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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 13 Dec 2010 19:09


I was at Petsmart the other day, and they had "Giant Mealworms" along with their regular "Mealworms" for sale. I asked if they were different species, and they said that they were 90% sure that they were the same species. Now, the mealworms that I have breeding at home, have never gotten that big, so I was wondering if anyone knew if they are different, and do they breed the same way as the regular type of mealworms do. Also what their scientific name would be.

Thanks

Tony C
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# Posted: 13 Dec 2010 19:14 · Edited by: Tony C


Giant mealworms are the same species as regular mealworms, Tenebrio molitor, but they are treated with growth hormone. There is also a larger species, called the superworm or king mealworm, Zoophobas morio, which is nearly identical in its nutritional profile but does not pupate as readily as the regular mealworm.

Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 13 Dec 2010 19:16 · Edited by: Sandy_Bear


Thanks Tony, I just found a website that had information on it too, it also stated that because they are treated with growth hormones, they usually don't turn into beetles, and if some of them do, they are sterile. Is that true about them as well?

Oh, and if they are treated with hormones, is that bad to be feeding to frogs & reptiles? I would think that it would be...

Luis
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# Posted: 14 Dec 2010 04:10


I bought super/giant meal worms months ago.
I keep them in plastic bin same way you would keep reg mealworms and feed them to gut load.

I do not refrigerate them because they won't eat if you do.
They get to 1 1/2 inch and they are kept at 70s room temp.

I also keep superworms which have bred but like Tony stated these giant mealworms will not breed.

I find superworms better because they breed but if you plan to refrigerate than giant mealworms are your best option.

A small plastic container with saw dust,soil, ripped up paper,etc is just as easy and you can gut load them.
They get much juicier than refigerated and your herps will enjoy them much more.

Here is pic of adult at 1 1/2 inch but again I prefer superworms and won't get these again.

http://img440.imageshack.us/i/giantmealworm.png/

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