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PostChicken_zapper100 on 11/1/2017, 5:39 pm

I've always been fascinating with breeding insects (yes I know, I'm wierd) and I already knew that it's impossible as of right now to breed and raise blue death feigning beetles adulthood.  I was wondering why it's so hard.
And can someone give tips on getting the beetles to actually breed.  Has anybody tried to raise and breed beetles successfully?  The only thing I know is that a guy got a bunch of beetles and put them in a ten gallon tank with sand on one half and coco fiber on the other.  In short he failed.


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PostT.C. on 11/1/2017, 7:48 pm

I've raised beetles? Not sure what you mean? What species specifically do you want to breed?
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PostChicken_zapper100 on 11/1/2017, 8:08 pm

probably should've been way more specific. now to edit.
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PostT.C. on 11/2/2017, 12:31 am

Well, I wouldn't say Asbolus verrucosus are hard to breed. In a terrarium that has a correct natural environment, they will breed and deposit eggs in the soil. You will then get lots of larva. However the reason most find it difficult to get them to the adult stage is because when they go into the pupation stage, the conditions need to be just right. Temperature, humidity, etc. Overall, it's due to the fact we struggle to provide them a habitat that is like the out doors.
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PostChicken_zapper100 on 11/2/2017, 8:00 am

Now I feel compelled to make my own breeding journal, fail, and then sulk in a corner.
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Postfords8 on 11/2/2017, 10:29 am

@Chicken_zapper100 wrote:Now I feel compelled to make my own breeding journal, fail, and then sulk in a corner.
That would be great to share with us. That is if you do it.
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PostHisserdude on 11/2/2017, 8:04 pm

Apparently they need temps in the high 80s for successful pupation, and the larvae need to be kept on moist sand their whole lives, if it gets too dry, they'll die, unlike adults, which need things pretty dry.
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Postfords8 on 11/3/2017, 8:12 am

@Hisserdude wrote:Apparently they need temps in the high 80s for successful pupation, and the larvae need to be kept on moist sand their whole lives, if it gets too dry, they'll die, unlike adults, which need things pretty dry.
Great info. thanks! Anyone want to add to this. Or is there nothing else to tell?
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Postcessepedes17 on 11/3/2017, 10:23 am

Breeding beetles starts with keeping the larvae and adults in the correct environment; this means proper food, temperature, humidity and space for the species that you have. Breeding will start automatically once you have a male and a female in a suitable environment.
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Postfords8 on 11/4/2017, 7:49 pm

@cessepedes17 wrote:Breeding beetles starts with keeping the larvae and adults in the correct environment; this means proper food, temperature, humidity and space for the species that you have. Breeding will start automatically once you have a male and a female in a suitable environment.
Thanks for this. Learning alot so far on the site.
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PostChicken_zapper100 on 11/5/2017, 5:40 pm

Update:

I think two of my beetles died inside of the holes and tunnels in the drift wood so the blue beetle breeding project will be halted for a while

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