- Feb 3, 2007
In the spring/ summer I had 5 bins on the go to supply all my ducklings etc. I have scaled down for the winter but will ramp up production again about Dec/Jan. to avoid the lag between the small worm -large worm size.
When I had a lot of bins on the go, I would remove any beetles that I found and place them in a separate container to lay their eggs. Didn't want them to be eating any of their offspring (only read about that, didn't actually see it happen). I spent many a lovely summer evening out on the deck with a glass of wine, sorting my mealworms. I really know how to have a good time. But now that I don't require as many worms, I remove some of the beetles and let some stay. Not as vigilant.
I have also started a bin of the giant mealworms only because we spend a fortune on them at the wildlife centre. Now that I am raising them, I can see why. They are very hard to advance to the pupa stage. I have to put one worm in a old pill container with just a tiny bit of starter. I cover them over with a piece of newspaper and after what seems to be an eternity, they will change into a pupa and then after another eternity, a beetle. No worms yet but I just started this about 2 months ago. Here they are in their individual compartments.
I have included a picture of a GIANT mealworm pupa. The regular sized mealworm pupa looks the same. Don't be fooled into thinking they are dead because they don't move around. You just have to nudge them and they twitch. Ewww.