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Female darkling and male darkling (mealworms)

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Female darkling and male darkling (mealworms)

Post by SpiderSam on Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:52 pm

so is their a easy way to tell if u got a female or a male that's not using dissection and a microscope I got tons of beetles some smaller (assumed female) and bigger ones(assumed male) but im not finding any eggs and im starting to wonder if they are all females and males ...... at first I thought the red ones where female and the black ones were males till I realised that they start off white to red to black so that cancelled out male and female xD bounce
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Re: Female darkling and male darkling (mealworms)

Post by dermy on Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:03 pm

I've always assumed the Smaller ones are Males and the Bigger ones are Females. There is one sure fire way to tell, wait till they start to mate, the males will be ontop of the females Embarassed haha
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Re: Female darkling and male darkling (mealworms)

Post by dermy on Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:04 pm

Also you won't be able to see larvae for at least 2-3 weeks because they are so tiny. I'm starting to notice mine growing faster now.
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Re: Female darkling and male darkling (mealworms)

Post by SpiderSam on Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:31 pm

im waititng for my last pupa to change then I will be transferring them to the old container ive been changing the container every 2 weeks should I wait longer? maybe that's why I haven't saw any changes
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Post by dermy on Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:34 pm

I've been using a Flow-Through and so I don't do changes [basically frass and eggs fall to the bottom and collected and moved to another container then In 2-3weeks I find little babies]

I'd wait for 3 weeks just to be safe.
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Re: Female darkling and male darkling (mealworms)

Post by SpiderSam on Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:42 pm

Sounds good I still need more supplies I don't have a strainer small enough to separate eggs and frass so for now I just remove the beetles and clean the container when needed
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Re: Female darkling and male darkling (mealworms)

Post by dermy on Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:43 pm

I've never cleaned out my container yet haha.
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Re: Female darkling and male darkling (mealworms)

Post by SpiderSam on Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:47 pm

nice im just worried about mold but oatmeal is pretty good at not holding mold cuz I haven't seen any yet
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Re: Female darkling and male darkling (mealworms)

Post by dermy on Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:53 pm

I don't even use substrate Laughing I just let the frass fall to the bottom, throw It into a container and bam your done!

[I will make a topic sometime about how my system works]
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Re: Female darkling and male darkling (mealworms)

Post by SpiderSam on Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:08 pm

I thought they ate the substrate xD I use potatoes as a water source
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Re: Female darkling and male darkling (mealworms)

Post by dermy on Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:11 pm

They do [the mealworms do] but the adults don't seem to mind, I've been adding oats to the mealworms now.
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