Questions tagged [insects]

A class of physically small but highly diverse arthropods; one of the most numerous groups of animals on the planet, though not often kept as pets. Questions might deal with those that are, such as mantids or hissing cockroachs; or with species that are kept as feeders for other pets. Note that this tag does not apply to spiders, centipedes, or other non-insect 'bugs'.

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How do I euthanise crickets?

I have some excess feeder crickets that I no longer have a use for. What is the most humane way to get rid of them?
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Caterpillar has stopped eating - what can be done?

I need some help with my caterpillar. I have two young caterpillars which hatched a while ago and I have one big one that doesn’t want to eat. He/she stopped eating 5-6 days ago which I know because I ...
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Building a Termite Farm

So me and my friend have decided to make a termite farm and with me and him both being in high school, we don't really know the best materials for it. We have looked it up and have only found a small ...
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Do ants mourn their dead?

Do ants exhibit any signs of grief (or other human-like emotions for that matter, i.e. affection..) such as mourning the loss of others from their colony, burying their dead, or trying to aid the ...
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Is an Australian Wolf Spider bite dangerous, particularly to small dogs?

In my backyard I have started to discover more and more, what appears to be "Wolf Spiders" - I know there are many many species of these, so for reference, my location is Western Australia. ...
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Caterpillar stopped eating

I'm not sure if this is the right place as it isn't really a normal pet. We found a caterpillar a few days a go, and decided to keep it until it turns in to a butterfly. We made him a habitat in a ...
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Where can I safely store a mantis egg sack until spring outside?

A praying mantis laid an egg sack a week ago. It was 60 degrees. The temp here will soon be falling to below 30. I'm in New York. I don't want to store egg sack in house and would like to keep it ...
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My praying mantis won’t molt? It’s been 3 months?

My praying mantis hasn’t molted in three months. She’s only molted twice in her life. The second time she molted she molded wrong and her front hands got stuck in skin so she can’t grab food. So I’ve ...
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New enviroment introduction for termites

How would I introduce termites that I capture to their new environment (a farm that I am building) without causing too much stress to them?
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My praying mantis pet is not eating and has 2 black lines on it's abdomen

There are 2 new black lines on my mantis's abdomen, which seems to be contracting. Almost like it's squeezing it. What is it? I don't think it used to have that. Secondly, it's also not eating, and ...
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What animal can be kept in a tank just under 3 gallons?

I recently had a pet beetle larvae pass away, leaving me with an empty tank. Seeing the empty tank just sitting there makes me pretty sad, so I was wondering if it was a good size for anything else. ...
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How to create an antnest outworld

I'm an antkeeper and was wondering if someone knows how to go about doing a proper antnest outworld. I did make some outworlds with sand to prevent my colony from digging to deep, but I was wondering ...
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Small gnats in roach colony

I have a small Dubai roach colony for my three bearded dragons. I have small little gnat-like bugs that will flock to the colony every week or so. It's not so bad as to affect the colony or the house ...
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Can a praying mantis ootheca die of humidity?

Some time ago, I found a New Zealand praying mantis laying an egg and the next day I collected the egg and hung it from a branch. I sprayed the container I put it in with water every day and now I'm ...
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What to feed newborn wheel bugs

My baby wheel bugs hatched recently, and I'm having a hard time finding food for them. I tried to make a fruit fly trap with a bottle, a funnel, and some smashed tomato, but I guess it's too cold ...
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How do I keep my supply of feeder crickets from keeping me awake at night?

In college, I had a pet lizard that ate crickets. However, the dorm room was quite small, and keeping crickets on hand proved problematic, as their chirping at night was annoying, and interfered with ...
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Is cholla wood safe for a bug terrarium?

Specifically, is cholla wood safe for a lidded terrarium that will house springtails? I'm not going to put any vertebrates in there, just springtails and maybe isopods later on. I know cholla is ...
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When will mantis eggsacks hatch if kept at room temperature?

I picked up a praying mantis from outside our apartment, just before the weather became freezing. Since then, we kept it in a fish tank, feeding it pet store-bought crickets. (I don't know the exact ...
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Is it OK for cats to eat centipedes? [duplicate]

My cat keeps eating centipedes! He was rescued on the street and remains an outdoor cat and occasional hunter. Indoors I've seen him eat centipedes more than once and each time I wonder if I should ...
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Camponotus queen ant eggs turning brown

My camponotus queens eggs are turning brown. Does anyone know why, or if it is good or bad, and if it is bad how do I fix it? Her eggs have been brown for some time. A Camponotus is a Carpenter ant
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Arthropods That Bond

I like arthropods a lot and enjoy keeping them, but most seem to be indifferent to humans or hate them, so are their any species of pet arthropods that enjoy interacting with humans and will bond with ...
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My mantis won't eat

I've had my mantis for 4 days now it hasn't eaten in those 4 days, last night and today it's started hanging on the top of it's terrarium and it hasn't been moving much. Is it dying or molting or ...
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Do Mosquitoes bite cats/kittens?

The weather has changed and mosquitoes are everywhere. I am a kitten owner and I want to know, do mosquitoes attack animals? kittens/cats/dogs. If yes, is my pet in danger?
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How can I free feed a cat without feeding the ants?

In the question Can I feed my cat whenever she wants? the OP feeds dry cat food, but is not able to leave the food out all the time as ants are an issue. Is it possible to place dry cat food so the ...
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What would I need in order to breed superworms?

I know superworms are the larval stage of a darkwing beetle. So if I were to purchase a container of superworms from the pet store. How would I go about starting a colony of my own superworms?
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Can I use a gecko to get rid of a cockroach infestation?

I am tired of having tons of dying cockroaches around my house from poison so I am thinking of letting a gecko loose in my house to help get rid of the infestation. I would stop using the poison and ...
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Is there a pet which eats flies

Is there any pet which I can hold indoors in Central European household and which eats flies (and any other insects) flying around my house? I got plenty of them because my neighbor has a pig farm ...
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How I can recognize a queen ant?

It seems it's illegal to ship live queen ants in US. Therefore how I can recognize if I'm having a queen in my ants colony? Or how authorities would recognize?
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How do I choose a good supplier for buying insects online?

I live in an urban area and I don't have a car so it's not practical to go to the pet shop every week to pick up new live insects when I don't need anything else from there. There are plenty of ...
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Is it possible to breed crickets?

Buying crickets every few days to feed to my bearded dragon gets expensive, and I hate going to the store. Is it possible for me to breed crickets?
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Can I make my own substrate to keep fruit flies alive?

I've found that fruit flies make a good staple food for my Red Devil Crabs, but it's expensive to keep buying a new batch of them every time the substrate starts to mold. Is there a way I can make my ...