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Attagenus unicolor Lost Colony 2016

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#1 Offline dermy - Posted October 31 2016 - 1:39 PM

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I decided to clean and remove some old bins from my room, looked inside one and found some Dermestid beetle larvae in it, decided to see how Many I'd get out and well here's the result:

 



#2 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted October 31 2016 - 1:51 PM

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I decided to clean and remove some old bins from my room, looked inside one and found some Dermestid beetle larvae in it, decided to see how Many I'd get out and well here's the result:

Wow
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(2) Parakeets
(2) Peppered Corydoras
(4) Neon Tetras
(1) Hermit Crab
(100-300) Mealworms
(1) Tetramorium sp. E
(1) Dormymyrmex bicolor
(1) Dormymyrmex insanus
(1) Solenopsis invicta
(1) Formica fusca
(1) Lasius neoniger
(1) Crematogaster cerasi
(1) Myrmecosystus testacus

#3 Offline CallMeCraven - Posted October 31 2016 - 2:02 PM

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That is a lot of larvae for an old bin! Nice find.


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#4 Offline dermy - Posted October 31 2016 - 2:06 PM

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That is a lot of larvae for an old bin! Nice find.

Yeah I found 2 different species too, the others not in the video were just a few Dermestes lardarius beetles. I decided to leave them in the old bin with the old food/bedding and see what happens.



#5 Offline FSTP - Posted October 31 2016 - 7:42 PM

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I won't be coming over for dinner



#6 Offline dermy - Posted October 31 2016 - 9:45 PM

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I won't be coming over for dinner

Fine more Larval skins for me then :lol:


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#7 Offline Leo - Posted November 1 2016 - 3:00 AM

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can i have some :D



#8 Offline Leo - Posted November 1 2016 - 3:10 AM

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mix the larval skins with cofee



#9 Offline Solenoqueen - Posted November 1 2016 - 7:13 AM

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Some?! What the hell!? That's actually a lot! Make beetle coffee :)

 

Now I know why you're called dermy, beetle!


Edited by Solenoqueen, November 1 2016 - 7:14 AM.

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#10 Offline dermy - Posted November 1 2016 - 12:19 PM

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Now I know why you're called dermy, beetle!

Yeah that's why I'm called Dermy because of Dermestids ;)



#11 Offline Solenoqueen - Posted November 1 2016 - 2:23 PM

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Now I know why you're called dermy, beetle!

Yeah that's why I'm called Dermy because of Dermestids ;)

 

 

Got i right mate ;)


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#12 Offline dermy - Posted January 22 2017 - 11:52 AM

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Another quick video on how the colony is doing:

 

 

 

 

 

Don't expect much videos, took this one minute video 31mins to upload to Youtube.......


Edited by dermy, January 22 2017 - 11:53 AM.


#13 Offline Batspiderfish - Posted January 22 2017 - 1:40 PM

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I'm collecting some Dermestes cf. lardarius as well! :D

In the past, I let mine pupate inside of rotten chunks of wood. Do you know if there are better alternatives?


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#14 Offline dermy - Posted January 22 2017 - 5:35 PM

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I'm collecting some Dermestes cf. lardarius as well! :D

In the past, I let mine pupate inside of rotten chunks of wood. Do you know if there are better alternatives?

 

Most people that keep Dermestes seem to use styrofoam pieces as Pupuation sites. I personally never had that much luck with Dermestes lardarius, they always die off when winter comes around......

 

Good luck though, the ones we have here love to fly

 

I'll need to find the video I took sometime, but for now the only one of Dermestes lardarius I have is this one:

 

 


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#15 Offline FSTP - Posted January 22 2017 - 6:22 PM

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why do you keep these? For bone cleaning?



#16 Offline dermy - Posted January 22 2017 - 9:48 PM

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why do you keep these? For bone cleaning?

No, the Attagenus unicolor [as far as I know] won't really eat meat, and the Dermestes lardarius well, I've just never got a big enough colony going to experiment. It takes a lot of Dermestids to clean bones.



#17 Offline CrazyLegs - Posted January 23 2017 - 12:14 PM

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It's actually the Dermestid larvae that do the wonderful job of cleaning the small crevices of bones.

A handful of beetles will quickly become a plague if enough food is provided. Then they will just as quickly die off when the food is gone.

A piece of styrofoam makes the perfect pupating zone.



#18 Offline antgenius123 - Posted January 23 2017 - 12:56 PM

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Holy cow that's a lot of larvae
 
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#19 Offline antgenius123 - Posted January 23 2017 - 1:12 PM

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There are also similar occurances here. there's a huge stone slab where larvae gather to pupate. I see larvae getting hunted by ants 24/7 its like a hotspot for ants.
 
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#20 Offline dermy - Posted February 13 2017 - 10:46 AM

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I guess I should at least provide some sort of update [Sorry I haven't had time to record anything ] This colony is doing really well, when Spring finally arrives in a few months I plan on giving them a bigger enclosure so that way I can just dump in a ton of cereal and stuff [they seem to like "grain" based things] and then just leaving them [I haven't watered them in months] until I have time in the fall to clean them all out. I'll still try to provide the odd update here and there during the summer months as well as check on their food situation etc.







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