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    Freezing bugs for winter

    About this time every year, we are just suddenly attacked by Asian beetles. Not fun and cute lady bugs, nasty bitey yellow ones that stink when you squish them.

    Anyways they are easy to catch since they gather on windows like crazy. I was thinking of gathering them this year and freezing them for winter Nepenthes food.


    Would this work? I know pet shops sell frozen crickets. Would it be as simple as throwing them in a bag, dumping them in the freezer? I'm just curious if freezing them would somehow destroy the 'nutrient value' the bug would have some how.

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    Should work fine!
    and I dont think freezing would reduce nutritional value at all..
    it pretty much preserves them as-is, until they get fed to the plants..

    just let them thaw out before feeding them to the plants..
    half an hour would be plenty long enough.

    I think its a great idea!

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    Those yellow ladybugs are actually lady beetles. They are not ladybugs. Ladybugs are red. My GF had to correct me too. LOL. Anywho I tried feeding them to some VFT one year and ever trap died from it. Now I dunno if it was just the traps time or if the ladybeetle had anything to do with it.

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    Freezing them will preserve them and should preserve nutritional value. I've collected insects on and off for a long time now. Entomologist and collectors freeze them all the time to preserve them to be mounted as specimens for later. Just as Scotty mentioned let them thaw for a few minutes and they should be fine. Good idea!
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    They are nasty little things, like I said they have a horrid smell when squished, so there's something funky with them. I'll make sure to test them out on a ventricosa first. Maybe they were a little too meaty for the vft's.

    I actually didn't realize how cheap crickets were in bulk. ($6 for 50!) I might just get these and freeze them instead. It'd be easier than running around like an idiot outside.

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    Why not start some meal worm cultures??
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    I'm more in the business of killing bugs, rather than farming them.
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