Christmas has come early for me.
I was thinking I had failed with breeding Mr + Mrs Bella, that although I had tried to give them the correct conditions – humidity-wise, substrate-wise, diet-wise, temperature-wise – I had got it somehow wrong…
I thought it was such a pity that I hadn’t been successful breeding them. The Aphelorrhina Stephanorrhina (not Bella!; which is a close relation and very easy to confuse with) are such a pretty beetle, and now that Mr Bella had passed on, there was no chance of any babies.
But, today, whilst setting up the big vivarium (a good pre-loved bargain from ebay) for the emerging Chelorrhina Polyphemus I found otherwise: I was shovelling in some of the old substrate that I had left in Mr + Mrs Bella’s previous abode, and to my surprise I noticed a wriggling fat grub. Huh?! How did that get there?
Then it dawned on me – this grub had to be an offspring from the Bellas! I was amazed that it appeared to be healthy considering it hadn’t been fed or cared for all this time. And, then I realised: there must be more of them!
So, with great excitement I sifted through the old substrate with bare hands (fearing that the shovel might cut any living grubs in half) – and came across 9 more… TEN beetle children from Mr + Mrs Bella! 😀
Now they are all in a small ice cream tub (without the ice cream 😉 ) but with their old substrate and a couple of pieces of banana for a celebratory dinner.
What lovely little Christmas surprises 🙂