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Offline twb

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Raising wax moths on purpose?
« on: December 30, 2007, 12:01:35 AM »
Since we are in the beekeeping off season I dare to ask something that has been rattling around in my brain.  I like to ice fish and have used wax worms as bait for years.  Now that I keep bees I realize these are wax moth larva.  So, is there a season where they are most prolific?  Could I take some frames I am rotating out and leave them outdoors and let the moths produce larva on them and then harvest the larva for bait?  Is it too risky?  I sure would not want to increase the population of wax moths either.  I wonder where the suppliers get wax worms and how they are produced for sale?
"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."  Proverbs 16:24

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TWB

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Re: Raising wax moths on purpose?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2007, 03:47:48 PM »
Thanks, D.A. for the link.  Fascinating reading.  My kids and I will have to try this some time for a science experiment.
"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."  Proverbs 16:24

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TWB

Offline Dick Allen

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Re: Raising wax moths on purpose?
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2007, 11:17:34 PM »
You’re welcome twb. Here are a couple of more links you might (or not) find useful if you end up with lots of wax moths. Haven’t personally tried them myself, though.  ;)

http://www.manataka.org/page160.html

http://www.dmoz.org/Home/Cooking/Wild_Foods/Insects/

 

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