A Basic guide to Mealworms - (In plain english errors included)
First of all lets introduce the three types of mealworms we sell..
Mini Mealworms - These are Juvenile beetle larvae of the species Tenebrio Molitor
Standard Mealworms - These are fully grown beetle larvae ofteh species Tenebrio Molitor
Giant Mealworms / Superworms - These are the beetle larvae of the species Zoophobas Morio
What are Mealworms ?
They are the larvae of beetles, the life cycle of a beetle (if simplified) basically goes like this - Eggs hatch into larvae, larvae eat and grow and pupate into something that could have come out of an alien film, this mini alien then turns into the adult beetle, The adults mate and the cycle starts again.
How do I keep them?
If you wish to feed them within a week just keep them in the tub they arrive in, If you want to make them last longer keep them in the tub in the salad drawer of your fridge, this will slow them down and stop them from turning into beetles. When you want to use them take them out and allow half an hour at room temp for them to warm up and become active again.
What do they eat?
Cereals especially bran, feed them "bug grug" to gut load them, and keep them on a substrate of bran.
Do they drink?
They will do best with a few slices of raw carrot / potato for them to eat for moisture - But beware once moisture is introduced into their enviroment then mites will soon appear. always change raw foods daily and if the bran becomes moist replace.
What are superworms?
Superworms look like big mealworms and basically are except for a few differences, They are beetle larvae but from a different species - the Darkling beetle which is about twice the size of a mealworm beetle hence the large worms.
How do I keep them?
DO NOT REFRIDGERATE - Superworms prefer to be warm, too cold and they will die, they also prefer to be kept a bit more moist than mealworms however mould and mites can be a problem. Always give them some raw carrot / potato to eat or else these guys will eat each other for their moisture supply!
Mealworms have a hard skin because of this it is not advisable to feed mealworms to baby or small lizards. As they may cause stomch impactions
Wild Birds love mealworms - try some on your bird table