bug (Platymeris biguttatus)
||Tanzania and Kenya
These are predatory beetles. They are true bugs.
They will sit on floor of the rainforest and wait
for something to croll by, then they grab it with
their front legs and insert mosquito-like mouth
into their pray. Assassin beetles have a little
bet of venom which they use to paralyze and kill
their pray. They will drink the pray inside out
dry, leaving only the exoskeleton. As adults, although
they have wings they seem to only use them to control
If males are not present in the culture, they will
reproduce by parthenogenesis. Recommended terrarium
size is 30 x 20 x 20 cm. Provide lots of hiding
spots. Like rocks, leafs, cork bark, etc. The more
hiding places there will be, the less are the chances
of them cannibalizing on each other. Usually Assassin
beetles will only cannibalize if there is not enaph
food or water. They should be kept at 24- 30°C
and 60-80% humidity. The substrate should be 5cm
deep, consisting of a mixture of soil and sand.
Eggs take 1- 2 moths to hatch. They should never
be handles with bare hands.
They mate for only a few seconds at a time, and
most of the time in hidden places. Thus it is almost
impossible to witness them mating.
Females: get up to 4cm long.
Males: get up to 4cm long. Only the male
has a kogelronde bulge to its last abdomen shield.
Feed them a good variety of foods like: Crickets,
Cockroaches, Flour Maggots, WaxWorms, etc.
L1 nymph eating a caterpillar.
L1 nymph just finishing eating a caterpillar.
Medium size nymphs, just finishing moulting.
Medium size nymph, a few hours after moulting.
Adult white spoted assassin bug.