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    Default Superworms and Mealworms (Pics)

    I use mealworms and superworms as staple food for my geckos (some of my geckos will only each mealworms). I breed them myself so it is all cost effecient. If I have extras I feed them to the wild birds.

    For both types of worms they are put on human grade oats and high protien chicken feed (microwaved to prevent mites).
    For moisture I use carrots most often, potatoes and oranges. Occasionally celery but that seems to effect the geckos like of the worm. (probably because of the smell)


    My superworms container.


    Mealworm container. I have gotten lazy about separating my pupa from my worms. (I got spoiled by superworms) So I have all stages in one container.


    I use a bead organizer to help superworms pupate. It works well.


    Recently hatched superworm beetle.


    Superworm beetle container.


    The difference between mealworm and superworm pupae

    Thanks for looking!

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    How neat! Whats the difference between meal worms, giant meal worms, and supers?
    Is it just size?

    What can you feed mealies to gut load them? I've just been giving them carrots and yams..

    Do you powder them before feeding them to your animals, mine won't eat dusted meal worms.....!

    How hard is it to breed these? None of mine ever turn into pupae..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepper View Post
    How neat! Whats the difference between meal worms, giant meal worms, and supers?
    Is it just size?

    What can you feed mealies to gut load them? I've just been giving them carrots and yams..

    Do you powder them before feeding them to your animals, mine won't eat dusted meal worms.....!

    How hard is it to breed these? None of mine ever turn into pupae..
    I have never dealt with giant mealworms due with the fact they I have been told that they are sprayed with a growth hormone. Which I do not believe can be healthy for my geckos. (You can see what growth hormones do to humans when they are put in our chicken etc.)

    There is a debate on whether mealworms can be gutloaded or not. I am on the fence. But oats and fruit/veggies are gutload enough.

    I do not dust worms before feeding because I keep a bowl of vitimins and calcium in each tank and all my geckos have large calci pillows under their arms as it is.

    Mealworms are pretty simple to breed as long as they are provided food and moisture they pretty much breed themselves. Mealworms thrive on neglect basically. Just make sure overcrowding is not an issue as this will cut into your egg yields.

    Superworms are slightly more challenging due to the fact that they usually dont pupate on their own. You must separate them and stress them before they pupate. You put them in small container by themselves with no food or moisture and they will eventually pupate or die.
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    ahh that's cool!

    At our store we have mini meal worms, giants, and supers. The supers are all too big for my critters, they are all babies. and the mini's are way to stinking small, they could eat like 30...so I have to use the giants, but now I feel bad, I didn't know they used hormones...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitterbeauty View Post

    There is a debate on whether mealworms can be gutloaded or not. I am on the fence. But oats and fruit/veggies are gutload enough.
    Well you should note that its not just Mealworms that cannot be gutloaded it is any sort of Larvae(Which Meal and Superworms are). But feeding them to keep them alive obviously still needs to be done.

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    Ive never heard that mealworms or superworms cannot be gutloaded. What have you guys based this on?

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    Awesome pics and description! And I can say the gut load is great and your home grown meal worms are too
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    great post!!! ok so ive seen baby mealies... and they are tinie tiny wee lil! lol... what about baby supers??? i had 3 super pupaes, im down to one... i dont think i had the luck to have em lay some eggs... *shrugs* any chance of baby supers?
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    Cool Topic and Great Pics. Your mealie tub looks like mine, all the mealies hooked on the carrot, lol

    I'm scared to feed superworms, everyone talks about how mean they are, lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bennayboi View Post
    Ive never heard that mealworms or superworms cannot be gutloaded. What have you guys based this on?
    Im not sure about the subject but I have been told that larvae stage insects cannot be gutloaded. Like I said I am on the fence about it because technically I think anything that eats can be gutloaded....but I dunno.
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