Wooly Darkling Beetle

Eleodes osculans

Starter colony (12 mixed larvae): $60 ( Contact for availability )
Adults: $15/each ( Contact for availability )

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: 23 mm.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Dry.
  • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: None.

The first thing on anyone’s mind when meeting an Eleodes osculans is “why is it so hairy?” This is the only known Eleodes to sport brown hairs (all others have black or gray fuzz) making them even odder looking. This is a cute and active species that does well in communal darkling enclosures. They are easy to propagate as long as there is an underlying  layer of compactable substrate, ideally with a touch of clay though primarily weathered sand will work too. Darkling beetle connoisseur TJ Ombrelle suggests this species will only oviposit in sandy material, and this has been congruent with findings at Roach Crossing.