There are several reasons someone might want to breed mealworms, But the most common one is for pet food. Lizards, Birds, Fish, chicken etc love meal worms. They make a great protein rich snack for your pets and are super easy to farm at home. But what do mealworms eat? Well if your looking to start farming them at home for your own use, You best find out bellow!
What do mealworms eat?
Mealworms are simple creatures and are very easy to maintain and raise at home. They eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods. As a cheap food source, mealworms flourish on grains, cornmeal, oatmeal, and other such grains ground up into a powder.
It’s not uncommon to see breeders feeding old stale cat or dog food and even chicken and bird feed. They are also partial to fruits, vegetables, and flour.
Over all mealworms are considered vegetarians, but on occasion have been known to turn cannibalistic if their environment is not optimal.
So, to recap:
what do mealworms eat?
- Cat food
- Dog food
- Other various ground-up grains
- Chicken feed (Without diatomaceous earth)
- Bird Food
- Each other (on occasion in a bad environment)
What are mealworms?
Mealworms are not actually worms, Even though that what we call them. They are actually a form of larvae from the common mealworm beetle, Aka the flour bettle. A mealworms life cycle goes egg>Larvae>pupae>adult beetle.
Mealworms do not bite, and are not even capable of biting a human. They prefer a temperature of 26-29f and a 70% humidity level.
What do mealworms eat in the wild?
Mealworms eat much the same in captivity as they do in the wild. Meal worms are not an invasive species and are found in every part of the globe. So their diet is as varied as they are. They will often be found eating decomposing plant matter and fungi.
How often should you feed mealworms?
You should feed meal worms as often as it takes for them to consume everything they’ve been given. Mealworms need a softer wetter food but if you leave it in there too long because you gave them too much, It will start to rot and create too much liquids for the mealworms survive in. It could also poison the soil depending on where and what you’ve been deeding them.
Feeding mealworms for human consumption
Mealworms bred for human consumption need a special diet so they remain safe for humans to eat. These include fresh fruits and vegetables, and oats. You must avoid meats, animal byproducts and any manure from carnivorous animals.
Why would someone want to eat a mealworm? Good quesiton, here’s the average nutritional value of around 100g of dried mealworms:
|500kcal||37.2 grams||9 grams||17.3 grams||10.9 grams||5.5 grams||6.5 grams||45.1 grams||45.2mg|