Bean Beetle Culture Media
Size: 32 oz
Black eyed peas, or cowpeas are a bean that is popular in the Southern US, Africa, and Asia. They tolerate heat, drought and humidity much better than common beans do which make them the ideal environment for Bean Beetles. Adults do not require any food or water, they only require cowpeas on which to lay their eggs. They live for 10-14 days and lay a single egg on each bean. The larva will burrow into the bean where it will then feed, pupate, and eventually emerge as an adult beetle.
Directions: To use this media to create a new culture or to add to an existing one simply pour a couple inches of black eyed peas into the culture container of choice. Put coffee filters or cardboard tubes in the culture for the bean beetles to stand on once they emerge. Be sure to include a few beetles into the new culture to keep it populated. When the population boom occurs feed out the adult beetles by pulling out the coffee filters and/or cardboard toilet paper tubes from the container and shake them off into the feeding cup. Keep feeding out the 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.