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Where or how can one get spider beetles?


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Hi everyone :)

 

Anyone know how I could go about getting some spider beetles? After I saw them on youtube I fell in love for some reason ;):P

 

I was thinking that maybe they would sooner or later come to some different foods if put outside. Like oats, and fruit.

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Yeah I'm assuming his colony needs to "reboot" itself for a while ;) That's very cool tho! You definitely need to post some pics of your new starter colony! What are you going to feed them? I was watching a video on youtube of someone who had a colony of them in a vial (looked like one of the Thornton Plastics) and supposedly they'd been kept in there for quite a few years living on dog biscuits. So I would imagine they'd feed on any grain product and would require a protein source. Looks like it's time to experiment!

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I think you are talking about Peters video on youtube:

 

I am going to feed them assorted dry foods. Mostly cat food, but I will give them some oats and fish food and stuff like that. And I will give them a piece of a cuttlebone for calcium, the rest of the dry foods should have enough protein and such for them.

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Oh wow, how didn't I realize that was Peters video?! Those are extremely cool beetles! Any idea how quickly they reproduce? I have a colony of bean weevils (Acanthoscelides obtectus) and their reproduction rate is absolutely insane! I started with maybe 10-20 individuals about three months ago and now I literally have several thousand! I doubt spider beetles exhibit that same rate of reproduction, but it'll be interesting to see how they do for you! I'll definitely be following your progress! :lol:

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