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cat_named_noodles
04-21-2009, 01:09 AM
I was cleaning cages and feeder containers, and doing general maintenance of all my critters today, when I decided to take pics of my feeders and colonies.
First is a pic of my T. molitor pupae. The darker one at the top are no good and will not turn into beetles. On the upper right of the dish is a newly emerged beetle (its exoskeleton has yet to harden, hence the blonde color.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d167/cat_named_noodles/pic203.jpg
Here's a close-up of the new beetle.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d167/cat_named_noodles/pic213.jpg
These are my mealworm colonies. The one on the left is for beetles and pupae, the one on the right has over 700 mealworms living in it.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d167/cat_named_noodles/pic218.jpg
Here's various stages of the mealworm life cycle. On the far right is a 1/4" mealworm. Next to it is a mealworm two sheds away from pupating. In the middle is a small freshly shed mealworm, appearing white in color. On the far left is a pupa, and to its right a mealworm in the dark phase before pupating.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d167/cat_named_noodles/pic221.jpg
This is a pic of my D. hydei colony. It's has every stage of the fly's life cycle present. You can see several sizes of larvae, new and old pupae, and adults.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d167/cat_named_noodles/pic222.jpg
This is my B. lateralis roach colony. I currently have about 50-60 females and nymphs, so they aren't producing young at the moment. (Any body want to send me some males?) lol. With the egg crates on and off (before cleaning).
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d167/cat_named_noodles/pic225.jpg
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d167/cat_named_noodles/pic228.jpg
Here's all of them:
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d167/cat_named_noodles/pic238.jpg
Two different sized nymphs and a sub-adult female (the blond one has just molted):
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d167/cat_named_noodles/pic227.jpg
Full-grown female:
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d167/cat_named_noodles/pic236.jpg
About 950 1/4"-1/2" crickets:
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d167/cat_named_noodles/pic240.jpg

missinasworld
04-27-2009, 10:30 AM
darn i wish ****roches were legal in FL:( 2 of my leos came from a breeder who fed roaches and they really miss those meaty little meals..plus my crickets STINK and make to much NOISE.

missina

rhachic
04-27-2009, 11:35 AM
nice collection of food you got there! I'm doing ok with my mealworms but messed up by letting them get humid one day. A bunch died but I belive I have enough that pupated into beetles to be ok and keep them going. Are lots of female roaches a common issue? I am keeping Dubias, and so far all the adults are female! I started with 50 nymphs and about 1/2 are adult now...hope i start seeing some wings in there soon!

Jan Grathwohl
04-27-2009, 02:40 PM
Nice - but are you sure you don't have males among your lateralis? It seems to be a colony of mostly young animals - i don't see any adult females or males among them actually. My adult females are VERY dark and much larger than the ones you call females - and the males offcourse look totally different - but only after their last shed.

It is my experience that you need high temperatures if you want to have adult males (28-30 degress celcius) - at low temperatures i rarely get any males in my boxe of lateralis.

hyposhawn
04-30-2009, 07:36 PM
Amazing! :0

cat_named_noodles
05-01-2009, 02:43 PM
Thanks for all the comments.
Mealworms don't do well w/too much moisture, as you know. But they do appreciate some (I put water cystals in a shallow dish, and always see some mealies on the crystals). And it only takes a few beetles to start over, don't feed from the new colony for a while of course. I currently have about 15-20 beetles and 60 pupae (not to mention hundreds of mealies).
At the moment my hydei colony is going nuts! I probably have close to 1,000 flies in there (I need to get more colonies started!).
For the lateralis, maybe I will get males yet, who knows. The ones I call femals aren't getting much bigger, and they are pretty dark, nearly black, so I'm pretty sure they're females. But true, most do seem to be nymphs. I think I may be ordering more soon to "refresh" what's been eaten. lol.
And the crickets-who now have a screened top, are growing bigger, but are also dropping in quantity, hehe.

hyposhawn
05-02-2009, 07:52 PM
Nice job of breeding those things! :)

cat_named_noodles
05-03-2009, 01:59 PM
Thanks

hyposhawn
05-03-2009, 08:05 PM
Finally, one of my Meal worms turned into a beetle. How do you tell male and female?

cat_named_noodles
05-04-2009, 06:24 PM
The only way to sex the beetles is with a microscope-OR if you see the breeding, the one on top is the male, one on bottom female. Congrats on your first beetle! I now have about 50 beetles and 30 pupae.

hyposhawn
05-04-2009, 07:33 PM
Cool. Is their is a specific care.

cat_named_noodles
05-05-2009, 11:52 PM
Set up is pretty much the same for beetles: 1.5"-2" wheat bran substrate, shallow container (i.e. Gatorade cap) with water crystals, slices of sweet potato (or other veggie/fruit:carrots, potato, apples, broccoli, etc.-replaced often). The major difference is you must provide some sort of protein as your colony is establishing, to prevent cannibalism. I make my own "Feeder Chow" as I call it, but you can use any commercial cricket or roach feed, or dry dog or cat food. My feeder chow is a mix of dog food, cat food, alfalfa, nutritional yeast, bee pollen, and calcium and vitamin powders. All my crickets, roaches, and meal worms love it.
Also, every 2-3 weeks you want to remove the beetles from the bran (which will be full of eggs) and set them up in a new container. In a few weeks you will be able to see tiny mealworms crawling through the bran when disturbed. At that point, start adding water crystals and veggies.

cat_named_noodles
05-05-2009, 11:53 PM
Got a male roach over the weekend!!! Here he is and a nymph (male is chowing down on my feeder chow):

hyposhawn
05-07-2009, 12:42 PM
cool, i have 7 mealworm beatles!