Gail, I did a little bit of research, and I saw some reccomendations to put honey and bran in with the wax worms to eat. I also saw a suggestion to put some crumpled up wax paper in there for the moths to lay eggs on. And then the cycle can continue.Originally posted by Gail
I raise waxworms into moths for my aboreals. First thing is, don't keep them in the fridge. All you need to do is place them and the sawdust they are in into a plastic shoe box. You want them to be spread thin, so to speak, so the sawdust is only about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Then put them in a warm spot and wait. Check every few days and remove the dead ones - they'll be black and shriveled worms - and watch for the pupae which start out tan and progress to reddish brown to dark brown as they get ready to hatch into moths. As long as the wax worms you start out with are a decent size, they don't need to be fed, just give them warmth and they will do their thing.
Actually, I did try the food and wax paper route the first time I got waxworms. I figured, hey, save myself some cash, raise them myself. Well, if you read the fine print (so to speak) on several of the sites that sell them, the honey and bran mix is "another way to raise waxworms" -http://www.wormman.com/Pets.htmlOriginally posted by Big Dragonfly
Gail, I did a little bit of research, and I saw some reccomendations to put honey and bran in with the wax worms to eat. I also saw a suggestion to put some crumpled up wax paper in there for the moths to lay eggs on. And then the cycle can continue.
Question is, do you think a ten gallon tank would be good for the purpose of breeding as well as rearing? Other wise, I think that the moths would all just take off when I take the lid off the shoe box. I could get a screen where only a portion opens up.