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Posted 27 September 2017 - 08:23 PM

So I found a supposed darkling beetle tonight but I've never seen one like it and I can't find anything in field guides and such, so of course I've come here for help. Any ID or care tips would be GREAT!, thanks

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 10:29 PM

Looks to be Polypleurus perforatus, see here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/359481

It's a close relative of Alobates and Coelocnemis, which have both proven to be rather hard to culture in captivity. I have gotten Alobates to lay eggs, and the larvae to get to had of their mature size, but I think all of my larvae have died off now. :/

Anyway, Polypleurus will likely need a substrate of rotten wood to induce egg laying, and they should be kept moist, but very well ventilated. Adults will probably feed on dog food and such in captivity, and may not live as long as some desert dwelling species do. This genus has never been bred in captivity to my knowledge, so I don't know what kind of care needs the larvae have.

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Darklings: Alobates pensylvanica, Coelocnemis californicus, Coelus ciliatus, Eleodes clavicornis, Eleodes hispilabris, Eleodes nigrinus, Embaphion cf. contusum, Embaphion muricatum, Eusattus muricatus, Meracantha contracta, Platydema ellipticum, Tenebrio molitor, Tenebrio obscurus, Tenebrionid sp, Zophobas morio. Ground beetles: Pasimachus sp. "Arizona". Click beetles: 1 Alaus melanops larva, Ampedus sp, Elateridae sp larva, Elaterid sp larvae, Melanotus cf. similis, Melanotus sp, Pyrophorus noctilucus. Also: A bunch of cockroach species, spiders, isopods, and a cat. For a full list of my invertebrates, See my blog! http://invertebratedude.blogspot.com/


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 04:17 PM

Thanks! And I will, I only found one though , so I don't think it'll reproduce

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 01:35 PM

Thanks! And I will, I only found one though , so I don't think it'll reproduce


Hey, you never know, it could be a gravid female! :lol: I've been really lucky with finding gravid female Tenebrionids where I live, oftentimes I can only find one individual of a certain species, and it ends up being a gravid female. One fertilized female is all you need to establish a colony of most Tenebrionids it seems, assuming you know the care needs of the larvae...

Darklings: Alobates pensylvanica, Coelocnemis californicus, Coelus ciliatus, Eleodes clavicornis, Eleodes hispilabris, Eleodes nigrinus, Embaphion cf. contusum, Embaphion muricatum, Eusattus muricatus, Meracantha contracta, Platydema ellipticum, Tenebrio molitor, Tenebrio obscurus, Tenebrionid sp, Zophobas morio. Ground beetles: Pasimachus sp. "Arizona". Click beetles: 1 Alaus melanops larva, Ampedus sp, Elateridae sp larva, Elaterid sp larvae, Melanotus cf. similis, Melanotus sp, Pyrophorus noctilucus. Also: A bunch of cockroach species, spiders, isopods, and a cat. For a full list of my invertebrates, See my blog! http://invertebratedude.blogspot.com/


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 01:13 PM

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