Caught a glimpse of a beetle in the bin. Pretty sure it was a darkling beetle and not a local invader. If so, evidence that they are at least healthy enough to pupate and morph into beetles on a diet of mostly styrofoam.
Location: Colorado County, TX, USA. 8b/9a. Humid subtropical, drought & flood prone
I got some normal mealworms about a week ago. They don’t seem to be interested in eating the plastic grocery bag I gave them, or the styrofoam takeout container. Maybe they are just so small compared to the superworms that their depredations are not apparent yet. I thought about trying to put them all in the same bin, but I feel like the superworms might just eat the mealworms. Some of the mealworms did crawl over into the corner of their bin and pupate already, so I feel like they may be more easily self-perpetuating than the superworms. But in my opinion they are not as cool. I really want to get some worms to eat polyethylene, but so far no dice.
I am beyond excited about this! I have bred these guys before as snacks for my chickens but had no idea that they could help in my recycling efforts. I had great success using oatmeal as a substrate. They will eat their eggs as well as their pupa so I sifted the substrate regularly to separate them out. Your numbers will increase faster this way. I got my first batch of these worms at shop that sells Live Bait. Very cheap. Thank you Jennifer for sharing this!
So far the BSF larvae are doing great, cleaning up the dead Superworms and Red Wigglers. I don't expect them to eat any of the remaining polystyrene, but I hope they will turn the rest of the bin contents into a uniform soil-like material which I can send off to the lab.
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