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Meet Dickster, the Dicronorhina derbyana layardi beetle. Like Lady Nora, he is also without a mate, as the female died of old age before Christmas.

Beetle Dickster

Beetle Dickster

 As I write this blog, Dickster is sunning himself, perched high on the curly twigs, under the glaring gaze of the sun…  (The sun is a 100 watt reptile heat lamp, pointed through the glass wall of the Bella abode).

The Dicronorhina derbyana layardi is dark coloured (Dickster is a dark red) with distinctive cream stripes running along the length of their bodies.  The males have little square horns.  They are a large beetle, measuring about an inch, and have long legs – which is just as well as they love climbing.


Copyright Stephanie Faith 2011