The Life Cycle of the Mealworm
The First Stage of a Mealworm
The first stage of a mealworm's life is an egg. The egg is smaller than the egg picture shown here. The color of the egg is white but dusted with age.
The Second Stage of a Mealworm
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 and this process is known as moulting. They look weird when they do moulting and their old skin had ridges that look like scales.
The Third Stage of a Mealworm
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
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 !