According to London Zoo, this is the first time that the rare Indian Ground Beetle ~ or, Anthia Sexguttata ~ has been successfully bred in captivity. India sent Liverpool’s World Museum Bug House eight of these beetles in the hope of them being bred. Unfortunately, since last year when they were given, 7 of the beetles died leaving a lone female, but then another younger, male beetle was discovered in the tank ~ it appeared that the female had unbeknown to anyone, laid eggs in the substrate!
The key to the success was the type of substrate used: It is made of one part cement to 10 parts sand. A combination normally adopted in the breeding of kingfishers.
This illustrates the need of using the correct substrate for your particular pet beetle, if you are wanting to breed.
The delighted Mr Finnegan, education team leader at the Bug House at World Museum, says “I’m so proud to be part of the team who have successfully bred this species of beetle in captivity…This is really important because we can publish our daily records now, meaning that other breeders now have the information to help them breed this particular species.”
You can visit the young beetle at the Bug House, World Museum in Liverpool.
~ by Stephanie Faith 2010