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Species Tenebrio molitor - Yellow Mealworm

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Tenebrioninae
Tribe Tenebrionini
Genus Tenebrio (Mealworm beetles)
Species molitor (Yellow Mealworm)
Explanation of Names
Tenebrio molitor Linnaeus 1758
molitor - Latin for 'miller'; the common name refers to larval colouration
13-16 mm (1)
Dorsum with slight luster
temperate regions worldwide (mostly northern), incapable of breeding in the tropics(2); introduced to NA ca. 1827(3)
materials of animal and vegetable origin(2): refuse grain, coarse cereal, mill products, meat scraps, dead insects, and feathers(4)
storage pest, particularly of moist grain (1)
Larvae sold live in pet stores as reptile/amphibian food (1)
Larvae are recyclers of not only organic debris produced by domestic animals, they can also recycle plastic waste.(5)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Darkling Beetles of Florida and Eastern United States (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae).
Dunford et al. 2005. University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Dept., Gainesville.
2.Beetles associated with stored products in Canada: An identification guide
Bousquet Y. 1990. Research Branch Agriculture Canada, Publication 1837.
3.The Tenebrionidae (Coleoptera) of the Maritime Provinces of Canada
Majka C.G., Bouchard P., Bousquet Y. 2008. The Canadian Entomologist 140: 690-713.
4.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.
5.The Lives of Beetles: A Natural History of Coleoptera
Arthur V. Evans. 2023. Princeton University Press.