Mealworms are the larvae of the darkling beetle. Much like a butterfly transforming from a caterpillar into a chrysalis and then turning into the butterfly itself, a darkling beetle egg grows into a mealworm, which then turns into a pupae before the darkling beetle emerges. Dried mealworms are simply these mealworms dried out by either freeze-drying or heating. So surprisingly, mealworms are not actually worms at all!
Mealworms are used to feed a variety of different animals, from fish to hedgehogs, wild birds to pet poultry. It has often been said that using dried mealworms in your bird feeder will attract a wider variety of wild birds and you can rest assured that what you are feeding them is 100% natural and packed with all the best nutrients.
As dried mealworms are 100% natural the exact analysis of each batch can vary. This can be due to the difference in the age of the mealworms when dried (how close to the pupae stage the mealworm is at), the size of the mealworm or the type of drying process used. A typical analysis of dried mealworms is: Protein 53%, Fat 28%, Fibre 6%, Moisture 5% Protein.
Mealworms are fed on a natural diet of grain, cereals and vegetables. All this goodness helps to make mealworms a healthy and tasty treat for your animal friends. You will be amazed just how much they will enjoy Chubby Mealworms!