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Richard22

Breeding mealworms, superworms, lesser and micro mealworms, grain weevils and rice flour beetles, bean beetles, banded crickets, Madagascan hissers, dubias, lobster roaches, discoid roaches, Turkestan roaches and oriental roaches, green banana roaches, giant lobster roaches, horseshoe crab roaches, wild caught crickets (black field, Japanese burrowing, etc.), camel crickets, isopods of many different kinds, beetles of all sorts, millipedes (greenhouse and giant red American one), earwigs, jumping bristletails, dermestid beetles, white springtails, and larger wild caught springtails.

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  • Can I control egg or nymph diapause using heat and light? Or are they ‘programmed’ to diapause based on their species and where they have been for awhile; could I change that adaptation? “Furthermore, the growth rate of each species decreased linea…
    in CRICKETS Comment by Richard22 August 17
  • The fish flakes worked well and were eaten pretty fast, the soy protein powder clumped up with moisture and stuck around. Wheat germ is vulnerable to the mites, and I don’t know about the Good Bug Diet since it has no ingredient list, possibly a goo…
  • I am unable to find a free pdf for the last one, every site requires a subscription. If you could like the pdf or the website that has it for free that would help. I have no feasible way to obtain tropical V. Micado since the obscurity and location…
    in CRICKETS Comment by Richard22 August 14
  • Only one problem is the viruses, for me at least I have been unable to breed crickets across many different attempts for this reason, and of course this can heavily impact the practicality of breeding house crickets in big colonies which could inexp…
  • Is there any info on the practicality of breeding the Japanese Burrowing Cricket (Velarfictorus Mikado), I read they overwinter as eggs but I assume may not have to in constant heat. I especially could use an estimate for egg to adult timespan. I al…
    in CRICKETS Comment by Richard22 August 14
  • Too bad consumers will never accept cockroaches in their bread unless some clever marketing and activism is surrounding the product, even if the taste is negligible and overall objectively a good bread. There could be a small sector of the general p…
  • What then should I do if the plan fails, as it most likely will considering the low likelihood just my gloves or the wheat bran would transfer disease. Why is my problem so unique? If it kills every mealworm across multiple batches across different …
  • I’ll try that, without carrageenan since it is a possible carcinogen and it might be bad to feed your livestock. I could use a mold inhibitor oil and maybe some other preservatives or I just feed them dry food. I’ll mix wheat germ, Good Bug Diet pow…
  • I don’t clean my gloves very often, perhaps that could be an issue. I don’t know if grain mites could get in every colony and cause problems, I rarely can see the grain mites but generally they’re on the produce clumped up or wandering in the feces …
  • I briefly tried the soy protein paste with vegetable oil in the enclosure, and I can say it became disgusting AND attracted grain mites more than the carrots or potatoes. The smell was absolutely foul, something along the lines of briny diarrhea. Th…
  • So ventilation is a must, next step is figuring out if humidity needs to be high for pupa, because these ones aren’t doing so well. Even when I provide open ventilation, this browning of the wings and then the entire body happens every single time f…
  • When there is ventilation, their wings turn dark red and eventually they turn brown (likely drying out), when they’re in a humid container they seemed to only have the failure to pupate into beetles issue where they limp and starve to death oand/or …
  • I heard the substrate might absorb smell and keep frass, but the substrate doesn’t really matter to me. I think I have come to a conclusion about the pupation issue after seeing a few posts about deformed beetles, the reason they turn brown is prob…
  • Update: the mites are now known to be grain mites, and they might not desiccate as easily as other mites since they infest grain a lot. I find them around mealworm feces in old containers (including my micro mealworms), so they probably aren’t too s…
  • You could use a dehydrator to dry the bugs after cooking them and use a coffee grinder or blender to grind the dry insects, though the blender probably will not grind fine and the coffee grinder is for small quantities. If they don’t work you could …
  • Remember, I am asking for others’ opinions on eating and breeding these bugs, though I provided my assumptions it does not suffice to my ignorance, so this is like a collaborative effort. I am wondering on which bugs are worth breeding and/or eating…
  • I will try that in a small container with some of them, on the leaves or produce they inhabit.
  • How could I incorporate multiple distinct vitamins and minerals like that? Are you saying to make my own formula to supplement in the soy paste, or something else (is there any formula brand that would work, is that what you’re referring to), it’s t…
  • Could the soy just be soy protein powder/isolate? That could be bought locally or cheaply off Amazon, and should I bother buying a-cellulose when I can get a pound of cellulose (dietary fiber or microcrystalline) for 14$? Alpha-cellulose seems rarer…
  • Thanks for the advice, I’ll try another 2 or 3 cricket ‘trials’ as experiments and see if a difference in death rate occurs. I’ll look for less chain breeders for the house crickets and mealworms, while banded ones I’ll get online or maybe craigslis…
  • So would that be possible with tofu drizzled with vegetable oil instead of carrots? Could I just put some pieces on the substrate and let it sit there, I think the spider/white mites would infest it like they sometimes do the carrots and lesser for …
  • I have taken the tests. The same death rate happens for 31 crickets fed organic potatoes as the non produce ones. Either viruses are in each batch, or the pesticides killed the first batches and then fumes from the dying ones lying in an exposed pla…
  • That looks like a cricket disease. There are a few other scenarios that would cause this death. One that i have Never seen discussed but could be a big problem for people who feed vegetables is the presence of pesticides and/or fungal insecticides …
  • Seasons could probably be controlled by adjusting the temperature and/or humidity. Eggs should be kept in moist soil, and you might want to incubate them. In general, crickets would breed and hatch better if kept always in summer conditions. Try kee…
  • Would they lose nutritional value, or lower the likelihood of surviving to breeding age, if I skipped vegetables? My crickets were in a sterilite plastic bin with decent sized netting on the lid in front of a fan in a hot attic. Now, my experimental…
  • It’s probably a good idea for a health-minded food ingredient, but impletation will be everything. You might want to have it used in health foods, but for that the price might have to be higher and therefor the product more of a novelty. Also it has…
  • They look to be similar to velarfictorus micado, one very common in my area. Where would one find the oriental garden cricket? I would though just prefer to keep breeding my wild crickets from my area, since the non-wild ones die off within a week o…
  • Update regarding small roach cultures: after feeding horseshoe crab roaches and giant lobster roaches celery, many of the horseshoe crab roaches died and maybe 6 of 9 giant lobster roaches died, within three days of feeding them celery. Only 2 of th…
  • If this is any use, it’s pretty long and complex on the mealworm immune system, here is a document: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphys.2019.00138/full