Have a great Sunday! I rather squeeze them into my crowded garage then have stink in my room. The Kodak folks years ago spoke out against the using of film containers for holding food substances (campers were using them for salt and pepper) as there are heavy metals in the plastics that can leach out. The iy way that they will only start smelling if the are dead for a couple of days and you don’t throw them away. Annoying, especially if then then get in your pantry! They’d all turned to adults by mid Dec., and I did the first “sifting” Christmas Day. thank you so much for this article. I don’t think leaving a super worm in the cage with the gecko is the end of the world, though I had to remove all the beetles from my gargoyle cage (I was breeding super worms in the cage) when I saw a beetle chowing down on the gargoyle’s tail! Sorry, Aliza… I was asking about female superworm beetles. The females will continually lay eggs until their death. Finally after having them all this time, around mid May, they all started breading like crazy and I now have many babies from both kinds of beetles. If you have a magnifier, take a look. Any thoughts for why this is happening? Coevolution between harmful male genitalia and female resistance in seed beetles Johanna Ro ¨nn, Mari Katvala, and Goran Arnqvist* Evolutionary Biology Centre, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Animal Ecology, University of I should have known better! Can’t get much cheaper than that! Thanks Cody. will it die, or make a weird new super bug with another beetle? It works a freaking treat. How long does it take before I start seeing babies from the eggs? Would they be good for White’s tree frogs? It is clear and easy to understand. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Melissa, Sorry, I completely missed your question. Well, my manager brought back Super-worms and now I read that everything is the same BUT… I HAVE TO SEPARATE THEM!! due to their larger size, superworms are great alternatives to Once the beetles have gone from brown to black, feed them and provide moist food, then wait for them to mate We personally use tackle boxes / craft boxes, the plastic ones with all the small individual boxes in them. Hi everyone.I have been breeding mealworms , forest ground roaches and superworms for years.Then stopped and started again.Now on my 2nd round of breeding superworms , i managed to get the colony going..I have it such that there are always beetles so when the old ones die , the newer ones come and replace them.Strangely after a while , my superworm beetles just decided to stop breeding.I’m not sure if its seasonal or what , but if anything , they should breed better in the Spring than in Winter..I check just about every week or so and nothing’s happening.I dont like to disturb the beetles too much , otherwise midway through mating , they will get disturbed and stop..This is the first time it has ever happened.My mealworms are on the same mat , so I dont think it could be temperature related.I hopefully dont have all males..hopefully..Any feedback would be much appreciated.Thanks..Ajay. The Hercules beetle, Dynastes hercules (Linnaeus), is a dynastine scarab beetle in the family Scarabaeidae. this mite sound stupid but can you keep the lids on the film containers?? can you give me any suggestions. As far as a female going on one mating I don’t know. Take the super worms out of the gut load to the extent possible (this may mean giving up on some of the babies initially) and freeze the gut load –I think this will kill the moths and eggs, but you should probably do some googling to be sure. It may take awhile, but, if it’s working, eventually when you look really closely at the substrate you will see tiny things moving. I had about 15 superworms in a small tote and a few pupated with the others. I’m also wondering, since the beetle will live about 2-3 months, do you separate them from the eggs every few weeks? Thanks to all of you for the previous comments, and especially to Gecko Time for the main article! Also, your dragons will enjoy eating the beetles if you don’t want to breed them. So I should not try to breed them then. Their only purpose is to reproduce and create more superworm larva. I know you have to separate them to begin the pupa stage, but after they’ve become pupae can you put them all back together? I’ve added a misted paper towel in the past that they seem to like and gather at. I am finding the hardest thing to be is separating them individually so they can turn into pupae. Males and females are always together so I’m sure they are repeatedly mating. I’ve watched several Youtube videos about using oatmeal for bedding and food. Can’t wait to get home tonight and look for the ‘signs.’ . The female grantii beetles range from 40-53mm in length. Having more beetles will also increase their activity as will a darker area. So now I have mostly all beetles. my beatles are still very light colored and seem “sluggish” and thay seem to be hiding under the egg crate in the dark is this normal for new beatles? Choose the biggest , fattest worms you can find, approx 4-5cm long ..in inches , it will be about 2 inches long. is it when you seperate all the worms in a different containers? It is costing me $65 a month to feed my 3 roosters Superworms so I had to do something. I’m flattered. Keep them supplied water crystals and fresh vegies, and move them to a new container every 2 to 3 weeks. I have noticed though that the smaller beetles tend to have a shorter lifespan. just would like to ask, how long will it take for the eggs to hatch? I am happy to report that I have been successful in breeding Supers; thanks to this site and one other. went swimming too…. Hi, February 13, 2012 I had my super worms separated individually in really small plastic containers that I bought from the pet store so they can pupate into pupae then lastly into beetles. Yeah I notice mine were getting weak on the legs,shortly after that few died. Your best bet would be to google and see if someone has done any studies about the life cycle of the superworm. Just drill some SMALL holes in the lid, worms in, then clip it shut. After mating, the female will leave to find some deadwood where she will dig her way underground and lay up to 21 eggs. [1] It is a member of the leaf beetle family, Chrysomelidae, and not a true weevil. haha – Thanks so much Rebecca. I have not found any way to sex the beetles as they all look identical. And how long does it take to get to Superworm size? Thank you so much!! The female can lay as many as 500 eggs. Please get back to me via email on my questions and any other helpful tips, tricks, and info that will helpe get started! Just change the bedding every 2 to 4 weeks and you’ll begin seeing baby superworms. Or do you wait for all the beetles to die before you put the eggs in with all the larva? I know my audience would enjoy your work. I find that around 75 to 80° is typically around two weeks. The white cannisters are my pupation cells. The cover on it has lots of air holes. Male and female beetles, examined 11–12 days postinfection, were shown to exhibit a significant decrease in activity and photophobic behaviour. I guess I should have bought couple 100 mealworms, at least I had the right idea but had given up to soon. The small larvae can reach the potato, but it doesn’t negatively affect the main substrate (and thereby the larvae). What I don’t like about the oats is they are harder to sift the superworms from the bedding and it can sometimes mold easier if more moisture is present. Where as out in the wild 7-8 years only. no room in the fridg or freezer ,,everything is in jars and i kill the moths on a daily basis.ill try the p traps otherwise its not worth the frustration i just grow the worms for my chickens who eat them like candy…… expensive candy. Or look for small containers like small empty bottles of medicine. I have had my superworms for more than 3 years. ZOPHOBAS BEETLE (Superworm Beetles) Zophobas is often sold in pet stores in the larval stage as live food for reptiles and birds. Andrew, Try raising your humidity and that should help the deformed wing issue. I am also trying to breed superworms. This observation suggests that male beetles avoid infective feces, which decreases their probability of infection with H. diminuta. I put new beetles into a large tub together with all the ‘right stuff’, i.e. We also open the box and let it air out at least once a day. My new question is, after mating when will they lay eggs and after laying eggs when the eggs will be hatch? What prevents you from using water crystals from start to finish? Place a small flashlight so that it illuminates the area immediately above the banana. Can anyone guide me? Thank you Aliza!!! The one on the bottom is a male, and he has the equivalent of a vagina. Thank you very much for this post my friend …. A layer of newspapers can be used to cover part of the media, and also helps maintain moisture. how much movement should recently hatched beetles do,or do they lay around for awhile? You mention moisture, is that needed just in the air or it’s for the beetles and babies to snack on? and it will save a lot of money because were already breeding leopard geckos and they take 25 super worm a week and there like $5 for 50. You’ll actually start to notice them burrowing into the slices. I could never figure out why. Oh, when I first separate out the Superworms, I put each one in a dixie-cup-size paper cup. The beetles and the superworms generally prefer darker areas. See I get to miss all the action now with the egg crate in the tank. Offer potatoes, carrots, fruits or water crystals as a water source. Superworms grow slowly and it can take 5 months or longer (depending on the temperature you keep them at) to become large enough to start the “morphing” process. I keep a breeding tank and a feeding tank. I don’t know why, I’ll have to look into better ways to do that. I didn’t have to separate mine. There is no way to chemically treat or get rid of a pest bug without killing the superworms as well so it’s best to just start over. Yeah, mealworms – yellow mealworms, specifically – are “Tenebrio molitor”, while superworms/giant mealworms/etc. Beetles: 2-3 months Breeding Superworms When breeding superworms, it is very important that you separate your superworms according to their stage of life (pupae, beetles, and eggs). I’ve been following your blog for a month or so and get acquired a lot of reliable information together with liked the way you’ve organised your website. The process from pupae to beetle takes about 2 weeks. I kept them in one of those plastic aquariums, type of thing that you would put mice or hamsters in. I find though, that anything above 85°F (about 29°C) there tends to be more cannibalism. Hopefully Cody will respond to you as well. Now just looking at how to raise them up. I would also suggest bumping their temps up near 80. If so, what can I do to stop this from happening? Hasent happened to me yet so this little sob gave me the motivation to get this show on the road. can I use sand as bedding and do they eat rice. Most reptiles won’t eat the beetles. Is it normal or are they cold and need each others body heat, like my brother thinks may be whats happening with them? (I hope that made sense…) Thanks again! Gecko Time understands why people enjoy keeping geckos. I drilled 2 hols above each compartment for air and stuck the containers on a shelf in a closet on Nov 1st .. Then I move the pupae to another container, and finally the adults to their own substrate. Now with my meal worms do I have to separate them to when they turned in to beetles. (I know, sounds silly but I really do not know.) Please share what a bio active enclosure is? Happy Herding, Y’all! I agree with you on the apples. Have my supers in containers now, so we will see how it goes! I gave the beetles 3 weeks to make me some ova before putting them in the new container. Using rolled broken up oatmeal works really well you just sift the whole bin in a wire strainer and the beetle’s stay in the strainer, I’m hoping to raise Superworms for my baby chicks. Grant T. McQuate, Mary Liz Jameson, Distinguishing male and female Chinese rose beetles, Adoretus sinicus, with an overview of Adoretus species of biosecurity concern, Journal of Insect Science, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2011, 64, Soooo, I will keep plugging away. How do you know when the beetles are breeding? Super worms are a tropical species and when temperatures dip too cold they could potentially die. Does anyone else spend a lot of $$$ feeding thier lizard. For even larger larvae and the adults I give large chunks of potato or whole carrots–again, there’ll be extensive burrowing, so when it comes time to toss out the food, make sure you evict any hidden occupants, but you don’t have to put in a replacement for a week or more. I have never heard of leaves being used for either mealworms or superworms. I’m going to bread the meal worms to. You can put the lids on but you’ll have to put a hole in it otherwise they will suffocate. I just separted my first batch of beetles out of the container which “should” have the eggs in it. When I found cannibalism was when ages mixed, bugs and worms were together, too many per container, not enough food, not enough moister. Since I had so many, I figured it would be a fun science experiment for my kids to see if I could breed them. I do this for rice and flour in my pantry and live in warm/humid Florida and have no issues once I discovered this tip. … any thoughts? You see I rely on super or mealworms for Blacky’s treats during the winter. I will try to help as much as possible. If you are looking to increase your efficiency or just start a new colony of super worms please try my method you will not be sorry and the tackle box cost 5 bucks!! How many beetles required to produce approximately 50kgs of mealworms? 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