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FwoGiZ
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# Posted: 26 Feb 2010 03:47


Anyone ever used those bugs for feeding? I am not planning on putting any of my frogs on a staple diet of those, just for an occasional treat, to diversify their diet. They have quite a hard body but not very big at the same time.



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Tony C
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# Posted: 26 Feb 2010 06:19


I have never used them, but they seem to be popular among dart frog keepers.

gothaicus
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# Posted: 26 Feb 2010 07:26


They boom like crazy for about two weeks then next to nothing for two weeks until the next boom.

I think they are pretty cool. My darts seem to like them but sometimes have a hard time eating them. (but I feed like 90% wingless melanos...so the beetles are quite a large food item in comparison)

Check these out....
http://www.beanbeetles.org/handbook/handbook.pdf
http://www.beanbeetles.org/index.html


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FwoGiZ
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# Posted: 26 Feb 2010 19:09


Thanks a lot!


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kerokero
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# Posted: 8 Mar 2010 01:55


They took some getting used to, but most darts and mantellas seem to pick up on them. Many frogs that like similar sized foods seem to go for them too. Sooooooooooo easy to care for them, worth just keeping around as a treat. Only issue I had was they eventually boomed so well that I had too much and had to freeze extras!


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# Posted: 8 Mar 2010 05:21


Only issue I had was they eventually boomed so well that I had too much and had to freeze extras!
I cannot wait. lol
I just started a couple more cultures a couple of weeks ago....so I guess I'm in for a surprise.


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FwoGiZ
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# Posted: 8 Mar 2010 06:22


I read they have a life span of around 2 weeks so I guess you should be having booms every 2 weeks? right now my peepers, reeds, fbts and such small frogs seems to really be enjoying them
like kero said, they re definately worth keeping even just as a treat only because of the ease of care! I thought dubias was the easiest...


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# Posted: 9 Mar 2010 01:28


Well shoot, all you do is add beetles to the dry peas (dry black eyed peas are cheap and everywhere), sit on shelf, and remember to feed them out when the container is bursting with beetles! I usually grab a bunch out, start new cultures, and feed out the rest

About the "life span" - you got the number right but are interpreting it incorrectly. Generation times (egg to adult that comes out of the bean) can range from 7 weeks (room temp) down to 3-4 weeks (kept at 86F) [numbers pulled from the Bean Beetle reference guide in the links above - great read btw - mine took about 5 weeks because I kept them on heat tape]. Basically, expect 3-7 weeks of staring at beans depending on the temps. The "lifespan of two weeks" is in reference to how long the adults last. After they come out of the bean, they only live for up to two weeks.

I didn't pay much attention to them but could hear them plinking once the adults hatched out. They'd climb to the top of the FF cup, lose their grip, and fall. Have enough of them and you can hear it in a quiet room lol.


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