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Protaetia mirifica L3


Larvae of Protaetia mirifica

Please read full description for info and rearing recommendations


Look: metallic purple body

Male and female look identical, yet females can be distinguished by a triangular shape on their butt

size: 25 to 30 mm

Natural habitat: France, Greece,… These particular specimens are from Greece

These larvae were captive bred in Belgium

Food imago: ripe fruits, beetle jelly, bee pollen as an important source of extra protein for Protaetia

temp/hygro: 20°C-30°C/70%-90%

Food larva: oak or beech peat / compost soil with white rotten wood from oak or beech / flake soil

A 3 month diapause during winter for the larvae is necessary in the pursue of offspring. Larvae can be diapaused in a temperature range of 6 to 12 degrees celsius when the larvae have grown into large L3’s of about 4-6 grams. after diapause, larvae will build their cocoon in spring and emerge in early summer.

pupal cell: no issues. usually cocoons are built on the side of the box with large peephole to view development

adults have a long life expectancy of almost 1 year and females will only lay eggs during or after their second winter.

communal or individual rearing: communal with protein supplements as of L2/L3


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