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This is a discussion on Waxworm problem within the Waxworms, Mealworms, Maggots, etc forums, part of the Food: Live, Frozen, Freeze-Dried, Pellets, etc category; I have a container of wax worms and I noticed that about half of them have black dots on them. ...

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Old 19th April 2005   #1 (permalink)
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I have a container of wax worms and I noticed that about half of them have black dots on them. They almost look like specks that can be removed but they are adhered to their skin. Could this be a disease or fungus of some sort? I don't believe that it has anything to do with metamorphosis because both the large and very small waxworms have this. At the time I have not fed any of these to my animals, I want to be careful. Any ideas as to what it could be?



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I have noticed this black speckling on shop bought waxworms many times, although I dont think Ive ever had it on any home cultured waxies.
I have always still used the speckled waxworms as food items, and have never had a problem with them.



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I too have never had a problem with using these waxworms.



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Thanks for the replies. I will probably use these waxworms soon.



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