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Live Mealworms

Mealworms are our best-selling bird food. Many birds are very attracted to live mealworms including Robins, Blackbirds, sparrows, and tits. Live mealworms are ideal for feeding in gardens, and are made up of 40% protein and 40% fat, and have a high percentage of moisture which is vital for nestlings. If we want to see a lot of birds, we have to breed a lot of birds and studies have shown that by feeding live mealworms you will rear 60% more birds in your garden.

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Live Mealworms

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  • 3 x 40g Tub
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What insects are Live Mealworms & what are the benefits?

Mealworms are the larvae of the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, which is a species of the Darkling beetle. If left to form into a chrysalis, the mealworm would eventually become a beetle. But that won't happen if you put mealworms out for birds, because they won't be there for long! Live mealworms are ideal for feeding to garden birds, as they are made up of 40% protein and 40% fat, plus have a high percentage of moisture which is vital for nestlings

How do I feed Live Mealworms to birds & which birds eat them?

To feed mealworms you need a food dish, which is essential to stop the mealworms wriggling away. Some have a cover, which is preferable if the weather is wet. A further option is a Caged Live Food Feeder, with the advantage that it allows small birds like Robins in, whilst keeping out slightly larger birds such as Starlings. Many birds are very attracted to live mealworms including Robins, Blackbirds, House sparrows and Starlings

How should I store Live Mealworms?

The key to success is to keep the mealworms at a relatively low temperature, as the warmer they are then the quicker they’ll develop into a chrysalis. Put the mealworms into a well-ventilated sealed container – e.g. a large plastic tub – then place in a cool place such as a concrete floor in a garage. Mealworm food can be added to the tub if you intend to feed the mealworms sparingly to your birds and therefore want to prolong the supply over several weeks

How long do Live Mealworms last in storage & can I freeze them?

Provided they’re kept in a cool place, then usually at least two weeks. To further prolong the time the mealworms last, before they turn in the pupa (chrysalis) form, they can be kept in a refrigerator at 4°C. This will cause the mealworms’ metabolism to become dormant and therefore prevent the metamorphosis. However, a better solution is to keep them cool but active as outlined in the storage guidelines above, and if you think you have too many then just feed them to your birds! Don't store them in the freezer as this will kill them

What do the Mealworms eat?

Our live mealworms come with a supply of food included, though if you intend to keep the mealworms for several weeks and put them out sparingly for your birds, then it’s good to add further food which is a special bran.