Bean Beetle Culture
Size: 32 oz container with 30 to 40 adults
Callosobruchus maculatus, or Bean Beetles are somewhat of a less common food item, but are very prolific, extremely easy to culture, and make a wonderful addition to the varied diets of larger dart frog species, tree frogs, geckos, chameleons and mantids. Bean beetles feed on black eyed peas (cowpeas) and offer 30% more protein than a cricket while only being slightly larger than hydei fruit flies. Adult Bean Beetles do not require any food or water. They live for 10-14 days mating and laying eggs. Females lay a single egg on each bean. The larva then burrows into the bean where it will feed, pupate, and then 30-45 days later will emerge as an adult beetle completing the cycle. There will be one huge population boom around day 30 and another smaller boom approximately 30 days after that.
Directions: To create a new culture from an existing one simply add a couple inches of new black eyed peas to the existing used ones. Make sure to leave a few adult beetles in the culture to keep it populated. To feed out adult beetles put coffee filters or cardboard toilet paper rolls in the container and simply shake the beetles off to be fed. Keep feeding out beetles at a steady pace so that they do not over populate the culture. Ideal temperatures are 75-79 with low humidity. No watering is necessary.