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.
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