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Got a trio of larvae last month, and plan to get a couple more once my traeger pellets have finished fermenting. :) Can't wait until these beauties mature! :D


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The video came out nice, it really shows how bright they are. Not an easy thing to photograph.

Thanks! :D It definitely isn't easy to get a good photograph of the glow, at least not if you want a clear picture, which is why I've taken a couple videos of the adults glowing to show that aspect of them off a bit. :)

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Hisserdude, how do you upload pics. that large? I could only upload thumbnails...

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Hisserdude, how do you upload pics. that large? I could only upload thumbnails...

You have to upload your photos to a different website that will let you upload large pictures, and then copy the URL from there and use that to put the photos on here.

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Can you give me some examples? Thanks :-)

Flickr, Blogger, and maybe Imgur would be good sites for hosting larger images, I use Blogger myself.

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Working with these beauties again, figured I'd post some pictures here, both old and new:

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2 hours ago, davehuth said:

These are so interesting and beautiful. I’m very glad you’re working with them.

What are Some of their behaviors? Do they stay under cover most of the time? Do they climb? Are they active at any Particular time of day?

Such great beetles. 

Thanks, they're definitely one of the coolest invertebrates out there! 😄

Adults stay hidden for most of the day, but once it gets dark out they come out of hiding and start roaming the enclosure looking for food, mates, oviposition sites, and sometimes trying to fly, all while glowing too. 😁 Quite fun to watch, and their glow is so bright, bright enough to read by actually! 

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These are native to Florida (or a similar species) and I used to see them (and catch them) in Miami.  I never tired to keep them. 

There used to be so many, it would look like Christmas lights in the trees.  Over the years less and less would show up.  I wonder if they can still be found out there anymore . . .

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15 hours ago, Acro said:

These are native to Florida (or a similar species) and I used to see them (and catch them) in Miami.  I never tired to keep them. 

There used to be so many, it would look like Christmas lights in the trees.  Over the years less and less would show up.  I wonder if they can still be found out there anymore . . .

The ones in Miami are Ignelater havaniensis, very similar in shape and size as these south american cousin but no one has cultured them yet :( 

I suspect their care won't be different from Pyrophorus....

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On 2/24/2021 at 12:33 PM, Spyro said:

I saw these when I was in Costa Rica! So cool! What do the larvae eat? 

Larvae are predatory and will feed on dog food and live invertebrates. Adults feed on fruits. 

On 2/25/2021 at 5:16 PM, Acro said:

These are native to Florida (or a similar species) and I used to see them (and catch them) in Miami.  I never tired to keep them. 

There used to be so many, it would look like Christmas lights in the trees.  Over the years less and less would show up.  I wonder if they can still be found out there anymore . . .

Like @Lucanus said, those are probably Ignelater havenensis, nice find, been wanting to try my hand at culturing that species... Should be identical in care to Pyrophorus, so far the two Deilelater spp. I got from @Lucanus have been at least.

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