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    Rice Flour Beetles and Phoenix Worms?

    Has anyone used either of these as (occasional) feeders? I was thinking of Rice Flour Beetles since the larvae is about 1/4" which is good for my green anoles, and the phoenix worms for my (possibly) gravid female green anole. Also since the calcium suppliment I have has D3 in it but they have UVB and the package says to use it twice a week, but too much D3 is bad I was thinking of using the Phoenix Worms as the "Calcium Suppliment" for the second time for the week.

    Also, I heard Flour Beetles are ridiculously easy to breed. Is that true if anyone has tried?






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    Re: Rice Flour Beetles and Phoenix Worms?

    I believe that these rice flour and flour beetles are also known as Mealworms! I've heard that they are easy to breed.
    Here is some info on them.

    Pest Diagnostic Clinic, Factsheet on Mealworms

    And here is the sites caresheets on mealworms aka darkling beetle

    Breeding Mealworms

    Hope this helps. Does your anoles eat mealworms??
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    Re: Rice Flour Beetles and Phoenix Worms?

    Rice/Confused Flour Beetles (Tribolium confusum) are a TYPE of darkling beetle like Mealworms, while Mealworms' scientific name is Tenebrio molitor not Tribolium confusum. So in a sense they must be pretty close to the same thing.

    Oh, my anoles don't eat mealworms because a. They seem a little too big (about 1.5x space between my anoles' eyes) and b. they have a hard shell which is hard for anoles to digest from what I've read.

    Thanks for your help/advice though, mld!

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    Re: Rice Flour Beetles and Phoenix Worms?

    If you just have anoles, I wouldn't use the meal worms. You're right, too big and "crunchy" for them. I'm not sure about phoenix worms as far as size goes or if they would replace a calcium supplement. I know my geckos wouldn't touch the phoenix worms. Probably knew they were good for them
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    Re: Rice Flour Beetles and Phoenix Worms?

    My Leopard Geckos wouldn't touch the phoenix worms either, HOWEVER, my Bearded Dragons went crazy for them... My neighbor was breeding them last year, but has since quit because of the odor and hassle of breeding them..... For anoles, I think it would be best to just purchase a container or 2 every now and then.....some of the phoenix worms can be bought very small, and the texture was such that I would think they would be very easy to digest...(it reminded me of a waxmorm, only a little skinnier/thinner)...the phoenix worms are indeed very nutritious for reptiles..which is probably why they are so much more expensive than mealworms and other more common feeders.
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    Re: Rice Flour Beetles and Phoenix Worms?

    At least they aren't at the price of Silkworms .. 50 for like $18! Thanks for the advice, Orca and teach!

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    Re: Rice Flour Beetles and Phoenix Worms?

    I use Phoenix worms for my Water Dragon, turtle, and chickens.
    I have a bucket compost system that self harvests them for me. As far as breeding them it is easy and if done correctly there is no foul smell. Problems arise when air flow becomes restricted in the compost.

    I like the fact that table scraps become food for my reptiles and chickens. Saves a lot of hard earned cash!

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    Re: Rice Flour Beetles and Phoenix Worms?

    How do you breed phoenix worms?

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    Re: Rice Flour Beetles and Phoenix Worms?

    Quote Originally Posted by hawinhb View Post
    How do you breed phoenix worms?
    This is a very helpful blog that explains it in detail thanks to Jerry. Black Soldier Fly Blog - BSF bucket composter v2.1

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