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Attagenus unicolor Lost Colony 2016

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#41 Offline dermy - Posted March 5 2018 - 1:38 PM

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Colony continues to grow I have so many videos that are over a month or so old. This video shows their setups currently [or at least as of sometime in Late February]



#42 Offline dermy - Posted March 24 2018 - 9:14 PM

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The video at least shows how large my colony is [that's only about 60% of the total Attagenus unicolor I have since I split them into two colonies]

 

I was gonna give them that huge enclosure upgrade but I noticed 2 things:

 

1- They weren't large enough for that container, they breed so slowly that it would take them literally years to even fill any of it.

2- I noticed once they fell off the original spot they couldn't get back up, which would limit the amount of breeding room anyway.

 

I ended up giving the bin [with some modifications such as a big vent on the lid] to my Mealworms.



#43 Offline dermy - Posted March 31 2018 - 11:42 AM

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Hopefully that's much better lighting then other videos. I've noticed they've started eating much more food than they used to. Now I have to clean them out every 2-3 weeks [I'm somewhat allergic to their frass/shedded exoskeletons] All frass is put into a different container as to not lose any potential eggs or small larvae.


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#44 Offline AntsMaryland - Posted March 31 2018 - 4:36 PM

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So what do the larvae look like? Grubs?

 

(I'm quite ignorant about this)



#45 Offline dermy - Posted March 31 2018 - 4:53 PM

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So what do the larvae look like? Grubs?

 

(I'm quite ignorant about this)

They are really small, kind of like a mix of grubs [they have their legs at the front like grubs would] and caterpillars [because of all the tuffs of hair they have]. Mine have long hairs at the ends of the larvae, some have weird tuffs that even vibrate to scare off parasitic wasps [Anthrenus verbasci]

[you know it's funny this question was hard to answer..... it's been so long that I've been messing with Dermestids that I usually just say "hey looks like a Dermestid beetle larvae :lol:    ]

 

Sorry if that didn't really answer the question much... :|


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#46 Offline AntsMaryland - Posted March 31 2018 - 4:57 PM

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So what do the larvae look like? Grubs?

 

(I'm quite ignorant about this)

They are really small, kind of like a mix of grubs [they have their legs at the front like grubs would] and caterpillars [because of all the tuffs of hair they have]. Mine have long hairs at the ends of the larvae, some have weird tuffs that even vibrate to scare off parasitic wasps [Anthrenus verbasci]

[you know it's funny this question was hard to answer..... it's been so long that I've been messing with Dermestids that I usually just say "hey looks like a Dermestid beetle larvae :lol:    ]

 

Sorry if that didn't really answer the question much... :|

 

Thanks.

 

I was just curious. :D



#47 Offline dermy - Posted March 31 2018 - 5:06 PM

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So what do the larvae look like? Grubs?

 

(I'm quite ignorant about this)

They are really small, kind of like a mix of grubs [they have their legs at the front like grubs would] and caterpillars [because of all the tuffs of hair they have]. Mine have long hairs at the ends of the larvae, some have weird tuffs that even vibrate to scare off parasitic wasps [Anthrenus verbasci]

[you know it's funny this question was hard to answer..... it's been so long that I've been messing with Dermestids that I usually just say "hey looks like a Dermestid beetle larvae :lol:    ]

 

Sorry if that didn't really answer the question much... :|

 

Thanks.

 

I was just curious. :D

 

Here's the best image I could get with my iPod [the only camera I have at the moment] to at least give you an idea of what they look like, the knife was there to try to show size but I don't think it worked as well as I wanted:

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#48 Offline AntsMaryland - Posted March 31 2018 - 5:12 PM

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So what do the larvae look like? Grubs?

 

(I'm quite ignorant about this)

They are really small, kind of like a mix of grubs [they have their legs at the front like grubs would] and caterpillars [because of all the tuffs of hair they have]. Mine have long hairs at the ends of the larvae, some have weird tuffs that even vibrate to scare off parasitic wasps [Anthrenus verbasci]

[you know it's funny this question was hard to answer..... it's been so long that I've been messing with Dermestids that I usually just say "hey looks like a Dermestid beetle larvae :lol:    ]

 

Sorry if that didn't really answer the question much... :|

 

Thanks.

 

I was just curious. :D

 

Here's the best image I could get with my iPod [the only camera I have at the moment] to at least give you an idea of what they look like, the knife was there to try to show size but I don't think it worked as well as I wanted:

lqG8gWP.jpg

 

Oooh. They look cool. And buggy :D

 

Are the larvae active?



#49 Offline dermy - Posted March 31 2018 - 5:30 PM

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I'd say they are pretty active, they can't climb much of anything [even a slight incline is impossible for them, like those cookie containers with the middle part all bumped up] I've personally found Dermestes larvae and beetles to be more active but that might just be because of the large size of them.



#50 Offline dermy - Posted April 9 2018 - 12:05 PM

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Almost time for a container upgrade before spring time (off season for Dermestids, they still do everything they normally do I just focus less time on them and more on outside stuff like ants etc.) I don't have a plan for what I'm going to use just yet but I'm sure I'll find something before too long, still have a month of time left anyway.



#51 Offline dermy - Posted April 13 2018 - 2:50 AM

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I'm amazed as to how large this colony seems to be. I'm also noticing more adult beetles again which is good :D

 

 

I've finally got a bin in mind for their Summer home, I still need to work out what I plan to do with it but at least I have something in mind :)


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#52 Offline dermy - Posted April 25 2018 - 8:33 AM

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I finally gave the colony a nice cleaning, I'll be getting them ready for their larger setup come mid May after their 4th Birthday.

 

There's a nice video showing the amount in the colony at the moment. I read a few scientific papers, including one about rearing them in Captivity and under "Lab Conditions" it takes them 8-12 months for an entire Generation :|







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