Thursday, June 3, 2021

Ignelater Larvae!!!

Last week, Alan Jeon became the first person that I know of to breed Ignelater havaniensis in captivity (congrats Alan!!!), and yesterday I became the second! 😄 Found a larva in my enclosure last night, and according to Alan, these are just about as prolific as Pyrophorus, because he already has a ton of larvae!

Here are some pics of a glowing adult and my breeding setup, just a half a gallon or so dollar tree container that's moderately ventilated, flake soil and crushed oak wood for the substrate, and bark pieces/chips as well as cardboard roll halves on top, for adults to cling to and right themselves on should they fall over.

Adult male glowing

The breeding setup

And here is the little larva!!! 😁 Funnily enough, it's basically as big as a Pyrophorus larva, 1 mm or so in length, even though Pyrophorus get about twice as large!

Sadly these two pics are the best I could get, I'll be sure to get some better photos when the larvae get bigger though. In any case, I'm so glad these bred for me, and we have yet another Pyrophorini established in culture! 😃

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

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