Can dermestid beetles be raised on cat kibble?

bugmankeith

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I have cat food which has protein in it, can they live on this? Will adult beetles drink moisture from apples and carrots? I don't want to raise on flesh.

Also in warm weather will beetles stay on and eat carrion I find outside?
 

Ellenantula

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Do you breed roaches or crickets -- derms (assuming you don't have thousands) could live well off the waste and dead ones in a colony.
If you have a lot of them -- they could also demolish your feeder colonies. lol

But yeah, I think they will eat just about anything, so catfood should also work.
 

bugmankeith

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I just wanted to raise some for fun. I don't have any insects so I'll use the cat kibble.
 
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