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PostNathant on 2/12/2017, 1:08 pm

@T.C. wrote:Cool video. Smile I was actually at a bait shop yesterday and decided why i was there to look for these guys.  Currently they don't have any I guess. They said they wouldn't have any until spring. Sad

I'm not surprised. They usually don't stock up on them in winter since fishing starts in the spring (Aside from ice fishing I suppose). I was lucky to find them.
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PostNathant on 2/19/2017, 8:11 am

I think I may have caught a couple beetles mating! Didn't know they mated at such a young age.
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PostNathant on 3/3/2017, 3:42 pm

So now I have at least 30 beetles, all pitch black. Unfortunately there was a sudden mold outbreak in the pupa container, killing off a few pupae. I think I'm out of pupae now. There is only one measly larva left.
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PostHisserdude on 3/4/2017, 2:02 pm

Well 30 beetles will produce a bunch of larvae, so you should have tons of them soon! Very Happy
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PostNathant on 3/4/2017, 2:13 pm

@Hisserdude wrote:Well 30 beetles will produce a bunch of larvae, so you should have tons of them soon! Very Happy

I know. I've heard they can lay about 500 eggs a beetle. I've noticed some attempted mating going on but they kind of just stop after a few seconds.
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PostNathant on 3/20/2017, 3:44 pm

Shocker! I peeked really hard into the small larva container under the beetles and there were tons of really tiny little orange larvae! Surprised to see them this early. I also have been seeing heavy mating lately.
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PostLoops117 on 3/20/2017, 4:09 pm

@Praxibetelix wrote:Those are great shots. Interesting how they pupate with that long grub tail on. These remind me of the wax worms we raised into moths. Very cool. This is what @Loops should do to show his son metamorphosis.

Haha, was skimming over this to see if they're a viable bug for me to keep and saw your comment. I think i may give these guys a try. Should i start with a couple containers from the local pet shop? I can buy a 100 for around 6 bucks.

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PostNathant on 3/20/2017, 4:32 pm

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@Praxibetelix wrote:Those are great shots. Interesting how they pupate with that long grub tail on. These remind me of the wax worms we raised into moths. Very cool. This is what @Loops should do to show his son metamorphosis.

Haha, was skimming over this to see if they're a viable bug for me to keep and saw your comment. I think i may give these guys a try. Should i start with a couple containers from the local pet shop? I can buy a 100 for around 6 bucks.

Definitely try it. They are very easy to keep, and I noticed the beetles can survive many weeks without any water sources and it does not affect them at all (and quite possibly the larvae), so they can even take reject to some extent. Easy to feed too, just throw in anything with even relative moisture. I just put in some cabbage a couple days ago. Very hardy things.
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PostLoops117 on 3/20/2017, 9:40 pm

And they just reproduce? Over and over?

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PostNathant on 3/21/2017, 5:41 am

@Loops117 wrote:And they just reproduce? Over and over?

Yup! And the population will likely get out of control if you don't feed them to stuff enough or are keeping them as pets. I already see hundreds of small larvae that are really tiny, but there might be even smaller ones in there.

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