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Mealworms!!!

Post by formica123 on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:14 pm

Well, after buying a box for my ants, I've decided to keep some as a breeding scheme...
I have them in the original box however they looked starved (hardly moving, thin ect...) so I have them some dry dog food and strawberry clippings.
There are now some pupae! If anybody has any tips for me please say Smile afro

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Post by Guest on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:15 pm

You'd do better giving them carrots to eat and oatbran to live in. Smile

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Post by dermy on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:17 pm

Yes carrots, that is why they are slow. Because most petstores seem to think they don't need moisture when they really do. In a few days after adding carrots they will bounce back!

Also oats are a must for mealworms, I've never kept them on anything else [maybe nothing at all. But that was an experiment that I conducted]
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Post by Guest on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:21 pm

This is what I keep my mealworms in, Formica Bin Lid Smile


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Post by dermy on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:23 pm

I've heard of using just about anything "Oat" in nature, Oat Bran, Oat Meal, Oat Cereal [baby stuff] and I've even had success without using any substrate, but That wasn't as successful as it could have been.
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Post by formica123 on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:35 pm

Ok, thanks for the tip guys!
How should I provide water? Soaked cotton wool?

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Post by dermy on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:37 pm

The carrot/veggies have all the water they need.
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Post by dermy on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:37 pm

I also find adding the Carrot ontop of cardboard or something will prevent the oats from molding.

Plus you can lift it up and grab whatever you need come feeding day!
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Post by formica123 on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:39 pm

Ok will do all this in the morning Smile
Carrot eh, I'll buy some from the supermarket soon as we're all out from the rabbits >.<
Are these beetles like dermys, say I put them in the outworld of an ant colony, would they eat the dead bodies?

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Post by dermy on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:41 pm

No they probably won't I've never had the beetles eat much of anything besides the carrot and oats. The ants would also freak out and attack the beetle, even if they can't kill it they attack it.

I also wouldn't put in Dermestids into an ant-outworld for the same reason.
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Post by formica123 on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:42 pm

Oh ok. Bad idea then Very Happy

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Post by dermy on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:42 pm

Yeah ants usually attack anything that they see as an intruder, if it smells different and moves, it must be bad!
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Post by Guest on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:44 pm

I noticed that my bettles eat each other but I don't think they'd eat other creatures like dermestids do.

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Post by dermy on Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:45 pm

I have seen someone using Mealworms to clean skulls like Dermestids but it doesn't work as well, since they are bigger and will actually start to eat at the bones. Especailly the ones inside the Nasal Passage.

There isn't anything out there that is as fun and cool as Dermestids for that stuff. Maggots maybe but who wants that mess and stench barf
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Post by formica123 on Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:25 pm

Theyve been kept outside lol and are basically hibernating which is great as i have a longer supply because they arent getting bigger and changing into beetles!

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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:31 pm

I should update my Mealworm Journal and such here soon too!

Do you ever plan on breeding any?
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Post by formica123 on Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:32 pm

I was hoping too, but not anymore, i havent got the equipment needed

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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:42 pm

Oh okay. I've been breeding mine a very different way from the traditional method, I really need to make a Tutorial on it. It's very easy!
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Post by dermy on Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:51 pm

Does that mean this Journal is closed?
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Post by formica123 on Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:37 pm

Nope, still got a few going. I'm getting some more to keep indoors soon, the proper way.

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Post by dermy on Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:49 pm

Ah okay, then I won't delete the Journal board then.
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Post by formica123 on Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:54 pm

I'll be making some new journals on exotic species I'll be getting soon!
Just need to finish up with a load of schoolwork. Should hopefully include:
Pheidologeton Diversus
Harpegnathos venator
Camponotus singularis
Acromyrmex versicolor

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Post by dermy on Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:36 pm

Cool Acromyrmex are pretty cool ant species Very Happy
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Post by formica123 on Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:42 pm

Yeah, I've kept Acromyrmex Octospinosus brefore but never versicolor. Apparently they're quite rare!

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Post by Xeno on Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:37 pm

Yeah they are very rare formica

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