Beetle Substrate

Revised on 8/10/17

The insect Order Coleoptera (beetles) is easily the largest group of insects on the planet and Wikipedia says that a quarter of all animals are beetles and 40% of all insects are beetles. It is no surprise then that they occupy a wide range of habitat niches, or that their captive needs are respectively diverse. Aside from food, substrate is probably the most important factor in the health of your pet beetle. And beetles, as a group, are my personal favorite insect pets! Hence, my dedication to not just offering a diversity of animals but the appropriate substrate products to support them. Substrate recommendations are based on what type of beetle you are caring for and given in the table below. I'm sorry but these products cannot ship by express mail, due to their heavy weight. They necessarily ship in Priority Mail Flat Rate packaging and shipping cost is built into the product for these heavy/expensive to ship substrates. Choose Substrate Type and see prices in the dropdown menu.

 

Beetle Type Substrate Recommendation
Death-feigning, Darkling, Tenebrionid Desert- 6 lbs. blend of sand, leaves and hardwood bits. $14
Flower Beetles Leaflitter- 1.5 lbs. mix of dried, crushed leaves, fermented oak sawdust and compost soil $17
Ground Beetles Composite- 3 lbs. blend of compost soil, coconut fiber, and sand $15
Edible Compost 2 lbs. of Compost soil mix that works great on its own for most substrate-eating beetles, or as an ingredient. Works well for rhino, stag and other beetles that eat their substrate as food. $17
Oak Chunk In Compost

1.5 lbs. of compost mixed with oak chunks about 1/2 inch long. This product may be useful in helping to achieve larger adult stag beetles as it is theorized that by chewing on oak chunks as larvae they will attain a greater size. This is a product that is useful as a food for any rhino or stag beetle. 1 pound of compost with half a pound of oak chunks. $19

(* This product is out of stock until 2nd week of August but will ship when it is ready so you can still order it now.)

Oak Flake Soil (formerly called Hardwood 100)- this is 1 pound of 100% medium to soft decay oak wood flakes. This is the premium grade product we use to raise all our rhino, stag and Chrysina larvae before offering them up for sale. It consists of finely ground fermented oak wood mixed with finely ground wild collected oak wood. It is freeze-treated to sterilize it. $21 per pound.

 

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