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Bean Beetle Cultures

Bean Beetle Culture (Callosobruchus maculatus)

These extremely prolific,easy to culture insects, are a wonderful addition to the diets of frogs, small, bearded dragons, geckos, chameleons and insects such as turantulas or mantids. Bean beetles are 30% higher in protein than a cricket, which is important in fast growing species to attain optimum size and health. While bean beetles may actually be too large to feed tiny frogs, they are perfect for most species. These are and ideal insect for hobbyists looking to add variety for their animals with minimum effort, mess, and smell.


Bean beetle cultures will produce for several weeks. Don't throw out culture once all insects have been fed out, as the adults have laid eggs inside the beans. These will hatch out and rejuvinate the culture in approximately 4-6 weeks. Add a 1-2 inch layer of fresh beans to feed the hatchlings.

Instructions for long term cultivating of Bean Beetles
1- Purchase a  a starter culture, which is beetles, and or beans with eggs in them.
2- Line a container with 1-2 inches of dry uncooked, unsoaked beans. Beetles need these beans in order to lay their eggs and eat. The beetles seem to prefer black-eyed pea. However most dried beans will work just fine.
3- The young bean beetles will eat the beans they emerge from, and require no other food or water.
4 -Create a secure lid for the beetles, as they can fly, but mostly flutter and crawl. We use tall deli cups with holes in the lid and coffe filters to prevent escaping.
5- Separate a culture that is in full bloom into four or five cultures for rotation. Make sure to always having at least one culture available for use while the others grow more beetles. This process takes about 4-6 weeks depending on the temperature.
6-Adult bean beetles only live for a few weeks. To prolong the life of your culture, feed off often to avoid over crowding, remove any dead beetles and keep temperatures between 74-80 degrees with low humidity.

7-Once culture starts to flourish, add a 1-2 inch layer of fresh beans to the cultures. This keeps the insects eating and reproducing for months in a single culture. Take care to not allow over population as the dead, and or feces will contaminate the entire culture, causing it to die off. Add fresh beans every 3 weeks or so until deli cup is no more than 1/2 full. This will prevent over crowding of the culture.

For more information on feeding out beetles and culturing, see our Video section located under Pet Shop on the main toolbar above.