Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Last US Pyrophorus!!!

So, back when I left the hobby in 2018 and got rid of all my invertebrates, I obviously got rid of my Pyrophorus noctilucus too. I had sold a few groups of larvae already but also split my remaining population in two and sold them to a couple other breeders as well.
Unfortunately the majority of people I sold them to ended up losing their colonies, mostly due to letting them dry out accidentally it seems, though one person basically had theirs stolen from them, (but that's a story for another time).

Only one breeder, Eric C. Maxwell, seems to have had any success in keeping them alive, and he's sent me his few remaining larvae to try and establish a larger population again, in the hope of keeping this species established in the US hobby. With any luck, I'll get some pairs from this group of larvae and get them breeding like I did a couple years ago. 😁

I received 7 larvae, most of which are half grown, should hopefully only take 8-12 months to rear them up. He also sent me some flake soil, which is much appreciated and should hopefully work as a great substrate for the larvae.

Here are some pictures of one of the larvae:

They look nice and healthy, so fingers crossed I can rear up some large adults again and breed the big beauties, and then send some back to Eric as well as disperse them in the hobby once more. 😄

Well, that's gonna do it for this post, I hope everyone enjoyed, thanks for reading, stay healthy, stay distanced, and I'll see you all next time! 😉

Post Script: 5/8/20

Actually turns out there is another person keeping this species in the US, (they didn't get theirs from my old colony, but rather Gil's master culture), so hey there are at least two populations of this species in the US still! 😄 That's a relief, hopefully we'll both succeed in rearing our larvae up and getting them breeding!

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