Monday, May 01, 2006
Egyptian Beetle, Blaps polychresta
Here's an animal that I'm rather fond of. I've been keeping it for just over two years now, after it was given to me by a friend (they're long-lived - my friend has had them last about 4 years after collecting them as adults).
This exotic species occurs in southern Australia, where it occurs in semi-arid areas and is a trivial stored grain pest.
The old girl hasn't had companions for a while, but today I obtained a couple more individuals, hopefully I'll have success with raising offspring and expanding my colony. Oh, and by the way, these beetles are in the Tenebrionidae - the same family as the humble mealworm beetle.