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Titan Beetle Breeding? (Titanus giganteus)

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by WeightedAbyss75, Sep 13, 2019 at 11:50 PM.

  1. WeightedAbyss75

    WeightedAbyss75 Arachnoangel

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    Just a question I have wanted to ask for a while. Beetle breeding is pretty popular, especially with “the giants”. I see plenty of info on breeding many giant stag beetle species, Atlas Beetles and Goliath Beetles, some of the biggest insects on the planet. However, I fail to find any info on breeding another world record giant, Titanus giganteus or the “Titan Beetle”. Is it just not common? Difficult to breed? I figured it, like the Goliath and Atlas beetles, would have had more popularity/success due to its size and power. Anyone know why they are more of an enigma than the others? Just curious :D
     
  2. Arthroverts

    Arthroverts Arachnobaron Active Member

    Likely because they are illegal to import into the US, the larvae have never been found, and because they are illegal to get in the US.

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts
     
  3. mantisfan101

    mantisfan101 Arachnodemon Active Member

    Since the titan beetle is a longhorn beetle, it most likely feeds on the roots of trees to survive. Also, they spend years in their larval stage and only live for a couple months as adults, which makes raising them kind of pointless.
     
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  4. Patherophis

    Patherophis Arachnobaron Active Member

    @Arthroverts American laws play no role in this, they would be kept in Europe and Asia if it was possible.

    AFAIK their larvae havent been found yet, but considering ecology of related Prioninae, they would be extremely difficult or impossible to breed.
     
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  5. Arthroverts

    Arthroverts Arachnobaron Active Member

    @Patherophis, my meaning was that even if they could be kept in captivity, they would not be let into the US.

    Thanks,

    Arthroverts
     
  6. The Mantis Menagerie

    The Mantis Menagerie Arachnoknight Active Member

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    It might be possible to breed them. I know Batocera have been bred in captivity, so it is theoretically possible. I personally enjoy the little longhorns, but I do not find them that interesting. I would put the effort into rearing more African cetoniids if it was an option.
     
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  7. Arthroverts

    Arthroverts Arachnobaron Active Member

  8. The Mantis Menagerie

    The Mantis Menagerie Arachnoknight Active Member

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