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
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