Saturday, 3 November 2012

Life Cycle of a Mealworm

Mealworm eggs are very small and usually laid in clusters. The eggs are greyish white and they are 1-2mm. The eggs hatch in 6-8 days at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The colder it is the longer it will take to get out.

larval stage

After hatching the larvae are visible within a week. They are white when they hatch quickly and golden. From newly hatched to large takes only 8-10 weeks at 80 Fahrenheit. Want to grow your mealworms slow just keep at lower temperatures.

During the Larva or "mealworm" phase the mealworm molt or shed its exoskeleton skin to grow bigger. A mealworm will "molt" 9 -20 times depending on the temperature. You can recognize a freshly molted larva as it will be white in color. When the larva is about to go into the pupa stage will roll into a C-shape makes it easy to identify.

The Darkling beetle larvae can be used for a variety of things, such as live food for reptiles and other small animals. They can also attract wild birds. Or maybe you prefer to use them as fish bait. Some cultures even used for human consumption. One of the main coarse full of protein, followed by dessert. You can eat them in candy or have them covered with chocolate.


After your meal worms reach large size, they will begin to turn into pop. When they reached the pupal stage they will not eat or drink. If you touch them they will wobble around! They stay in this stage for about 7 days when stored at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They are creamy white and are between 1/2 "-3 / 4" in size. If the black doll she is dead and can be discarded.

beetles phase

When the beetles they are white and will darken over the next few days until they mature and black. Beetles will begin to mate and lay eggs within 4-6 days after emergence from the pupal stage. Beetles live between 8-12 weeks when stored under optimal conditions.\xA0

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