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Posted by lizardman on April 06, 2003 at 06:50:36:
In Reply to: Three Drawer system - can I combine mealworms & zoophobas? posted by shannons on April 05, 2003 at 15:43:41:
:I would like to set up a 3 drawer system for my mealworm breeding (right now I have a tupperware system that is cluttering up the "bug closet" where we raise lizard food.) I'd like to try my hand at breeding superworms next. I've researched how to accelerate thier pupation, and our bug closet is definintly warm enough to keep them happy. This is what I was thinking of: Have mealies and zoophobas larva in one drawer, pupa (of both) in the second drawer, and beetles (of both) in the third, along with pieces of bark which I've read the Zoophobas will lay eggs in. I'd use our current substrate, oat bran, in all three drawers. I'd like to tackle this project this weekend so any feedback is appreciated!
I would have to say that keeping regular mealworms(Tenebrio molitor) with super/king-mealworms(Zophobas morio) is not a good idea. Zophobas are more omnivorous than Tenebrio & have an inclination to eat anything that has moisture and protein, including themselves and other mealworms; even if you provide vegetation. I would keep both species of the larvae separate.