We’ve been working on a big science project all semester. For my son’s weekly enrichment class that he attends, each student had to work on a science project. My son chose mealworms.
What are mealworms? I had never seen one until he chose this experiment. Honestly, I am not a bug or creature lover. I guess I’m a city girl at heart. But like any good momma would do, I allowed mealworms in our house.
Mealworms are the larvae of the Darkling Beetle. They go through a complete four stage cycle which is fascinating to watch: egg, larvae, pupae, beetle. For anyone who has done a butterfly kit with their child, this is similar, except you can watch the cycle go on forever if you’d like.
Mealworms can be purchased at a pet store. They need to be in an open container with oatmeal or wheat flour to eat and they drink the juice from carrots.
For this experiment, we tested how temperature effected the growth of the mealworms. We had one box in our garage and another outside. As it turns out, mealworms grow quickly through the four stage cycle when they are in warm, humid air.
A great site that has everything you’d ever want to know about mealworms is through the University of Arizona.