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Im DESPERATE>I need your opinion>Dying mealworm colony>see pictures!

Discussion in 'Feeders' started by pop, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. pop

    pop Active Member

    Im DESPERATE cuz my mealworm colony is dying.Temp 25C(77F).I had 2 deformed beetles,10 mealworms(dried) and 5 pupa(gone black) died even though i moist the container regularly and they have food.Now I have 2 live deformed beetles(I think they are going to die),11 and more pupa which are dead(black) and badly developed(deformes) 6 beetles.Do you know if im doing something wrong?What can be the reason for this?
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  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    It looks like you may have a couple of issues. First you should not be misting the bedding. The bedding is grain and misting it promotes the growth of mold and fungus. What are you using for bedding?
    For moisture just toss in a cut piece of carrot.
    Next, if that is all the bedding you are using you need to add some to it. The bedding should be an inch or two deep.
     
  3. pop

    pop Active Member

    the bedding is wheat bran and I have never had mold
     
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    If you are wetting the bran,...you have mold, you just may not have enough to see it.
    And you could use some bigger containers. I used sterilite boxes the size of shoe boxes. And I covered my colonies using the lid that came with the boxes and drilled small holes around the upper edge of the boxes. This will result in bringing the humidity up a bit without having to wet the substrate.
     

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