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You can raise/breed waxworms (waxmoths)

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For some of you who live in the U.S., you can buy Waxmoth diet so all you do is buy waxworms, pour the artificial diet in a tank, let the waxworms eat and pupate, and after the moths emerge they mate and lay eggs in the artificial diet. The waxworms leave a thin trail of silk on the bottom so after a while you need to add new food but it takes a while for this to happen.

Warning, do not have in a hot place, the diet (mainly wax) and the waxworms will melt if they get too hot. I raised them and this started to happen all I did was move the tank to a slightly cooler area and they were fine as long as the room is not too cold.

kit- http://www.enasco.com/product/LM00196M
artificial diet- http://www.enasco.com/product/SB07054(LM)M



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Whilst searching the threads I came upon this post and have a few questions to add...

I've also heard of using oatmeal and honey as a media for waxmoth culturing...would you say this is sufficient?

What temp ranges would you recommend? I'm assuming room temperature is too cold. What heating methods do you use?

How large of a container should x amount of worms be kept in?

How long does it take for the larvae to mature into moths?

Any advice for a newb?




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I use the same method as found on Alan Cann's blog.
It uses honey as one of the ingredients and some cerial stuff (forgot the english names) and some other things. It works really well and it is very cheap as well.
I kept them on room temperature (around 23 degrees celcius) and they breed like crazy. In the winter they should've been warmer since the culture was going very slow.

Alan's site can be found here.
It doesn't load for me at the moment, but that can be my connection at work.



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Hmm, looks like Virgin has broken my old website, so I've posted the waxmoth culture information again here:

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