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PostSubject: found this in one of my tanks   8/18/2008, 6:34 pm

SI was cleaning out my cricket tank and I found these caterpillar like things that were eating the dead crickets. I manged to get a couple shots of one i wanna know if you know what they are and if i can pit them in with my scorps?

If this might help with the IDing of them i got a beetle with my last little bit of crickets i got. i just left it with them.



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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/18/2008, 6:51 pm

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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/18/2008, 6:53 pm

I was told these are like clean up crew bugs! they eat all the dead and left over crickets but dont attack scorpions as far as i am aware.

When a tub of crickets has finished i bang them in with the scorpions, they clean up the left over crickets.... then the scorpions eat them lol! bonus!
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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/18/2008, 7:21 pm

yeah they are fuzzy wuzzys wooo be glad you found them they eat poop and everything the keep crickets smelling nice anyway. mike can tell you the proper name
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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/18/2008, 10:27 pm

Dermestid beetle larva.

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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/18/2008, 10:35 pm

well i can just never remember it, plus fuzzy wuzzies works for them really dontya think lmao
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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/19/2008, 1:25 am

are they going to be able to go with the scorplings or just adults?
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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/19/2008, 3:31 am

Well if its no threat to a scorpion and only after poo and left overs, I cant imagine it would be a threat to scorplings.

Ive never seen one not had one...but I want one dammit! since I cleaned my scorpling tank, the little clean up mites are gone...and the scorplings are pooping all over the place and gah...mess!
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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/19/2008, 6:43 am

Crap! I had a bunch of these in my cricket tank a couple-months-ago and I thought they were bad, so I exterminated them. I should've kept them.

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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/19/2008, 9:21 am

Some species are bad, but I don't know if that's the same as found in the crickets -- and the adults can fly.

Bad species will eat either preserved insect collections or your dry goods. The former is evidenced by piles of dust under bugs in collections, the latter by beetles running amok in your pantry.

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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/19/2008, 4:06 pm

i belive they are allso called Bufflo worms.. they are pretty good for cleaning mites and orther stuff in cricket tanks..

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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/19/2008, 4:22 pm

cant believe you aint seen them before connie. I must admit when i first saw them i just chucked them away when i got the crickets out. now i bang them in the tank but its only recently i realised they were 'good guys'
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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/19/2008, 4:53 pm

i love em, as i get crickets in by the thousand and without those lil guys they start to smell really bad really fast lol
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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/19/2008, 5:00 pm

upon further research on these little guys i think i will just leavem to the crickets. cuz i read that there used to strip the remaning flesh off of bones so i could imagine what it would do to a molting invert:(
i read that if the beetle stage of this larva is eaten by your reptile it could eat its way out of you reptile


i checked up on buffalo worms those look like small meal worms
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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/19/2008, 5:09 pm

ignore the beetles eating out myth it is a rumour and has never been proven, they say the same about morio worms
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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/20/2008, 1:04 pm

rolly-pollies! i get these in my cricket boxes alot. i keep them in thier own boxes and i put them in the scorp tanks regularly. (not the babies' tanks 'cause they eat them)
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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/21/2008, 10:15 am

As was said several times earlier, those aren't isopods. They're >>dermestid beetle<< larvae.

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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/21/2008, 11:21 am

i know they are dermetid larvae. isn't that what was meant by rolly pollies? i have dermestid beetles running around my room.
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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/21/2008, 1:33 pm

"Rollie-pollies," as far as I'm aware, only refers to terrestrial isopods.

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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/21/2008, 2:16 pm



^^^^ that is a rollie pollie also called pill nug, some people call them woodlice, but woodlice are different as they cant roll into a ball shape




^^^^ thats a Dermestid beetle larvae or fuzzy wuzzie
now you can see the difference lol
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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/21/2008, 3:14 pm

ahhhhhh.
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PostSubject: Re: found this in one of my tanks   8/21/2008, 3:21 pm

the larvae ate Dans lizards tail *Adams brother*
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