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Life Cycle of the Mealworm

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The Life Cycle of the Mealworm

 

The First Stage of a Mealworm

mealworm egg

     The first stage of a mealworm's life is the egg. The egg is smaller than the picture shown here. The color of the egg is white and it is oval shaped. Due to dust and other impurities, the egg becomes yellowish.

The Second Stage of a Mealworm

larva

        The second stage of a mealworm's life is the larva stage. During this stage, it moves about by crawling and it also sheds it's skin several times. This process is known as moulting. They look weird when they are moulting and their old skin has ridges that look like scales.

The Third Stage of a Mealworm

pupa

        The third stage of a mealworm's life is the pupa stage. It is white in color. During this stage, same as the pupa of the butterflies, it sleeps and does not eat at all!

The Fourth Stage of a Mealworm

adult mealworm

        The fourth, and last stage of a mealworm's life is the adult stage. As the beetle grows older, it gets darker in color. This 'beetle stage' is the most active stage in it's life cycle. To protect themselves from their enemies in this stage, they bite hard and move very fast too!