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gordrene
Nov 8

Running Before I Could Walk And Pupae Problems

4 comments

Hello everybody, I`m an Englishman living in Northern France and because of my ( 35th year as a Diabetic ) Diabetic associated illnesses including recently losing the sight in one eye, life over the last 10 years has become very difficult but I`m still determined at the age of 70 to try and earn a living.

So last March I purchased 1000 Mealworms from a company in Germany, no probs there, I then went out and bought several different sized, and shaped plastic boxes, Porridge Oats Carrots etc.

My only heat source was the heat lamp that I used for my newly hatched chicks, which was fine at the beginning, but over time I noticed that it seemed to be killing the worms, anyway to cut a long story short I end up with about 20 beetles.

 

I was over the moon, by now I was also looking on You Tube and bought a small stacking system, cut oblongs out of the bottom on a couple and covered them in mesh, its been working very well, I then purchased from Space Coast Mealworms the 5 green sifting pans and the pupae sifter, Brilliant.

 

But now I have a new Problem, a lot of the Pupae do not become Beetles, they seem to dry out and turn grey and are very brittle, I now have a thermostatic heater kept at a temp of between 85 & 90 and a good humidity, so if any body out there could throw a solution to me,

my Pupae and I will be eternally Grateful.

 

Kind Regards.

Gordrene.

greavesfamily3
Nov 8

Hi Gordrene, I have the same issue but with a small minority. Everything else seems fine being in the same tub, but I get the occasional one here and there. I don't know the answer to this problem, with the exception of possibly mites sucking the life out of the pupa? Have you noticed any mite activity? They are microscopic and can just be seen with a magnifying glass as tiny white critters moving around

gordrene
Nov 8

Good Morning greavesfamily3

 

Thank You for your prompt reply, it never crossed my mind that Mites might be the problem.

If it is, do you have the solution on how to get rid of them?

 

Kind Regards

Gordrene.

Teresa Purnell
Nov 8

Hi I'm from New South Wales Australia and a volunteer wildlife rescuer and rehabilitation. Our not for profit group purchases kgs of mealworms and crickets for birds and its expensive so to help out I began breeding my own with great success. However, I have a moth problem that has invaded all my trays and the thick sticky webs and grubs are making life a nightmare. I have moth traps but they just keep filling up. I don't want to spray in case I kill my mealworms. Any solutions other than covering the whole set up with mesh curtains?

gordrene
Nov 8

Allo Teresa

I wish I could be of some help, but being in Northern France, the only Moths I see are the ones that fly out of my Wife`s purse when I ask for beer money.

 

Kind Regards.

Gordrene.

P.S. Have a lovely Week End.

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