Long time no see, I've been busy! Glad to be back sharing about my favorite things in the world.... INSECTS!!! Enough chit chat let's get on to my new beetles!
Last week I received a pair of P. diabolicus from Peter of BugsInCyberspace.com. I've been wanting to get some ironclads that were easy for me to aquire food for, so these fit the bill since they eat rotten hardwood( instead of lichen like most ironclad beetles eat), which is easy for me to obtain, plus they look absolutely amazing with their cryptic, very rock-like appearance! I actually think these are probably the second best-looking ironclad beetles, only topped in appearance by the beautiful Zopherus nodulosus. I got some substrate advice from Hisserdude of the insect forums, and he recommended that I go with full on rotten wood for the substrate(since they eat rotten wood and lay their eggs in it) and inoculate it with shelf fungi like oyster mushrooms(since they have also been found eating shelf fungi in the wild.) With the addition of these guys, I ended up having to let go of my woodlouse hunter spider, so that I could use my female P.divisa's container for the ironclads, and rehouse the female P.divisa to my woodlouse hunter's old container. So I have the ironclads in my female P.divisa's old container, which is a plastic Sterilite container with a locking lid that has a couple ventilation holes. I also have some metal mesh hot glued over the ventilation holes, there is a piece of bark in the container for them to hide under, and a little bit of lichen for them to possibly eat.
Here's a couple pictures of this amazing species of ironclad beetle!
Until next time, goodbye!