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Old 11-09-2006, 12:41 AM
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Found these today in a web along the top rim of a barrel of corn. They are white larvae with a dark head. Anyone recognize them? Can they be cultured?
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Definitely look like some sort of maggot.

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Meal moths
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Did you see any adults flying around?

They are a great supplemetal source of nutition when used sparingly
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they look like good food for frogs
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Definitely meal moths. Ed's Fly Meat sells them along with media and supplies for culturing them. I have a couple cultures and my terribilis and other larger frogs love the maggots.
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I feed them to all my frogs (different sizes), pums and even amazonicus takes them w/out problem. Their better to use instead of flour bettle larvae for the shier frogs bcause the stay alive until they eat them. Less waste.

Be real careful not to let the moths escape in your house or you'll have a fun time trying to keep them out of your pantry.
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What's the best way to culture them?
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Um - nuggets of corn?!?

Sure looks like it anyhow.

I have heard of them doing well in bird seed or dog food.

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yes, I threw the corn in there because they seemed to be doing well in the barrel. I was just wondering if there was a better medium that is commonly used.
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You can get a commercial media from Ed's Flymeat but they also do very well in almost any grain based substrate. They will culture pretty well in any organic commercial poultry feed. (I suggest commercial as there has been at one report of reproductive disruptions in herps due to trace pesticides and herbicides in poultry feeds used to rear mealworms) (see the article on parthnogenic whiptails in Captive Management and Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles).


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Having dealt with two moth infestations in my lifetime I can tell you that it is a miserable and costly experience to deal with. Take the previous warning to heart.
In one case I bought one bag of infested rice and it took a year of cleaning and throwing out of food to rid myself of them.
On the second go around it was the same thing and I replaced the kitchen cabinets as part of a kitchen upgrade which also helped to cure the problem.
I've stayed away from culturing meal moths for that reason.

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