I have been able to document almost all the stages of the meal worm now. It’s been a lot of fun. Continue reading only if pics of insects are of interest to you!
I just have left to show the darkling beetle in its black stage and show the eggs. I don’t know if those will be big enough to photograph. So far this whole process has taken 2 and 1/2 weeks!
Update: Aug 25, 2012
I have now been through 2 complete cycles. My worms now are the size of the original ones I purchased and will soon be ready to pupate. The first complete cycle took 4 months and the second cycle took 4.5 months. The difference was probably because for the second cycle I saved the worms that developed later in the batch to make more beetles. The earlier ones were frozen or fed to the chickies.
I must say it would be very easy to compound your numbers very quickly. I started off with 250 meal worms. I fed about 50 to the chickens for a tastey taste. The next batch I only kept a portion and that was more like 600. Additionally I froze about 400 and fed the peeps another 500, probably more.
200—-> 1500 1st batch
600 (kept)—> 4,500 potentially 2nd batch
I will be switching out of my square foot boxes and into some underbed sweater boxes.