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Nasco Insects Products for Science Education

Choose from a variety of insects including a hissing cockroach, crickets, mealworms, milkweed bugs, praying mantises and sow bugs.

$32.80 - $88.40

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S06592C Products for Science Education
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Wax Moth Culture; Live material 25 Pack Provides an excellent study of complete metamorphosis.
Each for $88.40
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Feeder Wax Worm 100 Pack Feeding reptiles and amphibians
Pack of 100 for $32.80
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Sold in various stages of maturity.

Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa)

  • Foss™ compatible and easily maintained in classroom terraria
  • Provide hiding places (cardboard egg cartons work well), warmth, food and source of moisture
  • Random sex
  • Need permit for Arizona, California, Florida and Tennessee

Live Crickets (Acheta domesticus)
  • Used for animal food, nutritional studies and other laboratory experiences
  • Random sex
  • Mixture of mature and immature only

Mealworms (Tenebrio molitor)
  • Most often used as food for laboratory amphibians and reptiles, beetles also demonstrate complete metamorphosis
  • Simple to culture in classroom
  • At optimal temperature of 30°C, complete life cycle may take 4 to 6 months

Mealworm Stock Culture
  • Contains 100 assorted specimens in various stages of maturity, including beetles, pupa, larvae and eggs
  • Suitable for starting cultures
Milkweed Bugs (Oncopeltus fasciatus)
  • Colorful insects easily maintained in the classroom
  • Use eggs to demonstrate incomplete metamorphosis
  • No larval or pupal stages
  • Nymphs have five instars
  • Life cycle takes about one month, depending on culturing temperature

Praying Mantis Egg Cases (Paratenodera sinensis)
  • Display incomplete metamorphosis
  • One egg case can produce 100 to 200 mantises
  • May take 2 to 6 weeks to hatch
  • Warm and humid conditions necessary for hatching
  • Seasonal item
  • January through June only
  • Cannot ship to Florida

Sow Bugs (Terrestrial Isopod)
  • Also known as wood lice
  • Maintain in terrarium with rich, moist humus
  • Add flat rocks or rotted wood to provide hiding places
  • Used for studies of adaptation
  • Also used as food for small amphibians or reptiles

Note: You now have the choice to opt for immediate delivery of a living organism or a coupon that can be redeemed for future delivery at any time. If you order the “Coupon” items (see ordering chart above), you will not receive the specimen until you redeem the coupon. Coupons are valid for one year from the time of purchase.

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