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Sun Beetle

Sun Beetle

Attractively patterned in gold and brown, the sun beetle hails from tropical Africa, where it is usually found amongst the leaf litter of the forest floor. One of the easiest beetle species to keep and breed, both the adults and the larvae can be fed on a wide range of fruit and fruit substitutes, and as long as there is enough substrate to burrow in they are happy.

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  • Origin: West Central Africa
  • Temperament: Good-tempered but can fly!
  • Housing: Glass or plastic terrarium
  • Diet: Fruit and beetle jellies

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Description

Attractively patterned in gold and brown, the sun beetle hails from tropical Africa, where it is usually found amongst the leaf litter of the forest floor. One of the easiest beetle species to keep and breed, both the adults and the larvae can be fed on a wide range of fruit and fruit substitutes, and as long as there is enough substrate to burrow in they are happy.

 

The adults grow to around 3cm in length, and are quite accomplished flyers; their sense of direction isn’t great, and they tend to fly into walls. They do like an enclosure with some height, and unlike many insects appear to relish being provided with UV light. A low strength compact UV bulb suspended over the enclosure will ensure that you see your beetles more often, and the additional heat will stimulate their activity as well. The beetles do spend some time buried in the substrate, so don’t worry if you look into your enclosure and there are no beetles to be seen – they are still there!

  • Scientific Name: Pachnoda marginata
  • Location: West and Central Africa
  • Habitat (wild): Forest floor
  • Captive environment: Tropical forest enclosure
  • Preferred temperature range: 25 to 28ºC during the day. Temperature can drop to 18ºc at night.
  • Ferguson Zone: Zone 1
  • UVB Lighting: Not currently thought to be essential, but will stimulate activity
  • Substrate: Coir mix, leaf litter and some rotted wood
  • Lifespan: Up to 10 months
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