It seems as though we are decent meal worm farmers.
|All the little meal worms once they hatch.|
Daily we remove small to large handfuls of pupae from the mealworm tray to the pupae tray.
|Tons of pupae develop daily.|
|The beginning and the end. The actual beetles emerge|
but also start the process by laying the eggs.
|You can see the beetle|
beginning to emerge. Eyes,
legs forming. Cool huh?
They actually are cute to watch. The beetles are nocturnal and come out in force once the sun begins to set. I think cooler temps also lure them out as we've noticed now that it's 'summer like' that they come out as soon as the temps begin to drop a bit - even if it's not getting dark yet.
|Once the beetles emerge they|
are start almost white.
|White, to tan, to red, to dark brown, to black.|
I don't have a pic of a black beetle.
Guess I need to do that.
|A molting mealworm beginning to form|
into a pupae.
|A beetle that got 'stuck' half way through|
the transformation from pupae to beetle.
Basically mutant darkling beetles.
|A fully developed beetle and one with wings not fully|
formed and the pupae body still partially intact.
|A bettle w/poorly formed wings.|
|A pupae molting it's mealworm skin.|
If you are a 'bug whiz' and like making posters - give me a shout out and share your wonderful ideas. We could use all the innovation we can get.
I don't know how long we'll continue raising our mealworms. If we'll just feed them all to the chickens once fair is over or if we'll continue expanding our farm and make it a long term adventure.
|The top side of the part pupa|
|Not even sure here. Part pupae, part beetle.|
It's not a difficult task, so we may give it a whirl.