Dynastes hercules life cycle

In this infographic the different stages of the life cycle of the Dynastes hercules beetle are represented, and also some interesting details of this species such as sexual dimorphism, habitat and variation of the color of the elytra depending on the humidity of the habitat…

The Dynastes hercules is an incredibly impressive beetle that stands out as one of the largest and most powerful species in its family. Native to Central and South America, this majestic insect can reach lengths of up to 17 centimeters, making it one of the largest beetles in the world. Dynastes hercules males are known for their huge horns (one on the thorax and one on the head), which can measure up to a third of their total length and are used in combat competitions to establish dominance. Despite their intimidating appearance, these beetles are primarily herbivorous, feeding on rotting fruit and decaying wood. In addition to its staggering size and strength (hence its name), the Dynastes hercules is known for its clumsy but noisy flight, making it an unmistakable visitor to the rainforests where it inhabits.

Before reaching its adult stage, the life cycle of the Dynastes hercules beetle consists of egg, larval, and pupal stages. After hatching from the eggs, the larvae submerge in the substrate, feeding on decaying plant material for several months or even years. Then, they enter the pupal stage, going through several molts until they reach their adult form. The average lifespan of adult beetles is around six months, although this can vary based on environmental and feeding factors.

This illustration is made with the stippling technique, to which color was added later.


Digital, punteado


Isa Loureiro 2023