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Re: Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing

Postby Philsuma » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:12 pm

hmmm....using a SMALLER bean, like a Mung Bean, will produce a smaller beetle ? Who knew !?! Excellent experiment here.

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Re: Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing

Postby SpyderFemme » Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:31 pm

I'm in love with these beetles! No SMELL! NO MITES!
Have an explosion of them right now.

Thanks for the post :)
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Re: Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing

Postby Philsuma » Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:37 pm

At first, most all frogs will make the 'sour' face when eating these feeders, but they WILL come to enjoy them - all species.

Just stick with it...try to make the frogs go hungry for a while before you insert the beetles into the feeder rotation.

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Re: Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing

Postby frogfreak » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:30 pm

Couldn't get them. :P
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Postby Philsuma » Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:04 pm

wow..Canada was without bean beetles until just recently ?

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Re: Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing

Postby frogfreak » Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:11 pm

They were here for a while and seemed to vanish. They're back though! 8)
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Postby Philsuma » Thu May 22, 2014 7:48 pm

frogfreak wrote:They were here for a while and seemed to vanish. They're back though! 8)


Good !

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Re: Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing

Postby joneill809 » Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:33 pm

My culture is finally starting to produce (thanks Jay!). I need to start considering what cadence I setup new cultures for a rotation. It sounds like a culture takes 6 weeks to develop, then may produce multiple blooms, which would indicate a single culture could last 4 to 6 months? If so, I'm thinking a 2 to 4 week cadence on culture rotations would be best. At two weeks, I would have about 12 cultures around at a given time assuming a 6 month life cycle, which fits into my current fly culture box setups.

Curious as to others' experiences. I'm still raising melanogaster and hydei (black and gold), so I think the two week cadence would be enough as a fourth feeder (22 adult frogs). Thoughts or experiences?
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Postby Philsuma » Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:11 pm

Best advice I can give is to not overthink culturing them. You can almost neglect them and they will always be there for you!

Remember, they like warm temps and dry. I used to keep mine above the light fixtures. You can actually touch the bottom of the culture cup and feel real warmth being generated from them. Weird.

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Re: Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing

Postby RanaVenenosa » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:56 am

This thread needs a bump. I have decided to start culturing beetles as an alternate food source.
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Re: Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing

Postby tazman » Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:11 pm

A tip for harvesting the beetles is to take a lid from a deli cup and cut out the center leaving only about 1/8 inch around the outside. Then hot glue a 3/16 mesh screen over the opening.
When you want to harvest beetles remove the cover from the deli container they are in and replace with the mesh cover. Then turn the container upside down and shack out the beetles. This also helps remove all dead beetles and debris from the culture.
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Postby Philsuma » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:26 pm

Bean beetles y'all...

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Re: Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing

Postby joneill809 » Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:25 pm

Trying out a new container. We get quite a few containers of nuts from Cosco and they have made good springtail culture containers for me. I tried making some vented lids this weekend and they turned out OK despite my sloppy epoxy job. I like the lip on these for beetles - they don't seem to come scurrying out as easily as the straight lipped deli cup. Anyhow just thought I'd share:
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I think the lids screw down tight enough...we will see :). I still struggle getting them out for feeding so I have to try so plastic meshes out next. The TP rolls work ok, but I think I can do better with another material.
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Re: Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing

Postby Philsuma » Tue Oct 13, 2015 2:22 pm

When you want to dispose of Bean Beetles, place entire culture container in your freezer for @ 4 days then bag the contents and throw away in regular trash. You can reuse the cup if you like.

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Re: Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing

Postby tazman » Thu Oct 22, 2015 3:32 am

Jim here is a picture of a lid for sifting out the beetles. The same material would work with the covers you are making.
The material is the backing for making rugs and can be found at most fabric stores.
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Re: Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing

Postby DianeCarter » Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:28 am

Jim,
If tp rolls aren't working the best for you, I always use a piece of a cardboard egg carton. Are you able to get cardboard egg cartons, not the plastic stuff? The BBs climb in to all the curves of the piece of egg carton, it's easy to just take out the piece and shake it into container for dusting.
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Re: Bean Beetles / Weevils - Keeping and Culturing

Postby joneill809 » Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:23 pm

Thanks guys!

The new larger containers are working much better. I can get more TP / paper towel rolls in and I can get quite a few off the screw top lid - opening the deli cups would shake them off the lid but the screw top doesn't knock them off.
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