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Odd Xmas present - Mexican Jumping Beans - 15 for £6.99 - Ebay / shadowsoottaz
Odd Xmas present - Mexican Jumping Beans - 15 for £6.99 - Ebay / shadowsoottaz

Odd Xmas present - Mexican Jumping Beans - 15 for £6.99 - Ebay / shadowsoottaz

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Probably one of the oddest things in wildlife.

These beans actually move about of their own accord.

Had some as a kid & its as weird as you can get.

Just a cheap prezzie for the kids. Give them 5 each for £2. I am sure they will be intrigued for a bit at least.

Have a look

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Item already removed from Ebay ?!

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foxymeister

Item already removed from Ebay ?!



Link broken

Item number: 252579863023

YouDontWantToKnow

Link broken Item number: 252579863023



Link works for me

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clnsndrs

Link works for me



Yeah

Admin have fixed it. Cheers Admin

Just to be clear to people who wonder about these. There are live animals inside each one

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TheDobbus

Just to be clear to people who wonder about these. There are live animals … Just to be clear to people who wonder about these. There are live animals inside each one



Bugs

YouDontWantToKnow

Bugs


Don't get me wrong. I think they're cool as anything!!

I thought it was against ebay rules to sell animals - so a bug in a seed is ok but an elephant is not? Where does the line begin? A newt or a hippo?

tawse57

I thought it was against ebay rules to sell animals - so a bug in a seed … I thought it was against ebay rules to sell animals - so a bug in a seed is ok but an elephant is not? Where does the line begin? A newt or a hippo?


I buy bugs for my lizards from ebay all the time, bugs are OK. They're not real animals really *ducks for cover*

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tawse57

I thought it was against ebay rules to sell animals - so a bug in a seed … I thought it was against ebay rules to sell animals - so a bug in a seed is ok but an elephant is not? Where does the line begin? A newt or a hippo?



Oh dont. Please.

These bugs have ingrained themselves in a "nut" with no escape. There is no cruelty. Its nature.

youtu.be/btK…h84
Deffo won't be lettin them in my house oO

Do these hatch out of the shell? If not any idea how long till they die so the beans no longer move? strange but novel gift idea

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malnuman

Do these hatch out of the shell? If not any idea how long till they die … Do these hatch out of the shell? If not any idea how long till they die so the beans no longer move? strange but novel gift idea



They dont hatch. They just die eventually inside the bean/nut. Its solid & no need to worry.

YouDontWantToKnow

They dont hatch. They just die eventually inside the bean/nut. Its solid … They dont hatch. They just die eventually inside the bean/nut. Its solid & no need to worry.


The YouTube video says they chew their way out of the seed. If they didn't, the species wouldn't last too long!

Thanks, I did order some as it said almost gone so didn't want to miss it... just hope the bugs dont die before I give em as Xmas gifts..
Edited by: "malnuman" 3rd Dec 2016

YouDontWantToKnow

Oh dont. Please. These bugs have ingrained themselves in a "nut" with no … Oh dont. Please. These bugs have ingrained themselves in a "nut" with no escape. There is no cruelty. Its nature.




My comment soared above your head didn't it? Then you had to go and post what you did just to show everyone that you missed it. Better duck - it might come back around and smack you in the back of the head.

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tawse57

My comment soared above your head didn't it? Then you had to go and post … My comment soared above your head didn't it? Then you had to go and post what you did just to show everyone that you missed it. Better duck - it might come back around and smack you in the back of the head.



Totally lost. Sorry

Isn't this just a bit cruel

Didn't realise there was something inside, that's really sad

LOL, I reckon the seller has gotten 6 HUKD sales. Always interesting to see the correlation between a post and a sale - sad I know

Just read this about them:-

Mexican jumping beans (also known as frijoles saltarines in Spanish) are seed pods that have been inhabited by the larva of a small moth (Cydia deshaisiana) and are native to Mexico. The "bean" is usually tan to brown in color. It "jumps" when heated because the larva spasms in an attempt to roll the seed to a cooler environment to avoid dehydration and consequent death. They are from the shrub Sebastiania pavoniana, often also referred to as "jumping bean". However, they are not related to actual beans (legume plants), but rather to spurges. The beans are considered non-toxic but are not generally eaten.[1]

After the moth-laid egg on the plant hatches, the larva eats away the inside of the bean (until it becomes hollow) and attaches itself to the inside of the bean with silk-like thread. The larva may live for months inside the bean with varying periods of dormancy. If the larva has adequate conditions of moisture and temperature, it will live long enough to go into a pupal stage. In the spring, the moth forces itself out of the bean through a round "trap door", leaving behind the pupal casing. After its metamorphosis, the small, silver and gray-colored moth lives for no more than a few days.

Remember people Cydia deshaisiana are for life not just for Christmas if it works for a puppy it works for them!

i thought Karl Pilkington said there was no such thing!?

Surely its illegal to sell non-native moth species in the UK?

I think I will stick with the plastic toy version the kids have lol.

I'm all for different gifts but this is cruel

sarah_tranter

I'm all for different gifts but this is cruel



Not sure how its cruel? This is their lifecycle, they crawl inside seed pods and wait to hatch, how is that cruel?

The thing that makes these beans jump is a tiny moth larvae that lives inside the bean. The moth lays its eggs in the flower of the plant, and the eggs are incorporated into the seeds. The larvae then eat out the interior of the bean and live there. When the larvae move, so does the bean. Eventually, the larvae turn into moths that emerge from the beans to repeat the cycle.
oO id rather not have moths emerging in my room
oO

tek-monkey

Not sure how its cruel? This is their lifecycle, they crawl inside seed … Not sure how its cruel? This is their lifecycle, they crawl inside seed pods and wait to hatch, how is that cruel?


They live inside the 'bean' only before hatching out. They are being removed from their natural habitat so if any survive to hatching out they're hardly going to be able to make a go of it. Unless of course the habitat of a child's bedroom fits the bill. An interesting scenario.

Remember having some of these as a kid back in the 70's.

tek-monkey

Not sure how its cruel? This is their lifecycle, they crawl inside seed … Not sure how its cruel? This is their lifecycle, they crawl inside seed pods and wait to hatch, how is that cruel?



​What planet are you on? In there natural habitat where these moth grubs live in the pods (beans), they have a chance at survival when the pod they are in is on the ground in earth, outdoors, with the correct levels of moisture and heat.
Once it becomes a kids toy it will inevitably die, from over heating, lack of moisture being chucked away, crushed etc etc. It's meant to be in it's natural environment not a centrally heated house.

you can keep the lava alive by hydrating them and they "hatch" from their seeds in the spring. if you buy and don't keep them hydrated they should die before hatching.

lilun2010

Isn't this just a bit cruel


Only if they were placed there intentionally....it's just nature but YES, it's cruel to keep a part of nature outside its natural environment as they'll simply die.
Edited by: "TANDY" 5th Dec 2016
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