Bean weevels or Acanthoscelides obtectus
The bean weevils can be very easely be hatched and
is a cheap and easy living food for terrarium animals
like frogs, lizards and salamander.
They can also be given to fishes and watersalamanders
as they are bad swimmers and attract fishes by there
clumsy movements when fallen on the water.
Biggest disadvance is there slow live circle.
It take 2 to 3 months for a live circle at room temperature.
Bean weevels are a cheap alternativ for
bean weevils in youre vegetable garden
Bean weevil is a devastating storage insect pest,
easy capable of causing severe bean crop loss in youre
There are two ways to prevent this:
Store the beans in a freezer for three days.
This will kill larvea, eggs and adults.
The taste of the beans will not be affected.
Or you can shake youre beans, this will crush
the adults and the eggs. Shake them once a day
about 10 times.
Beetles on this website:
Confused flour beetle
Green Tiger Beetle
Green shield bug
Greater Silver Diving Beetle
How to raise the bean weevil
All kind of dried beans can be used, like
kidney-beans, haricot. Larger beans also give
large bean weevils. The highest yield gives the
black-eyed pea, also called black-eyed bean.
an infected bean
bean weevil propagation
Use only dried beans
Raise te bean weevils at room temperature.
The female lays an average of 75 eggs, singly,
on or near the beans. The eggs hatch in 1 or 3 weeks.
Don't shake the beans : the eggs will be crushed.
It takes 3 to 10 weeks to develop from larvae into
Black-eyed-beans give the fastest bean weevil
yield, but are not the most economical beans.
This is done at 30 degrees Celsius. Bean weavils will
Commercial bean weevil hatching
warm up beans if they are in large amounts by there
own body temperature. Bean weavils get killed at 42
A Bean weevil on the run.
The adult bean weevil
The bean weevil don't eat legumes but feed on nectar.
You can feed them with water with sugar added.
Watch out, as bean weevers are bad swimmers.
Put some something in the water to prevent
youre been weevils sinking and drowing.
The livespan of an adult is short, some weeks.
Adults and larvae can be separated easely by using
a strainer. Males are twice as large as females.
A bean weevil on a infected white bean.
Give youre frogs, fishes, lizards and salamanders living food.
have a look:
food for fishes and salamanders
Cyclops , a copepod
house mosquito larvae