First attempt at mealworm farming

Perris

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How do you guys decide how many to harvest? I'm still a few months from that point, but I would hate to harvest too many and have to essentially start over.
right now I have the opposite problem! (They grow faster in the warm months.) Too many are pupating before I get to harvest them. So I'm putting some in the fridge to hold them back; it slows down their metabolism.

To answer your question, each female beetle should lay about 200 eggs, so you should be able to harvest at least 3/4 of any batch and still expect to reproduce as many or more than you started with.
 

RumneyRoost

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right now I have the opposite problem! (They grow faster in the warm months.) Too many are pupating before I get to harvest them. So I'm putting some in the fridge to hold them back; it slows down their metabolism.

To answer your question, each female beetle should lay about 200 eggs, so you should be able to harvest at least 3/4 of any batch and still expect to reproduce as many or more than you started with.
Ah ok! Thanks!
 

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