- Mar 14, 2016
Hello! I decided that it would be a fun project to attempt to raise mealworms into beetles and maybe try to breed them (not for another animal's food), so I picked up 50 from my local pet store. I currently have them housed in a standard plastic shoebox with about an inch of oats as substrate. I make sure they always have a slice of apple or two for water and I replace it every few days. I have now had them for about two weeks. I noticed recently that several of the larger mealworms have been staying at the top lately, instead of burrowing like they have been. Are they getting ready to molt or pupate? Also, for future reference, can the beetles climb plastic and/or escape from the container? I would also appreciate any tips on how to raise the mealworms or breed the beetles. Thank you!