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    How long till mealworms turn into a beetle?

    Discussion in 'General Aquaria Discussion' started by Pyramid_Party, Nov 21, 2008.

    1. Pyramid_Party

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      If I were to buy like 2 dozen mealworms and store them in a container in my room, how long do I have till they turn to beetles? Im gonna buy some but its gonna be fed to my fish like 1/2 times a week. So would I be good like 2-3 weeks maybe?
       
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      I remembered doing a experiment on them in biology class, and it took around a month for them to turn into a full beetle. So I think you would be pretty good.

      P.S I think the mealworms they gave us were a bit older already, and most of the time they were in the metamorphic stage.
       
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      2-3 weeks is good. Just keep them in a cool room, their really slow growing when their warm. Plus you can feed the pupas to your fish too.
       
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      Stick 'em in the fridge. Then it takes them a LONG time
       
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      I cant do that or I will get screamed at.
       
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      I wondered about that...

      I used to keep frozen pinks in the back of the freezer for my geckos. My mom wasn't happy when she found them...lol
       
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      explain to your wife/girlfriend/mother/room mare/ whoever has a problem with the mealworms in the fridge that keeping them in there is what will help prevent them from becoming beetles
       
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      fridge it fo so
       
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      Are you trying to breed them or keep them from turning into beetles? (pupating, I think its called)
       
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      you have a good while. well up to a month. you just have to be SURE that they aren't warming up too much. the colder the better. just sit them in a cabinet
       

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