Monday, December 14, 2015

My New Tenebrio cf. obscurus, Plus Some Awesome News!

Last post I talked about the new beetles I got while cleaning up old corn from a barn, here are the Tenebrio cf. obscurus.

I am excited about these, males have enlarged front legs which is an unusual feature, and the larva are much more dark colored than the yellow mealworms, Tenebrio molitor.

I have them in a small cream cheese container for right now, I will give them a bigger enclosure soon. The substrate is dry coconut fiber and I will be feeding them the usual darkling beetle diet of dog food, fruits and veggies.

Here are some pictures of the cuties!

Hopefully I can rear this species and breed the adults, they do not seem to be too common in the hobby.

Now on an unrelated note, a few months ago I submitted an article to Invertebrates Magazine on my experiences keeping the Pennsylvania dingy beetle, Harpalus pensylvanicus. It was accepted, and was just released in this month's issue!! (I.M, Vol 15, Issue 1). If you love bugs and love reading about them, I definitely recommend  Invertebrates Magazine, it is the only Magazine out there about culturing invertebrates, and is very interesting!

Anyways, hope you guys enjoyed this post, and I will see you next time! :)


  1. Congrats on getting published in IM! It's a great magazine to take part in. Can't wait to read your article!

  2. Do you have any tenebrio obscurus fr
    For sale? I am looking to buy. You can reach me at wormman2 on Twitter or Thanks

    1. Hello,
      Sorry, I don't have any available right now, will et you know when I do though! :)