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Dicaelus purpuratus

Dicaelus purpuratus
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
April 29, 2016
Size: ~2 cm
This beetle looks just like another I found that was identified as a Dicaelus species, only this one has lovely purple elytra.

Moved, D.purpuratus...

I don't think D.purpuratus has ever been reported from CA, but it does seem to be what you have. Very nice find!

found in Texas, not California
So not novel, but still a pretty beetle :)
Remember, I currently live in San Antonio; maybe you saw the location of the Tylobolus millipede I posted, which was from California but those were found and shipped to me by BobBarley of AB. :)

Yeah yeah I got it mixed up...
I really need to pay attention to the locations on the pbotos here. :p Still, it is beautiful!
Sorry for the misunderstanding!

no need to apologize!
I was just surprised since we'd just been talking about beetles and cockroaches around San Antonio. ;p
I found two more of these beetles this evening -- I think I have at least one male and female now! =D

Yeah, I saw the Millipede data and thought this one
said CA too, my bad lol!
Good, keep them moist and provide snails if possible, as that would probably induce egg laying. A layer of dead leaves wouldn't hurt either.

Thank you for the advice!
I'll add leaves and gather snails tomorrow. :) Do you know whether they will eat anything else?

Dog food, fish pellets, other soft inverts, etc....
Are among the foods they will eat in captivity.
They don't actually eat the dead leaves, it just makes it feel more like their natural habitat, and could help induce oviposition.
Hope this helps!

thank you :)
I should be able to find snails if it continues raining like it has, but good to know they'll eat other things too! Some of the carabids I've found are rather picky.

Tell me about it...
Most of the Carabids I've caught here will only accept pre-killed prey. -_-

at least they're eating!
You might also try mealworm pupae; my Calosoma scrutator ate a couple (or they buried themselves). It also eats fish food pellets, but maybe not completely as I've noticed little mites about the enclosure. >_< The black carabids I found (also Calosomas I think) didn't eat the phoenix worms I offered and so far haven't touched the fish food either.
What type of carabids do you have?

Yeah mealworm and superworm pupa are a big hit...
And luckily I breed them both so I usually have some available. Hmm, try some pre killed mealworms for the black Carabids, they may eat them.

Currently, I only have 5 CB Pterostichus larva that I produced myself, in the past I have kept Harpalus, Chlaenius, Callisthenes, and a few others. Harpalus and Pterostichus are the only two I have bred, and I have yet to get either to mature.

Glad to hear that! :) I will try pre-killed, but it may be that the Carabids not eating are not comfortable in their small enclosures. :/ Specimens that are special (or at least I think so, lol) or will coexist with others of their kind get more natural enclosures. I was hoping these would tolerate a "small unfurnished apartment" for a time. Only so much I can do in a small apartment and trying to collect enough to make sale and shipment worthwhile.

As long as they have a little room to move around...
They should still eat. Unless they are just picky eaters. I kept a Pterostichus in a small deli cup with only substrate and a small flat rock for a few months, and it ate just fine.

Moved, Dicaelus sp.
Moved from ID Request.

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