The colony is Off and running!
After weeks of pupating worms into beetles, and weeks of waiting. The cerial level of the colonies subtrate started to vanish at an alarming rate.
We spoted a nearly inch long baby super worm and started turning the substrate and found THOUSANDS of babies ranging form an inch, to magifying glass needed sizes!
We tranfered the adult beetles into a new shoebox colony setup with fresh everything and tossed all the new beetles from the pupating cells in with them. We added fresh worms to the empty cells and checked the pupeas for changes.
The original ten beetles we had forced to pupate died, but it looks like they did their job first!
We have been pupating worms in groups of ten, transfering new beetles into the colony every few days. Lots of generations.
I think a few more trips for fresh adult worms to pupate and then the colony should be indipendant.
The slings Love the little worms!
The twins are Super proud of their colony and have completly infected me with their excitement.
Time to start another worm colony!
One day we will get around to crickets. And maybe a few roaches to boot!
Well. took pictures to bore you all with. LOL.....
The pupation box. We have several of these now. Work great.
Toss a little substrate in each cell. Drop an adult worm in each and close the lid. Shelve it and wait.
Once your worms pupate, and morph into beetles. Move them to a breeding box. For us. This set up seems to work best. Out of the others I have tried. no mold, less loss and Lots more beetles breeding.
Once you notice the ediable portions of the substrat are deminishing and it's all starting to look basicly like this......
You know you have eggs hatched nd busy worms. the beetles don't do this kind of mess. LOL.
It seemed to happen in a matter of days after the beetles had pretty much left it all intact for weeks save for the burrowing intothe peat section.
No mold, it just grays out as the worms feed and defecate.
A few weeks later.....
This is the results. Thousands of these little beasties, growing at the speed of light....
This is a one and a quarter inch wide bottle cap and a few of the masses of little worms I pulled out.
And today we found a few one and a half inch worms. So transfered them to a deli cup for adults. T food and future breeders.
The blue cap is two inches wide. Just to keep the cucumber off the outmeal which is mixed with gutload as is all the ediable substrate in the beetle and worm boxes.
Hope this is any help to anyone trying to raise their own superworms.