Look: metallic blue 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: Zagros mountains, Iran – imported 2018
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 10 degrees celsius when the larvae have grown into large L3’s of about 7 grams. after diapause, larvae will build their cocoon in spring and emerge in early summer.
communal or individual rearing: communal with protein supplements as of L2/L3
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