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Hi, Thanks in advance for assistance.
I've been trying to figure out what the little black beetles in my nursery bins are. I think they are lesser mealworm beetles, but I am not sure. If they are, is this a positive symbiotic relationship that can be left alone, or should I worry? I read that they more or less keep the environment tidy, and I don't see them showing up in my breeding bins - at least, not yet. I'm very new at this.
I hope the link to the video works. I've not been able to get a still shot with them in it. They move pretty fast.
I apologize if I've put this in the wrong category, or if this has been answered elsewhere and I just haven't found it (I did look). I'm not working with a mealworm kit primarily because I never heard of it before a few weeks ago. I've been mealworm ranching (grin) since March 24 and started out with 2,000 mealworms that I think have at least quadrupled (or more!) in number, but I have no idea how to count all those lovely, squirming tiny bodies (yet). Very exciting!!! I think they are doing well, overall, though I need to better regulate humidity and temperature, and come up with a good system for removing dead beetles. I think most are just dieing of old age, no disease. They don't look deformed, though there are some that die before they turn black.
I appreciate all advice and information!