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Strategus aloeus - the Ox Beetle

The ox beetle must be one of the most underrated native dynastids. I simply do not understand why they are not more popular.

First of all, they have the whole lifespan thing going for them, living up to two years as adult males. (longest for females I've had was 9~ months)

They have a fast larval cycle and develop well in raised bed soil, taking under a year to become adults.

They are easy to breed, and lay in most organic substrate.

Very compacted topsoil it recommended for pupating purposes, but it is not required,

Only unique thing about their care is adults must be fed every three days. They eat a lottttt.

Consider this for your next native rhino beetle, you won't regret it.

53mm cb male pictured.

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