mealworm shortage in NY area

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mealworm shortage in NY area

Postby voguemamselle619 » Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:48 am

so there's been a serious mealworm shortage around here for about 2 months now. i have not been able to get ANY mealworms anywhere.
i tried offering shylo a cricket as a source of protein and live food. she was TERRIFIED. i offered it to her in a little cup; she looked in, and went running into her nest box as quickly as possible, chirping along the way. then i tried picking it up by its hind legs and offering it to her... maybe its little hops scared her? she grabbed it, but quickly TOSSED it out of her nest box and chirped again. apparently not her thing...
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Re: mealworm shortage in NY area

Postby Joan » Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:25 pm


Superworms (Zophobas morio) or "king" mealworms are more active than mealworms, but look somewhat similar to Giant mealworms and are sometimes mistaken for them. Giant mealworms (tenibrio molitor) are fed hormones and should be avoided. They are often refrigerated along with mealworms at pet stores. They are used as fish baitSuperworms cannot be refrigerated. Superworms are shiny and display darker bands. They contain the least chitin (hard exoskeleton); so are lower in calcium than mealworms.
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