Looking for ideas for large feeders

Herpin Man

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I'm brand new here. My interest in inverts is primarily culturing feeders for my amphibians and reptiles.
I'm looking for something bigger and reasonably prolific that I can culture easily, that is not a roach. I am beginning to develop allergies to them. I was initially looking at fruit beetles (Pachnoda), but haven't been successful at finding them in the U.S. Any thoughts? These will feed primarily African fat tailed geckos. I already do superworms, and have a difficult time getting crickets reliably delivered to me in the winter, in case you're wondering.
I like offering a variety, and would be open to anything that doesn't have overly elaborate care and breeding requirements.
 

VaporRyder

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I'm brand new here. My interest in inverts is primarily culturing feeders for my amphibians and reptiles.
I'm looking for something bigger and reasonably prolific that I can culture easily, that is not a roach. I am beginning to develop allergies to them. I was initially looking at fruit beetles (Pachnoda), but haven't been successful at finding them in the U.S. Any thoughts? These will feed primarily African fat tailed geckos. I already do superworms, and have a difficult time getting crickets reliably delivered to me in the winter, in case you're wondering.
I like offering a variety, and would be open to anything that doesn't have overly elaborate care and breeding requirements.
I’m not an expert, in fact I know nothing at all about breeding insects - but, I did manage to accidentally breed locust in a warm and moist fossorial tarantula enclosure a few years ago! (So I’m assuming they're pretty easy to breed intentionally). As adults, locust are pretty big.
 
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Tarantuland

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I’m allergic to roaches, crickets, mealworms etc. Certain ones I can be around minimally, but crickets are the worst for me. Hornworms are my go to feeder, but as they are expensive, I have been trying to breed them. I haven’t been successful so far but once I get it down that’s my plan for the future.
 

Acro

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Harlequin beetle Gymnetis thula (formerly G. caseyi) larvae? It is a US species that is fairly easy to raise.

Try Wax Worms, Butterworms, Black Solder Fly Larvae?
 

Beetles

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I'm brand new here. My interest in inverts is primarily culturing feeders for my amphibians and reptiles.
I'm looking for something bigger and reasonably prolific that I can culture easily, that is not a roach. I am beginning to develop allergies to them. I was initially looking at fruit beetles (Pachnoda), but haven't been successful at finding them in the U.S. Any thoughts? These will feed primarily African fat tailed geckos. I already do superworms, and have a difficult time getting crickets reliably delivered to me in the winter, in case you're wondering.
I like offering a variety, and would be open to anything that doesn't have overly elaborate care and breeding requirements.
You wont easily find pachnoda for sale in the US.
 

Acro

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You wont easily find pachnoda for sale in the US.
Gymnetis thula (formerly G. caseyi) is a great native species to substitute for pachnoda and G. thula are easy to raise if you have dried leaves.
 

Smotzer

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Zophobas morio or superworms are pretty easy to keep the and get to a good larger size about 2in for a feeder that’s not roaches or crickets.
 

VaporRyder

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I think this is a dead thread. The OP joined on August 31st, posted this one question, and hasn’t been seen since. Hope he’s OK.
 
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