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      How to Breed Superworms – Tutorial Video

      Superworms are a popular feeder option for reptiles.  They are full of fat and protein, and very low in fiber.  One downside is that they have a poor calcium to phosphorus ratio.  This means you’ll need to dust your superworms with calcium powder before offering them as a meal.  But even, with such a poor calcium to phosphorus ratio, that might not be enough.  So that’s worth keeping in mind.

      how to breed superworms

      Breeding superworms is more challenging than breeding crickets.  So we created the superworm breeding tutorial video that demonstrates the steps required.  But the quick summary is that superworms hatch from eggs, and will take about 4-5 months to grow into a 2″ superworms.  Once they reach this size, you’ll want to cup them, and isolate them.  You can see this demonstration in the video.  But after you cup them, place them in a dark, warm area at about 80 degrees.  And in about 2-3 weeks, they will transform into the pupa.

      superworm pupa

      And then in about another 1-2 weeks, they will transform into a darkling beetle.

      superworm beelte

      At this point, you should have plenty of newly morphed beetles.  These beetles need to be placed into a breeding bin.  The breeding bin will require ground oats, or our own bug food for bedding material.  Add some egg crates, because the beetles will like to congregate in the nooks and crannies, a reproduce.

      But it’s important to make sure you’re offering the beetles a hydrating source of food.   The beetles will get their hydration off that food.  If they are not offered this hydrating food (lettuce, potatoes, carrots, etc), then they will eat the eggs or baby superworms.  So it’s critical that you check your breeding bins daily, to make sure you beetles are happy and nourished, or they will feast on the eggs.

      After about 2 weeks, you will relocate the beetles into a new breeding bin, with the exact same set up.  And in about 1-2 weeks, you should have baby superworms hatching in the original bin.

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