sharp edges that can harm the larvae. Also note that the larvae are strong - they can push the lids off containers its for this reason I now only use containers with Screw on lids, as before it would not be uncommon for a larvae to escape.

You need a lot of patience, as some larvae take over a year to fully develop and become adults. Keeping a record of the larva weights is a good idea. They dont mind a small amount of handling but don't leave them out of the substrate for too long as they dry out and they don't really like the light.


Caring for adult rhinobeetles

There are only a small number of items you need to keep beetles. It is because it is this simple that many people choose to keep them as pets.
The diagram below shows all the items you need to successfully keep and breed adult rhinoceros beetles.
adult materials
Adult beetles do have the ability to fly and although it rare for them to do so and it usually only lasts for a few seconds it is best to make sure all windows and doors are not open if the beetle is not in its enclosure. The diagram below shows a "typical" enclosure for an adult.
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