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Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing
#21
hmmm....using a SMALLER bean, like a Mung Bean, will produce a smaller beetle ? Who knew !?! Excellent experiment here.
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#22
I'm in love with these beetles! No SMELL! NO MITES!
Have an explosion of them right now.

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#23
At first, most all frogs will make the 'sour' face when eating these feeders, but they WILL come to enjoy them - all species.

Just stick with it...try to make the frogs go hungry for a while before you insert the beetles into the feeder rotation.

Tsk Tsk Glenn....not feeding BB all these years despite this thread !
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#24
Couldn't get them. Tongue
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#25
wow..Canada was without bean beetles until just recently ?
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#26
They were here for a while and seemed to vanish. They're back though! 8)
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#27
frogfreak Wrote:They were here for a while and seemed to vanish. They're back though! 8)

Good !

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#28
My culture is finally starting to produce (thanks Jay!). I need to start considering what cadence I setup new cultures for a rotation. It sounds like a culture takes 6 weeks to develop, then may produce multiple blooms, which would indicate a single culture could last 4 to 6 months? If so, I'm thinking a 2 to 4 week cadence on culture rotations would be best. At two weeks, I would have about 12 cultures around at a given time assuming a 6 month life cycle, which fits into my current fly culture box setups.

Curious as to others' experiences. I'm still raising melanogaster and hydei (black and gold), so I think the two week cadence would be enough as a fourth feeder (22 adult frogs). Thoughts or experiences?
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#29
Best advice I can give is to not overthink culturing them. You can almost neglect them and they will always be there for you!

Remember, they like warm temps and dry. I used to keep mine above the light fixtures. You can actually touch the bottom of the culture cup and feel real warmth being generated from them. Weird.
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#30
This thread needs a bump. I have decided to start culturing beetles as an alternate food source.
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#31
A tip for harvesting the beetles is to take a lid from a deli cup and cut out the center leaving only about 1/8 inch around the outside. Then hot glue a 3/16 mesh screen over the opening.
When you want to harvest beetles remove the cover from the deli container they are in and replace with the mesh cover. Then turn the container upside down and shack out the beetles. This also helps remove all dead beetles and debris from the culture.
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#32
Bean beetles y'all...
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#33
Trying out a new container. We get quite a few containers of nuts from Cosco and they have made good springtail culture containers for me. I tried making some vented lids this weekend and they turned out OK despite my sloppy epoxy job. I like the lip on these for beetles - they don't seem to come scurrying out as easily as the straight lipped deli cup. Anyhow just thought I'd share:
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I think the lids screw down tight enough...we will see Smile. I still struggle getting them out for feeding so I have to try so plastic meshes out next. The TP rolls work ok, but I think I can do better with another material.
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#35
Try finding beans in the store now!

Do your pumilios eat bean beetles? or are they for something bigger?
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(04-14-2020, 10:38 PM)ridinshotgun Wrote: Try finding beans in the store now!

Do your pumilios eat bean beetles?  or are they for something bigger?

I think so pumilio would try and tackle em. Some beetles are a little smaller than others.

The are really for my silverstonei and histrionica and Lehmanni. the big bois.
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