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    Question Fruit Beetle grubs: a good idea?


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    Hi there!

    I'm always looking for ways to keep my leopard gecko Cosmo interested in his food by providing variety - he's a pretty good eater but I like to give him new experiences every now and again for enrichment.
    I've been seeing fruit beetle grubs around a lot, and my question is whether or not that's a good thing for leos? Does anyone know anything about the nutritional content of these grubs - if they're more protein or fatty or calcium rich etc.? Any info about them would be helpful because I can't seem to find anything concrete online, many thanks in advance :)

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    I don't know anything about fruit beetle grubs.

    Here's a reliable listing of other bugs and worms that are suitable for leos. Some of these food items are better nutritionally than others.

    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    I wouldn't have thought that anyone had done nutritional analysis of the fruit beetle grub but I was wrong:
    The Feeders ~ BUGS - *BambooZoo

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    I wouldn't have thought that anyone had done nutritional analysis of the fruit beetle grub but I was wrong:
    The Feeders ~ BUGS - *BambooZoo

    Aliza
    I checked BambooZoo's listing a couple times, Aliza. I could not find fruit beetle grubs.


    I have not found anything detailing fruit beetle grubs' nutritional content.


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    Please see Hilde's detailed reply in post #10.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 07-01-2021 at 01:01 AM.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    These sound interesting. Do you know of anyone selling them in the USA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    I checked BambooZoo's listing a couple times, Aliza. I could not find fruit beetle grubs. When I googled them, fruit beetles are also know as Pachnoda marginata.


    I have not found anything detailing fruit beetle grubs' nutritional content.
    On the BambooZoo website, if you do a search for "fruit" you'll find it. It's under "Other" and the beetle is called "June Beetle/bug".

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    On the BambooZoo website, if you do a search for "fruit" you'll find it. It's under "Other" and the beetle is called "June Beetle/Bug".

    Aliza
    Scroll down this link to The Worms/Grubs to Other, then to "June Beetle/Bug". Fruit Beetle Grubs are mentioned in the "fine print".



    From BambooZoo's (Pat's) endeavors:
    Nutritional Value of June Beetles/Bugs
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    Protein (g) 13.4
    Fat (g) 1.4
    Carbohydrate 2.9
    Calcium (mg) 22.6
    Iron (mg) 6.0

    Info: Fruit Beetle Grubs are the larvae of the Fruit Beetle, also known as Japanese Beetles and June Bugs. Since they aren't common in the pet trade, the easiest way to get some of these is from places selling live bait for fishing.

    Size Range: 1/2" - 2"
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Scroll down this link to The Worms/Grubs to Other, then to "June Beetle/Bug". Fruit Beetle Grubs are mentioned in the "fine print".


    That picture is not Pachnoda marginata, it's what we usually call June beetle, June bug, or sometimes, fruit beetle. Using common names can be confusing, which is why the binomial name is the best way to go.

    Pachnoda marginata are completely different. They are sometimes kept as pets, and grubs are used for feeders, in Europe.
    https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Pachnoda_marginata
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
    That picture is not Pachnoda marginata, it's what we usually call June beetle, June bug, or sometimes, fruit beetle. Using common names can be confusing, which is why the binomial name is the best way to go.

    Pachnoda marginata are completely different. They are sometimes kept as pets, and grubs are used for feeders, in Europe.
    https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Pachnoda_marginata
    I'm searching for the binomial name for June beetles.

    What is the correct binomial name? Cotinis nitida look green! Do you know whether there are more than one subspecies?
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    I'm searching for the binomial name for June beetles.

    What is the correct binomial name? Cotinis nitida look green! Do you know whether there are more than one subspecies?
    According to Wiki, June beetle is the common name for several scarab beetles that appear around June in temperate parts of North America:
    In subfamily Cetoniinae:
    Cotinis nitida (Green June beetle) of the southeastern United States
    Cotinis mutabilis (Figeater beetle) of the western and southwestern United States
    In subfamily Melolonthinae:

    Amphimallon solstitiale (European June beetle, summer chafer) of Europe (and other species of Amphimallon )
    Melolontha (****chafers or May bugs) of Europe
    Phyllophaga (May beetles) of the Americas
    Polyphylla decemlineata (Ten-lined June beetle) of the western United States.
    Rhizotrogus marginipes (and other species of Rhizotrogus )

    June bug may refer to:
    Phyllophaga, a genus of beetles in the subfamily Melolonthinae of the family Scarabaeidae, also known as June bugs or June beetles
    Green June beetle (Cotinis nitida), of the southeastern United States
    Ten-lined June beetle (Polyphylla decemlineata), of the western United States and Canada
    Figeater beetle (Cotinis mutabilis), of the western and southwestern United States
    European chafer (Rhizotrogus majalis/Amphimallon majalis), a beetle native to continental Europe, but now also in North America
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