The Mealworm is the larvae of the Darkling beetle (Tenebrio Molitor)
Ideal for wild birds, reptiles and amphibians, the mealworm has traditionally been one of the staple diets for feeding reptiles and wild birds. Nutritionally they are an all round variety of live insect but as our all live foods they are low in calcium. Always dust your insects with a good quality calcium supplement prior to feeding them to your animals. We advise using mealworms as part of a balanced and varied diet. They do like to wriggle away so its always a good idea to offer them in a small dish that they cannot climb out of.
Mealworms are great for wild birds and can be fed all year round.
Feed your meal worms with Arcadia Insect Fuel to make them last longer, you can store them in the salad compartment of your fridge to put them into a dormant state - simply removing them half an hour before feeding. If storing them at room temperatures keep them dark and the dry food topped up, add a slice of raw carrot for hydration. If kept at room temperatures they will progress through their life cycle quicker than when stored at cool temperatures.