How To Breed Superworms

Save Money Breeding Your Own Superworms

If your going to the pet store on a weekly basis to buy feeder insects you quickly see that feeding chameleons is not cheap. The going rate for a large cricket or superworm is .14 cents a piece. May not seem like much but buy 3 dozen crickets that’s $5.04 plus tax. My two chameleons and five leopard geckos eat that bag of crickets in one meal.

One of my favorite insects is the Superworm or (zophobas beetle) for so many reasons.

  • Reptiles love them
  • Don’t smell
  • Easy to gut load
  • Simple to breed
  • Don’t require a special diet

What you need to start a Superworm colony

50 superworms would be enough to get you going. You are going to need to isolate the worms into their own container so they turn into the pupae stage and eventually into a beetle.

Tackle boxes make great larva separators

I use a tackle box to separate the superworm larva from each other. You could put them in individual Dixie cups or buy 7 day pill organizers from the Dollar store. Once you have the super worms in their own container you’re going to want to put it somewhere dark that’s at least 75 degrees F. If possible I would keep your superworm colony at 85 degrees F to really speed up the metamorphosis from larva to beetle.

Check on the larva a couple of times a week and you will notice the larva curling up into a C position. That’s what you want. If you see worms that have turned black just throw them away and replace them with new worms. In about two weeks you will have a superworm in its pupa stage like picture C below.

Photo Credit Research Gate

Once the superworm turns into a pupa I take them out and put them in a container with wheat bran bedding. Depending on the temperature the pupa will turn into a beetle in about another two weeks. Once you have your beetles you’re in business.

Keep your beetles in a rubbermaid  container with wheat bran as a bedding. You also need to provide moisture through fruits and vegetables. I give them apple cores and sliced up carrots and potatoes. The beetles will begin laying eggs in the bedding every day. Then what I do is remove the beetles after about 2 months and place them in a new container to begin laying again.

The bin that you removed with the eggs in it needs to be treated with care. Keep the bin in a warm place and provide enough moisture with fruit because superworms will cannibalize each other if they don’t have water available. Over the next several weeks you will begin to see little baby worms. Congratulations you are now a superworm breeder.

Great Superworm breeding video

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