Jump to content

Coelus ciliatus


Hisserdude
 Share

Recommended Posts

Another uncommonly kept darkling beetle, these guys are sand dune specialists, and require a sandy substrate. I am keeping them in a medium sized container filled with sand and a tiny bit of coconut fiber. There is a layer of dead leaves on top of the substrate, which serves as a food source. They are also being fed dog food and carrots. Hopefully these guys breed for me, I don't know if anyone has successfully managed to get this species to reproduce in captivity.

 

Here are some pictures!

 

Coelus%25231.JPG

 

Coelus%25234.JPG

 

Coelus%25235.JPG

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 weeks later...
  • 5 months later...

YES!! Several weeks after separating a couple large larva into sand filled deli cups for pupation, I found these beauties in the deli cups! :D

 

Coelus%25232.JPG

 

Coelus%25233.JPG

 

Coelus%25234.JPG

 

These may be the first captive reared Coelus ciliatus ever reported! I'm very happy I was able to rear some to adulthood, but a little disappointed I didn't photograph them as pupa. They did not build cells at the bottom of the cups like most darkling larvae do, so I did not even know that they pupated until I found the adults today. I'll have to dig up some of the other larvae I've isolated to find a pupa.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

Wow, awesome pics! Great job with these guys!

 

Thanks! :) I'd love to get some of the other Coelus species one day, these guys have pretty limited ranges and live in fragile dune habitats, some are even threatened, would be nice to establish them in culture before we drive them to extinction.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 months later...

If they become endangered you could also be the one to write the protocols on how to keep them going, kind of like what's happening with the American burying beetle :)

 

Yeah, and I'm sure that it unfortunately will come to that, or something like that, as many of the Coelus have pretty limited ranges, hopefully we can get more of these into culture. :)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...