So it has been about three week now and I am so excited because our meal worms are starting to pupate!! What does that mean? Well it means that in two to three weeks we will hopefully have some adult beetles!!! What does that mean? Simply put, we are on our way to making meal worms!
|From Enchanted Learning|
So this is how they life cycle of Darkling beetle works.... The female beetle lays hundreds of eggs which hatch into meal worms. The eggs can take anywhere from four to nineteen days to hatch. The meal worms them eat and grow and eat and grow for about two to eight weeks. After that they turn into pupa (that is where we are now!) This stage lasts two to three weeks but in the winter can be as long as nine months. Ours have heat so I am hoping we will fall in the two to three week range. After pupating, we will hopefully have adult Darkling beetles to start laying eggs!!!
|"waste" aka eaten oats|
So now we are back to the waiting game.... So I guess I will be updating you all in about two to three weeks if everything keeps going well!!
|Everybody in their newly cleaned home|
|Close up of pupa|