Tuesday, 7 February 2012
The pupa have transformed into BEETLES!
Hi everyone, it's Ben and Tobias here.
We arrived back at school today and we checked the mealworms (which had been living with Miss H). We saw over 100 beetles! We also gathered around 20 pupa that are going to turn into beetles.
We were excited to finally see some beetles and were extremely surprised about the number of beetles!
When the beetles are first born, they are a light colour and then they turn brown before turning black. We noticed that the beetles like to hide in the dark places - the egg cartons make great homes for them, where they like to live in big groups.
We have to be careful because if we leave the pupa or beetles in with the lavae, because they might eat them!
The next step in the process is the reproduction. Soon they will lay eggs (they might have already because they're so small we can't see them!) and they'll turn into baby mealworms for us to feed our bearded dragon, Sid.
Thanks for reading - we'll tell you more soon.
Tobias and Ben