Found some in Dubia bin

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Not sure what they are found a few in my dubia bin, almost looks like a meal worm but darker. Can anyone ID? 4E02217B-7EAA-4D9B-86DB-7602455C3EF6.jpeg D6CA3F19-AD78-4E7C-B645-56C2996F3B63.jpeg
 

Matts inverts

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Moth larvae, can be a pest in large numbers. Some people that find them in there feeder bin use them as feeders for small insects but I don’t recommend it
 

MiaPow

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Oh good to know I was going to feed them to my anoles. Do you know the actual scientific name?
 

Polenth

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That looks more like a lesser mealworm larva (Alphitobius diaperinus) than a meal moth caterpillar (Plodia interpunctella). I'm not going to say this one is utterly certain, as a lot of beetle larvae look pretty similar. Easiest way to be sure is to let them finish growing.
 

MiaPow

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Polenta comparing the two pictures it almost looks like lesser mealworm.
 

RoachCoach

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@Polenth Is 100% correct. put it back in to keep your colony healthy. Do not feed it to any chicken though.
 

Salmonsaladsandwich

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I'm pretty sure it's just the adult beetles that are harmful to chickens due to the toxic quinones they produce. The larvae aren't toxic.
 
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