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Rice (Confused) Flour Beetle Colony

Rice (Confused) Flour Beetle Colony

Also known as Rice Flour Beetles or Confused Flour Beetles. This Beetle mini-colony is perfect for feeding extra-small spiderlings between 1/4-1/2" leg-span. For spiderlings over 1/2" we recommend "pinhead" B. lateralis. 

Jamie's Tarantulas Rice Flour Beetle Colony Includes;

-4fl oz media

-8oz deli cup with poly lid

-Minimum of 10 live beetles/larvae 

We keep flour beetles due to their ease of care as we've found fly and springtails colonies more finicky & cumbersome. We love this hardy feeder insect and so do our small spiderlings!

Care: Beetle colonies do well kept at room temperature however, they reproduce most quickly around 80-85 degrees fahrenheit. Colonies thrive in a wide range of conditions which is why they're often considered a pest species.  No water is needed. Keep out of direct sunlight. If you wish to keep the colony going replace colony media every 4-6 months.

Feeding: The beetles are fairly good at hiding in the media, the larvae are extra sneaky. You'll want to turn the substrate, pause and look for movement in order to locate them. The beetles range from dark red to black, the larvae are smaller and cream-colored. Scoop up beetles/larvae with the end of a spoon and deposit into the tarantula enclosure. Sifting the colony with a flour sifter will help separate the beetles. Tip: Spiderlings seem to prefer the larger larvae to the adult beetles.

Please note: If allowed to escape flour beetles can make their way into unsecured food sources. If you are looking for a non-invasive species we recommend flightless fruit flies or springtails or if the spiderling is over 1/2" "Pinhead" roaches or crickets.

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