Sorry if you don’t like our cute pet! It’s time to change the soil again for our Colombian Hercules larva. Today was such a shiny day, it was nice because the larva wouldn’t get exposed too long to the cold autumn weather.

Hercules beetle larva: November 20, 2010

Hercules beetle larva: November 20, 2010

We keep the larva in a big plastic case filled with special soil that contains food for the larva. It would then eat the soil until the case is about half-full or less, and then we change the soil with new one. It’s the 4th soil change already, the last one was about 4 months ago. The larva hasn’t grow much bigger since the last time we saw it. I don’t think it can grow any bigger than this, though. We hope next year it will start to metamorphose into a giant beetle!

Hercules beetle larva: November 20, 2010 Hercules beetle larva: November 20, 2010 Hercules beetle larva: November 20, 2010

Go to my flickr set for more pictures! (if you want to, of course)

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