Interesting. I bet what are called: "meal worms" are probably 4-5 or more different kinds of larvae. The ones I got from the magazine were tiny little, almost microscopic things which, after about a month or so had grown into fat grubs maybe an inch long or so. I recall they had milky white bodies and black heads. None of them made it to maturity so I have no idea if they were moth, beetle or some other larvae. I also recall they grew at differential rates, and so while some got big fast, others seemed to take a longer time, and the whole batch lasted most of the summer. I would poke around in the container to see if any were big enough to grab with tweezers, and there always seemed to be 4-5 every couple of days. I ordered a second batch at the end of summer and nothing was in it and after three months it was still barren. I was outraged at being gypped out of my $3 plus postage and handling but put off writing a letter of complaint because school has started. Which was a good thing, because one day I checked the container and it was full of wigglers as I called them. This batch grew and matured all at once. I gave most of them to my teacher for his gecko, since I had let most my snakes and lizards go because of lack of food and being burnt out catching bugs for them. I suppose this was my first real connection with bug hunting, looking for stuff my local captured reptiles would eat. Rob Sandelin Sky Valley Environments <http://www.nonprofitpages.com/nica/SVE.htm> Field skills training for student naturalists Floriferous@msn.com
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