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 Post subject: Re: Meal Worms
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:56 am 
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Has anyone seen mealworms that roll around constantly, like twitching, then form a letter C shape (all sizes) and I think eventually die?
Have seen the odd one here and there, but never a whole tray like I had recently. TIA Jacqui


What were you feeding them? You didnt happen to feed them a treated grain did you?

I had something like that happen to mine......then found out the daughter had hit the room they were kept in with fly spray!!

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I put them aside to see what would happen and they actually reverted to "normal"
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Oh that's good news. :-)


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Just putting up some photos on behalf of Twitch71, showing his excellent mealworm setup :)

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Eating-sized mealworms in large container, with bran for food and as a place to live:

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Sieving out mealworms:

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Apples supplied, cut side down, for moisture and extra food:

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Container with lid on, showing air holes for ventilation:

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Good enough to eat! :)

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Wow !

I've never thought about using them before, got me thinking now.

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can anyone tell me how long the mealworm cycle takes -how long do the stay to form then change in pupae
and how long do they change into bettles
then how long to form eggs.
does it take 3 - 6 months for mealworms to cycle??

can i use chop carrots in the mealworm??


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how large does mealworms grow??


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The mealworm undergoes complete metamorphosis. The female darkling beetle lays hundreds of tiny, white, oval eggs, which hatch into tiny mealworms (the larval stage) - it takes from 4 to 19 days to hatch. Each mealworm eats a tremendous amount and grows a lot, molting (shedding its exoskeleton) many times as it grows. It then enters the pupal stage (this stage lasts from 2-3 weeks up to 9 months, if the pupal stage over-winters). The pupa does not eat and seems inactive, but it is transforming itself into an adult. After pupating, a white adult darkwing beetle emerges from the pupa -- it soon turns brown and then almost black. The adult lives for a few months. The entire life cycle takes about a year.

Yes you can use carrot, I used to use a potato peeler and just take off shavings.

They grow to about 25mm (1")

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Cackles wrote:
Oh that's good news. :-)


I'm wondering if anyone can tell me how to pick the difference in appearance of the worms prior to molting as opposed to pupating?
Anything "turning" I was putting into a tray expecting to eventually see pupae, then beetles. Most did this but some remained as worms, shedding and growing larger.
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I've never actually seen anything that might be an intermediate stage. They seem to just turn into pupae overnight!

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hi there, can anyone tell me what is the best thing to use to clean the shredded skin, and bran from the mealworms, i brought these to do the job, but i found the holes are to small that it does not siff the bran away.


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Can you find a sieve at your local '$2 shop' with holes that will be big enough to separate them Twitch? Thats the only thing that I can think of.

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Thanx for an excellent thread - about the same time i joined the forum i had been looking into mealworms.

im hoping my son will be the main mealworm farmer with me and his sister to help.

I was having troubles finding mealworms in adelaide.
(Except we had a voucher so we actually scored them for $7)
i got a 100g tub for $12 from petstock at parafield today.

We're starting up the mealworm farm when the kids get back from their dads after the weekend.

i had also discovered mealworms at the fodderstore at lonsdale and canbe sourced from a pet store located in the centralmarket.

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thank you, i try to find one,and try it


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bellenkids wrote:
Thanx for an excellent thread - about the same time i joined the forum i had been looking into mealworms.

im hoping my son will be the main mealworm farmer with me and his sister to help.

I was having troubles finding mealworms in adelaide.
(Except we had a voucher so we actually scored them for $7)
i got a 100g tub for $12 from petstock at parafield today.

We're starting up the mealworm farm when the kids get back from their dads after the weekend.

i had also discovered mealworms at the fodderstore at lonsdale and canbe sourced from a pet store located in the centralmarket.


let meknow how you are going with them, i found i got all ants in my container and i hadto throw the lot to the girls, and the had all the christmas all at once when i didthat, so i now trying again. to breed the mealworms.


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Twitch, see if you can find a large plastic sieve. A large supermarket might have one. They tend to have bigger holes than the metal mesh ones.

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