Spontaneous mega-sized mealie

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by feathersnuggles, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    Tonight I was replacing carrot and apple slices on my mealworm farm and what should appear but a HUGE mealworm...way bigger than anything I've ever seen in my farm. It's about twice the length and width of the regulars. I've been raising mealworms for a while - this is about the 5th generation, since I started. All my mealworms have been regular size.

    Question. Has anyone else found a mutant huge mealworm in their breeding program? I can't be the first.
     
  2. BellevueOmlet

    BellevueOmlet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't but you should breed it to make a mutantly large species [​IMG]
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Kill it before it spreads!! That's how it starts and then they rise up and take over the world. I think they try feeding people to chickens. I know I won't sleep well ..tonight. Thank goodness you didn't include a photo.
     
  4. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:you SO want a photo!!
     
  5. TriciaHowe

    TriciaHowe Mother Hen

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    Quote:you SO want a photo!!

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  6. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Quick, kill it with fire before it spreads!!! No, not really. [​IMG] I've never encountered such a thing. The odd thing is that this is your 5th generation, so it's not likely something else that got put into your initial batch of worms. I wonder if it's a developmental problem with that individual worm where juvenile hormone production didn't turn off as it normally would. We definitely want pics! [​IMG]
     
  7. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Want Photo of mutant mealie!
     
  8. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    OK, OK. [​IMG]

    I've found my camera. You guys are just so lucky it's a holiday weekend so I've got nothing better to do than find & dig out mega-mealie and some of his/her friends and take them where they like best -- in full sunshine - for a photo shoot. [​IMG]

    Found another mega, that was slightly smaller. You can see the two tiny ones are more like my full regular size mealies, just before they pupate. "King mega-biggie" is nearest the adult.

    But I CAN'T believe I'm the only one. boo hoo, that stinks. I wanna know why this happens... and experience group support and so on. Now I might never know. [​IMG]

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  9. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2009
    Seattle
    Quote:LOL! Now with traumatic photos. [​IMG]
     
  10. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Id seperate that mealie and pick some of your other largest ones to try breeding natually larger mealies.
     

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