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Caring for our Mealworms
Mealworm Life Cycle
1. My Favourite Colour
2. Great Grains!
3. Fruit Sensations
4. Veggie Delights
5. Sweet Scents
6. Hot or Cold?
7. Are You Afraid of the Light?
8. Shelter Skelter
9. The Mealworm Crawl
10. The Isolation Tank
Mealworm Life Cycle
MEALWORM LIFE CYCLE
The first stage of a mealworm's life is an
. The egg is quit small and is white in colour (although we did not actually get to see this stage, it was nice to find out where our babies came from.) After 4-19 days the eggs will begin to hatch.
The second stage of a mealworm's life cycle is the
stage (which is the stage we received them at; you could call this the toddler stage). During this stage, the mealworm moves about by crawling and also sheds it's skin several times (this is called 'moulting').
The third stage of a mealworm's life is the
stage (you could call this the teenage years!) During this stage, the mealworm's appearance changes dramatically; it starts off a creamy white color and changes slowly to brown during its pupation stage and loses it's worm-like shape. The pupa does not eat at all in this stage and sleeps all the time (again, this is why we called it the teenage years!)The mealworm remains in this stage from 3 days to around 30 days (dependent on incubation temperature).
The fourth (and final stage!) of a mealworm`s life is the adult stage; the mealworm changes to a
. Again, in this stage, the mealworm completely changes it`s appearance and is unrecognizable as a mealworm. As the beetle grows older, it gets darker in colour. This is the most active stage in it`s life cycle. To protect themslevs from enemies in this stage, they bite hard and move very fast!
The female will burrow into soft ground and lay about 500 eggs.
Let's take a look at that beautiful life cycle:
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