Great food for Reptiles, Wild Birds, Cage Birds and Small Mammals.
Mealworms are the larvae of the Tenebrio Molitar Beetle. Their diet is vegetarian which means they are safe to feed to animals and birds without passing on potentially fatal diseases which may be present in offal-fed larvae such as maggots. They are a clean odourless and relatively inexpensive livefood, rich in protein and easy to store. Mealworms are popular as livefood for many species of aviary and garden birds.
Mealworms are an extremely popular livefood for cage birds and wild birds. They consist of 50.4% crude protein and because of their pure cereal/vegetable diet they are an extremely safe livefood to use.
Mealworms are suitable for Soft bills, insectivorous birds and Finches above Siskin size. The movement of Mealworms has the effect of bringing Lizards to the feeder and stimulates feeding.
As fishing bait, Mealworms can be used to catch course fish and are particularly popular for fishing Trout. Mealworms may also be fed to small carnivorous mammals.
Simply place however many Mealworms your pet needs each day into a small, shallow container in the cage/vivarium. One small-medium sized bird such as a Pekin Robin should consume around 6 worms daily, larger birds such as Blackbirds consume double this amount. One hatchling or young Gecko would eat between 4-8 Mealworms daily and one adult gecko would eat 4-10 Mealworms daily.
Mealworms should be kept in a cool, dark, well-ventilated area. Their rate of growth depends on temperature. 8-10C is ideal, and with adequate food they can be kept for several months. At 8C it would take several weeks for mealworms to grow. Temperatures below 5C will kill them.
Mini mealworms are just young mealworms that will eventually grow to the size of regular mealworms. At 22 C it will only take about 3 weeks for mini mealworms to grow to full size. Temperatures above 22 C will mean that mealworms will pupate really quickly.
Mealworms are available in convenient clear plastic tubs for easy feeding and storage, as well as in bulk sacks that are more economical. Bulk mealworms need to be unpacked on arrival. They can be stored in a large open plastic container, such as a cat litter tray. There is no need for a lid as long as the sides are clean, and its stored in a place where it wont get knocked over, ideally a cool concrete floor.
Bran, oats, fruit and vegetables such as carrot, potato peelings, apple etc should be provided for food and moisture. Mealworms are likely to be more nutritious and higher in calcium if they are also fed with Progrub.