Life Cycle of a Meal Worm
Stage 1: Egg
Stage 2: Larva (this is the stage we begin our observations with)
Stage 3: Pupa
Stage 4: Beetle
Fresh bran mixed with high protein baby cereal, alfalfa flakes (or crushed alfalfa hay), chicken egg layer mash. Mix in reptile multivitamin and calcium supplements
Slices of fruit or vegetables
To keep from metamorphosizing into pupae and beetles, keep in the refrigerator. You can keep in the original container,replacing the fruit daily and bran/vitamins as needed. To promote metamorphosis, you need to keep them at room temperature and house in a larger container. Buy a larger than usual batch of meal worms (you can get right from breeder at far less expense than buying from pet store), then, instead of refrigerating them, leave them out a room temperature. Put in a plastic or glass covered enclosure (like a small critter tank or Pet Pal), adding extra bran, some slices of fruit. Cover with a couple of layers of paper towel or cloth, and keep it moist (not wet). They will crowd under and go through their metamorphosis, from larva to pupae (which may also be eaten) to beetle within a matter of days. Leave some beetles in to breed to get more larvae.
Sift out the worms, pupae and larve monthly and replace the food/bedding and fruit. Replace the paper towel as needed or replace cloth with freshly laundered one.
Meal Worm Links
The best page Ive found for discussing the care of mealworms
Keeping and breeding mealworms
Caring for mealworms
Is there something wrong with using mealworms as food?
Read about their uses. This page is under construction.
Iowa State Universitys Insect RecipesAre you brave enough?
Anyplace Wild TVthese people ate mealwormsread all about their "Grubby Adventures."
Micke Grove Zoothey use mealworms to feed their animals
Spike the Hedgehogs Pagehe enjoys mealworms too.
They serve crunchy worms!
Taking care of invertebrate prey.
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