Our new mealworm family has sure been teaching us a lot!
The Life Cycle:
-the full life cycle can take up to a year!
Here is their home set up with a bedding of rolled oats, they also eat the whole grains. We started with 500 mealworms purchased from the pet store:
They also eat carrots, lettuce and cucumber (this is where they get all the water they need):
With a magnifying glass, the kids were eager to take a look:
As with most things in life, you learn as you go!
Pets require a lot of responsibility, attention and care. There has been much discussion about this with the kids during their small group mealworm time. Even tiny creatures like these require upkeep! I have shared my adventures in "cleaning of the mealworm home" with the kids. This gets their attention and some are even surprised how much care is required. See book: Everybody Poops (My Body Science Series), by Taro Gomi and Amanda Mayer Stinchecum
Now that we have all three phases:
Next comes a new home for the adult beetles. After they lay eggs in the current home, they need to be removed. This will be in another week or so.