Kathy Macpherson Baca had an awesome Hercules beetle at photo ops #neccc this year
Watch until the end : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioHmlMvpcNQ
Many people asked about beetles - they are larvae first, they go thru a lot to become a beetle
if you get any cool photos from Kathy's creepy con session please make sure to share them on the NECCC Facebook page (#NECCC) and tag Kathy
"Life cycle -- The larval stage of the Hercules beetle will last one to two years, with the larva growing up to 4.5 inches (11 cm) in length and weighing more than 100 grams. Much of the life of the larva is spent tunneling through rotting wood. After the larval period, transformation into a pupa, and moulting, the beetle then emerges as an adult."
"Diet -- The larval stage of the Hercules beetle will feed on rotting wood during this two year stage.The adult Hercules beetle feeds on fresh and rotting fruit. They have been observed feeding on peaches, pear, apple, and grapes within captivity.""