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  1. *UPDATE* I'm on my 2nd generation of mealworms, that have been raised on mostly pure styrofoam, I say "mostly" because I would give small portions of other food every month or so, mainly for the meal beetles that started emerging. I did find that meal beetles will eat some styrofoam, but they don't survive well on it alone and I don't believe that they break it down or compost it, like the mealworms do. This next time around, I will remove pupa and meal beetles into another container. I plan to feed the meal beetles normal fare (fish food, fruits, and I will attempt at seeing if they will compost leftovers from foods that I eat) while feeding the mealworms only on styrofoam. I added about 100 more mealworms to the group (yesterday) to try and get 2 generations going at the same time. Last of all, these links were sent to me, and I will now share them with you. They are about SuperWorms composting styrofoam! https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/beetle-larvae-can-survive-on-polystyrene-alone-67251 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969719352258 If you are using mealworms or superworms to compost styrofoam, post up your experience!
  2. Will you tell more about your experiences? What happened with the colony? Almost all of the mealworms (I started out with) are becoming beetles. Hopefully they are laying eggs. I have to start looking for tiny larvae, some may be in the styrofoam.
  3. Check out the 2 links about mealworms composting styrofoam! Scientific study from Stanford University: https://news.stanford.edu/pr/2015/pr-worms-digest-plastics-092915.html https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-12/su-msc121819.php I've been raising mealworms on styrofoam for about 2 months now. I've raised mealworms to adult beetles on styrofoam alone, just adding some water now and then. The beetles may be feeding on styrofoam as well, however I supplement the mealbeetles with beetle jelly sometimes. Are you composting styrofoam with mealworms too? Post up!
  4. Look up "Butterfly Tagging" and "Bee Queen Marking" for ideas and products. Good Luck! :D
  5. These are native to Florida (or a similar species) and I used to see them (and catch them) in Miami. I never tired to keep them. There used to be so many, it would look like Christmas lights in the trees. Over the years less and less would show up. I wonder if they can still be found out there anymore . . .
  6. I suggest contacting Peter (of BugsInCyberspace.com) as he has raised them. Check this out: https://shop.bugsincyberspace.com/Sleepers-Elephant-Beetle-bic899.htm
  7. That's a cool vid, somehow I missed it and just saw it! Thanks for posting! I still have my spider beetle groups that I got from you, actually, they have grown to be much larger than what I started with. They are one of my favorite beetles! They don't climb smooth surfaces, so you could remove the lid and none would get out.
  8. I think this auction is being held on FB. I'm not on FB, so I can't be apart of the Fall auction. However I'm always active on the Summer auction on TerraForums! 😊
  9. I got a bunch from cfredsma several years ago and they are still going. I Love mine too! Great photo!
  10. Gorgeous! Congrats on the nymphs! You've done well (and so have Papa and Mama roaches)! How are you keeping yours? Can you give us some details on their setup?
  11. If only I lived closer! I would love to work with inverts as a job again!
  12. I used to sell these years ago. Lived in FL and would catch them from my yard. If you post pictures of the adults I can sex them for you. But simply, females are larger, males are smaller. The tip of the abdomen in males is round and in females it's pointed.
  13. Does the 3rd edition cover any other types of beetles that the 2nd edition did not cover?
  14. You are welcome! If you join terraforums, look me up and say "hello". The name is the same.
  15. How is the 3rd edition different from the 2nd edition? Is the only change the two new chapters on Goliath beetles, and the one on Dynastes hercules paschoali?
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