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Old 05-12-2009, 01:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have never cultured these guys but I bought some a few weeks back. They seemed to have died off but I have been told that they go through dormant periods. I also noticed the new beans have salt like bumps on them, is this eggs or something of that nature? Should I keep them or throw them out? They seem to be VERY slow in producing.

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Hey Tony,

I know Andy at Brooklyn Dart Frogs cultures been beatles regularly. He has a pretty good system going. Either shoot him a pm or email him at his site.

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I have heard about them, and almost bought a few when Brooklyn posted them for sale. Please keep ups posted on whats going on with yours.

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I have never cultured these guys but I bought some a few weeks back. They seemed to have died off but I have been told that they go through dormant periods. I also noticed the new beans have salt like bumps on them, is this eggs or something of that nature? Should I keep them or throw them out? They seem to be VERY slow in producing.

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The bumps on the beans are eggs. Keep the culture. The issue with bean beetles is that the adult beetle lifespan is about 14 days, and the time from hatching to exiting the pupa is usually about 30 days (at 76 to 78 degrees), so you often have a couple weeks between blooms when you have an jar full of beans and no beetles. This makes them difficult to use as a staple food source, but when a culture blooms, you have a ton of food. Add a new layer of black-eyed peas each time it hatches (or split the culture and add new peas) to ensure it keeps producing.
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I have been there done that. They are quite easy to breed. Just be warned that if temps get to high or low they will die. Also another thing to remember is that although these insects are readily available now, keep an eye on the invasive species listings as they are just as invasive to crops as termites are to wood. If you have cultures and do not want them anymore, just freeze the container. Mine bred every 3 to 4 weeks and all I did was keep them in a decently warm location (72-74F) and filled the container half way with beans. That's it. When I was ready to make another culture I dumped a small portion of the beans and some beetles into the next. They are easy and nutritional for your frogs. Just remember that it is best, although based on preference, to make sure you vary your animals diets. jehitch's idea is good too as this is another way of doing this. I never replace the beans until I see that the layers are fully eaten or needs to be replaced, but to each his/her own.
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Thanks for the feed back guys/gals. I'm definately not trying to use these guys as a staple just want to give them variety. Down here in Texas I field sweep termites and other various insects during the warmer month. Thanks again,

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Thanks for the feed back guys/gals. I'm definately not trying to use these guys as a staple just want to give them variety. Down here in Texas I field sweep termites and other various insects during the warmer month. Thanks again,

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LOL Here in GA I do the same. Figured it was worth mentioning.
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