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Dicaelus purpuratus


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Not really happy with that photo at all, more will be posted later... The rearing of the larvae of these appears to be as simple as snails(as in feeding them snails) but I have no info on sexing, breeding, or anything else, just that the larvae were being reared as early as the year 1900 in literature. Very cool species. :D

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A bit better photo, imo:




Great species! Any idea why they were being reared way back then?

I am fairly sure it was simply to determine the identity of the larva. Here is the link, I suggest clicking the "page images" link if you are having trouble deciphering a word.

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