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PostSubject: Cricket caterpillars?   3/1/2011, 8:13 am

Quick and simple.

Why on earth is there a bunch of caterpillars in the tub with my crickets?

Can they be fed to my scorps?

And, are they going to eat the rest of my crickets?
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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/1/2011, 8:45 am

Hi mate, I read (quite a while ago though) that the livefood breeders use them to keep things clean in a similar way to isopods and you'll always have them in your crickets. How true this is I don't know.

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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/1/2011, 8:49 am

lol i always wondered what those thigs are ...my sister feeds them to her frogs + newts when she gets them in the tubs of crickets, they freak me out lol so i just leave them in there to rot

well ive just done a little search and they are they're beetle larvae and can be a pest with regards to crickets also if consumed they can cause parasites
They are the larvae of Hide beetles, and they get in as a pest from the breeders. They can devastate breeders stock. Many people believe they are put in to eat the dead crickets but not so.

so no i wouldnt feed them Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/1/2011, 8:54 am

Ah maybe I was wrong lol

Those beetles are so annoying! Whenever you open the tub they hatch a plan to climb to the highest point and fly out Laughing

Yeah mine get left in there.

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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/1/2011, 9:04 am

Eurgh, creepy little things.

I should probably remove them before I end up with a tub full of flying beetles.
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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/1/2011, 9:06 am

from what i read they eat the crickets too so prob best to remove them..no wonder i end up with half a tub dead lol

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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/1/2011, 9:10 am

That would explain why they're rapidly disappearing.

I have enough problems with the crickets eating eachother I don't need little fuzzy larvae adding to the problem. Mad

This is the last time I buy crickets, I'm switching back to locusts.
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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/1/2011, 9:36 am

Roaches FTW Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/1/2011, 9:45 am

JamieLawrence wrote:
Roaches FTW Very Happy

+1 Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/1/2011, 9:49 am

I would use roaches I just don't know anywhere around here that sells them. They're rare around these parts, the main feeders are locusts, worms and crickets.
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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/1/2011, 11:09 am

We don't see roaches round here either so have never used then as yet

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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/1/2011, 1:09 pm

Hahaha look why I just found 5 of in our brown crickets!!! Not fuzzy little freaks now!! And they fly too!!







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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/1/2011, 2:49 pm

This site seems ok, haven't used them personally though. I got my starter colony at SEAS but yeah I haven't seen them in any pet shops around here. I don't think it's worth buying them just as feeders but starting a colony is great.

Roachcolony.co.uk

Yep they're the escape artist beetles! Come to think of it they probably are a pest to live food as when I order my crickets in bulk from the net (beardies get through alot) from a good place they don't have any fuzzy things. But when I get them from the pet shop they do.

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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/2/2011, 6:28 pm

That thing is hideous. It's like the darkling beetle's evil twin brother. Too late for removing mine though. I have three crickets left and about fifty thousand of those grubs.

And I'll definitely be looking into that site Jamie, one hundred small roaches for ten quid sound very reasonable.
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PostSubject: Re: Cricket caterpillars?   3/2/2011, 11:56 pm

Jamie do roaches make noise or anything?? Like I said we have never used them are they suitable for all scorps ( can u get small ones?) would like to be self sufuciant with feeders but dunno if I have the space really, will have to look up iitamadochi1 roach post I think too Smile

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