How long are mealworms at beetle stage?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by viktoriacl, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think all of my mealworms are at either the pupae stage or are beetles. I just am not sure how long they are at that stage before they lay eggs and die. I think a few are already dead. I think they were only alive for about a week. Could they be dieing from something else or is this normal?
     
  2. Gallo del Cielo

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    That is very normal. Adults live about 2-3 months (depending of food availability, temperature, etc.) then die. Their bodies are eventually eaten by the worms. Good luck.
     
  3. artsyrobin

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    How is their environment? Put some apple cores or potato in there, they also like damp paper towels in the bedding-
     
  4. viktoriacl

    viktoriacl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a carrot in their for something moist. I swith it out when it seems like its drying out. They seem happy.I wonder how many worms I will get from the first batch of beetles? I cant wait!
     
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    i started out with a cup of about a hundred mealies, and just let them go, they repopulated pretty fast- sounds like yours won't take long!
     
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