Tenebrio molitor Linnaeus, 1758

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    Yellow mealworm, Tenebrio molitor Linnaeus, 1758 (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) is a holometabolous (complete life cycle with egg, larva, pupa and adult stages) insect found throughout the world today due in part to globalization. This particular species was originally viewed as a pest due to its voracious appetite and ability to consume stored grains or animal feeds. However, the ability to mass-produce this species has resulted in it now being viewed as beneficial by those selling the larvae as animal feed. Larvae are high in protein and fat, can be sold alive or dried, and are a popular treat for reptiles or birds. Larvae can also be processed and sold as food items (e.g. sweets, flour) or used to produce products (e.g. backed goods) consumed by people. Development from egg to adult takes approximately four months depending on environmental conditions.



    Tenebrio molito
    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Arthropoda
    Class Insecta
    Order Coleoptera
    Family Tenebrionidae
    Genus Tenebrio
    Species T. molitor
    Author citation Linnaeus, 1758
    Common name yellow mealworm