>Daughter Melanie raised mealwoms in a bucket or bran flakes (with a >tight-fitting lid). At various times she was feeding lizards, frogs, birds, >gerbils, fish and white rats. The animals gobbled the larvae. > >And I warned of dire consequences if the moths got loose in the house. But meal worms are beetle larvae...a darkling beetle IIRC. I discovered they were beetles by accident when I bought a container of mealworms cheap because they were 'past date'. I still remember how startled I was when I picked up a pupae and it kicked! The beetles they turned into were about 3/4" long and black. Take the size with a grain of salt, it was a long time ago. But they weren't enormous, and they weren't teensy :-) -- Allyn Weaks firstname.lastname@example.org Seattle, USDA zone 7-8 Pacific Northwest Native Wildlife Gardening: http://www.tardigrade.org/natives/
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