Breeding Mealworms: 5. Pupa to beetle

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Earlier posts: 1; 2; 3 and 4.

Newly emerged beetle
Newly emerged beetle

The adult beetles will emerge from the pupae after 3-30 days, depending on environmental conditions LINK.

another view of the newly emerged beetle
Another view of the newly emerged beetle

The pupa is whitish, turning brown with time. It lies about helplessly, wriggling at intervals.

Newly emerged beetle with old pupa skin
Newly emerged beetle with old pupa skin

Within one to three weeks it will struggle to rid itself of the old pupal skin to emerge as a beetle LINK.

Newly emerged beetle after discarding the old pupa skin
Newly emerged beetle after discarding the old pupa skin

The newly emerged beetle is whitish with various parts light brown (see video below).

With time the beetle will turn brown, darkening as the days go by.

YC Wee
Singapore
16th December 2016

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