Folwer Beetle (Smaragdesthes
africana africana) Family-? , Tribe- ?
They originate from Tanzania. My 7 cocoons that
i recorded took 69 days to hatch. They became cocoons
on Jan 16/06 and hatched on March 26/06. The room
temperature was ranging from 20*C at day time to
15- 17*C at night time. Adults live for several
months, some times even up to 1 year. They have
a short life cycle of about 4 months. The larvae
are non canibalistic, and woun't eat each other
even if there is no more food for them left :)!
sex difference: males with abdominal channel on
Females: get 18- 22mm.
Males: get 18- 22 mm.
Diet: Larva; Oak,
Chestnut and Birch. Beetles; Apples, Bananas,
etc. especially soft sugary foods.
Cocooned beetle. It is best to carefully remove
a portion of their cocoon or even place them in
special cocoon slots to hatch in. If let to open
the cocoon to them self, and if in that case the
cocoon shell will be dry and hard, the beetle will
come out with deformed wings.
Beetle almost ready to come out of cocoon, still
has the rainbow coloration but will loose it ones
exposed to the light.
They are most usually green, but with the right
angle of light, they become a bet reddish.
After purposely braking a bet of their cocoons,
it insures the beetle will emerge with no scratched
on its wings, and in the case the cocoons are too
dry it insures that they do not get trapped with