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Posted by iwana on May 08, 2003 at 20:54:19:
In Reply to: Wax worms posted by FroggieB on May 08, 2003 at 20:50:44:
Thanks for the input. So basically, there shouldn't be anything wrong with the mix I have right now, because there is plenty of honey in there. Do the worms move around much, or is it normal for them to lie mostly still? I'm not sure what I should consider as normal or not.
:Forget the baby food or whatever. just mix honey and oatmeal (quick cooking, old fashioned, any rolled oats) together to make it a dough like consistancy. Crumble that in the bottom of whatever you are keeping the worms in. Crumple up some waxed paper loosely and put that in too. The worms will feed on the honey/oatmeal and will form cocoons in the waxed paper. When moths emerge there will be lots of eggs produced and before long you will be seeing lots of tiny worms crawling around. You can also put some bees wax in the feed mix. Waxworms invade bee hive and feed on the honey comb. Honey is a pure, predigested, nutrient rich food and is pretty much complete. The only reason to add the oats is so it isn't a sticky liquid mix and to give the worms something they can crawl on without getting stuck.
:Good luck and watch that you don't let them loose. They reproduce like crazy and the tiny worms and active moths can be hard to confine.