genus:   NEPTUNIDES J. Thomson 1879
species:  polychrous J. Thomson 1879
origin:  Tanzania

species:  stanleyi Janson 1889
origin:  Uganda, Budongo forrest lgt. Petr Malec 11/2006

wild imago size:  30-35mm
sexual dimorphism: males with trident shape horns
note: Beautiful beetles, occuring all over the tropical east Africa varying in many abberations and geographically devided subspecies. Breeding seems to be quite difficult, the main problem is oviposition. I`ve observed adults in wild habitat sitting on stalks feeding on the sap of  Vernonia flowers.


Neptunides polychrous (same population)

        Neptunides stanleyi (red ignita form)

1st page   
List of species
Breeding manual
list of species | availability | breeding manual | expeditions | links | contact