“Where in the world can I find some delicious mealworms?!”

“Um, you want delicious mealworms? GROSS!” Not so fast, sonny. By no means am I seeking to eat mealworms for myself (although, many people from around the world do consume mealworms for their protein, and because of how easy they are to raise), but instead, to feed some hungry pets. Mealworms are high in protein, making them beneficial for pet owners of the reptilian and avarian variety. Young animals require a substantial amount of protein in order to grow their full size. But, not all worms will be suitable. A lot of reptile and bird hatchlings can often be finicky with what they are willing to eat. But mealworms are one of nature’s most admirable delicacies, as they are highly sought and eagerly welcomed by chirping chicks or hissing geckos. And after becoming familiar with this information, the next question becomes: “Where in the world can I find some delicious mealworms!”  Mealworms can be discovered in nature, usually fallen trees, decaying logs, leaf piles, and grains. They’re going to be in a warmer climate, so usually spring to summer time. But before you set off hunting mealworms, be forewarned that the mealworms are in a larva stage, meaning that the mealworm is only 1 stage of a metamorphosis. If you are about to launch mealworm manhunt, then consider also searching for the darkling beetle. Darkling beetles are the final phase of the metamorphosis, and can be easier to find, because the life cycle lasts longest in this stage. Darkling beetles …

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Harvesting Your Mealworms

Raising mealworms is a delicate balancing act; the longer you feed them, the larger they will become. But, if you feed them for too long, then they will transform into the pupa phase, then into the darkling beetle. So this fight against time maybe be a little emotionally corrosive, however, corralling the appropriate balance will reward your efforts with fruitful mealworms that are everything your birds and reptiles are looking for. Let’s assume that you’ve mastered this delicate balance, and are prepared to harvest the mealworms, and let’s also assume that you’ve raised the mealworms in some form of bran or corn meal. And let us also assume that you are about to separate the worms from the bedding material so that you can feed to your anxious reptiles or birds. You have a few options; one method is by lightly blowing the bran off the mealworms. You can easily do this with your own lung-capacity, because the bran is lighter than the mealworms. Don’t go any stronger than your own breath, because the mealworms aren’t that heavy either, and can easily be blown away with the bran. But a simpler method is to get a screen and construct your own filtration device, that will separate your mealworms from the bran. Basically, get some lumber, and construct a square that is 16” x 16.” Then, take the screen and staple it to the bottom, like you are making basket. But make sure that the screen is wide enough so that …

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