Blue Pie-Dish beetle (Pterohelaeus sp.) Excellent first pets for adults and kids!

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These beetles are a member of the Darkling beetle (Tenbrionidae) family which includes recognisable beetles like the mealworm beetle (Tenebrio monitor) and the Superworm (Zophobas morio).

These beetles have a blue, waxy coating that gives them a blue look that can’t be captured in photos. This species hails from open eucalyptus forests in SA. They cannot bite and are great to handle, they may play dead however. Eggs are laid in substrate and the larvae are similar to mealworms, however harder and longer. They tunnel through soil looking for organic matter to feed on before pupating and turning into a beetle.


They feed upon:

Darkling beetle food (Releasing 10th of April 2021)

Fresh fruits and vegetables (Pumpkin, Lettuce, carrot, apple, Sweet potato, leafy greens, grape, etc)

They benefit from a chunky, organic substrate which they can also add to their diet. (Coming 10th April 2021)


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4 reviews for Blue Pie-Dish beetle (Pterohelaeus sp.) Excellent first pets for adults and kids!

  1. Chloe Johnson (verified owner)

    Super friendly and cute

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  2. Stephanie (verified owner)

    Arrived safely a few days after shipping, looks nice and healthy. Packaged really well, super cute and the waxy blue colour is really pretty.
    Thank you 😊

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  3. Adam Strickland (verified owner)

  4. Claire (verified owner)

    Arrived safe.

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