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Matt

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  1. A similar sort of topic over in the Bugnation forums just recently - might be worth a read. http://www.bugnation.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=239&t=56789
  2. Looks to be a Chrysomelid (Leaf Beetle), one of the small flea-beetles perhaps.
  3. Simple - unlicenced imports. Rearing or breeding or shipment of A.dichomata in the US also requires a permit, just because the beetleswere bred inthe US does not make them legal to possess live without a permit.
  4. If you mean: "Ecological, behavioural and chemical adaptations to ant predation in species of Thermophilum and Graphipterus (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in the Sahara desert" then I have that one already - interesting reading.
  5. I'm not sure, hence one of the reasons for my post. I have seen pictures of P."Mombo" where the spots on the wings are yellow rather than the more typical orange form but I am not sure if this colour is an artefact due to photo lighting or other camera issues. So far, all my Mombos have stayed stubbornly orange....
  6. Thanks for the reference, I'll ask the Librarian at the Royal Ent Soc if they have the paper in the library anywhere - they should have it.
  7. I've seen a video of these on YouTube posted a few years back. Are thse still in culture anywhere?
  8. If you have any additional information or tips on Anthia breeding, do please let us know. I'm intregued by the comments on the different appearances of the L1 and L2 larvae, is there any published info on that. I presume the females must lay more than 1 or 2 eggs in their lifetime in the wild - the trick is getting them to do it in captivity I suppose.
  9. Subspecies should have no problems breeding and producing fertile offspring if mixed - probably best not to do this in culture as you then have "hybrids" of the two subspecies.
  10. I've read about this "variety" of the more usual White Spot Assassin bug and even found an old video on You-tube from "bugsincyberspace", but I have never seen any for sale anywhere. Anyone know if this yellow spot form is still in culture anywhere?
  11. I'd love to get hold of some of these or Microtomus purcis over in the UK. If anyone has any spare eggs I'd be interested, I have White Spot and Red Spot Assassins laying here at present. Send me a PM.
  12. Just keep the females well fed and wait another month before checking.
  13. They seem to like to hide out during the day under cover or in small burrows. The seem to eat anything they can catch. Forget about trying to breed them.
  14. Very nice. What's the life cycle with these - 1 year or do they live longer? How are you keeping them, what sorts of foods are they getting?
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