making a meal worm farm.
So far so good, because by January 30th we already had meal worms pupating. All my research said depending on conditions, the pupa would hatch anywhere from two weeks to nine months. So it would appear, thanks to the warm condition in our home, out little meal worms were on the fast track!
By February 3rd we had a couple of beetles hatch out. So from the time I bought my worms of unknown age till my first beetle was less then a month. How totally awesome is that!
It is now the beginning of March and most of our pupa have hatched. This may be gross to some, but I am so excited!!! It is like a frat party in their container. I mean those beetles are getting BUSY. Eggs can take anywhere from 4 to 19 days to hatch. But the baby meal worms are going to be soooooo tiny, I have no idea when I will know if we were successful. But trust me, if the beetle activity is ANY indication.... there are eggs! LOL
Keep your fingers crossed and your eyes open for the next update on out meal worm farming project. To learn more about the life cycle of the Darkling beetle, click here.
The Backyard Farming Connection