Treasure 7, Thursday 14 October
Indian ground beetle
World Museum is home to the first Indian ground beetle to be breed in captivity, something never managed anywhere else in the world.
Staff at the museum bug house acquired eight Indian ground beetles (Anthia sexguttata) in February 2009 with the intention of breeding them, something never successfully achieved by anyone else. Unfortunately seven of the beetles died leaving only one female left who staff believed wouldn’t survive for very long.
However on 16 August 2010 staff were surprised to see a young adult male in the tank with the female. It seems the female beetle left had produced eggs which had been burrowed away where museum staff couldn’t see them. Visitors can see the young beetle in its tank at the Bug House at World Museum.