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Hello all. I have been reading the forum without an account for some time. I have to admit I am blown away by the support here. I LOVE the scientific answers- I have really learned a lot about mealworms that I had no idea!
I was hoping you might be willing to share your knowledge with me, please. I would even be willing to offer compensation for a consultant.
I have been small scale breeding mealworms for 10-15 years. I started in a glass aquarium. Then to a shelf full of tupperwares. And now a scaled down tier system with 20 trays.
I sourced my mealworms online, and they are different than the typical mealworm. They are definitely not superworms. The mealworms, pupae and larvae are much larger than typical mealworms. Larvae are close to superworm size. I want to continue raising these larger worms, and don't want to switch to smaller ones.
Here is my problem-
My tiered system is successful in raising plenty of worms. However they are very slow to pupate- MUCH slower than mealworms. This time of year pupation has nearly stopped. The temperature and humidity has remained relatively consistent year round. Lighting hasn't changed (they stay dark unless working on them).
I would like to increase to a serious breeder. Not commercial, but I want to increase production 3-4x, with the current problem again being pupation.
I am happy to answer any questions that can help to clarify my situation, I know there is much more detail than I included here.
I greatly appreciate your time and expertise. Thank you!