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Does Anyone here Check on their larvae?

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Hey guys, I havent logged on in a while but Im back!

Does anyone here dump out the substrate and check on the larvae like the big d Hercules breeders?

Thanks

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Unless it's to switch them into larger containers or substrate change then no. I have a pretty good schedule on my species growth rates.

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Yes, religiously. From late L2 until early-mid L3 I check all larvae every two weeks. Once the mid L3 (if we're talking DHH) reach 50> grams, they're moved into larger totes and then get a check every 30 days. After larvae reach 105> grams and/or begin to yellow, they're moved into even larger tubs to begin pupation. After this stage they're left alone for approximately 2 months before checking on them again. This allows larvae that are still putting on weight to continue to do so, while also giving mature larvae a larger window of time to construct pupal cells.

 

These "checks" give me an opportunity to weigh the larvae for my records, as well as sift the substrate through a soil sieve to remove any and all frass. I also use this time to replace any eaten FS with fresh to maintain a consistent substrate depth, and add my protein supplements (if doing so).

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Yes, religiously. From late L2 until early-mid L3 I check all larvae every two weeks. Once the mid L3 (if we're talking DHH) reach 50> grams, they're moved into larger totes and then get a check every 30 days. After larvae reach 105> grams and/or begin to yellow, they're moved into even larger tubs to begin pupation. After this stage they're left alone for approximately 2 months before checking on them again. This allows larvae that are still putting on weight to continue to do so, while also giving mature larvae a larger window of time to construct pupal cells.

These "checks" give me an opportunity to weigh the larvae for my records, as well as sift the substrate through a soil sieve to remove any and all frass. I also use this time to replace any eaten FS with fresh to maintain a consistent substrate depth, and add my protein supplements (if doing so).

When I said like the d Hercules breeders I mean the videos I watch on yt of breeders checking on their beetles.

I have m Sleeperi

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I do it the exact same for Megasoma sp.

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I do so for adult beetles that are secretive. It might annoy them, but some problems are invisible to the casual eye until it is too late.

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I do sometimes, but I try not to too often. Maybe every few weeks or so.

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I didn't check on my larva, which I thoroughly regret. I isolated my largest L3 D. Tityus. The container i put him in was too well ventilated and the substrate tried out. I didn't realize this until I went to change the substrate again months later. This time he had shrunken dramatically and appears very sick. My L2 is now larger than him. I thoroughly regret not checking. Now I worry if he will develop to be a very tiny beetle.

 

I'm debating refridgerating him in an effort to force him to winterize and potentially give him more time to grow and develop.

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