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darkling beetle? - Tenebrio molitor

darkling beetle? - Tenebrio molitor
W Windsor, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
February 25, 2017
Size: just under 1 inch (guess)
Found under straw in a chicken nest box. There were several tens of live ones, a few were shriveled. Some time ago a bag of store-bought dried mealworms had been stored on top of the nest box. Could there have been viable eggs in that bag that later hatched?

Moved from ID Request.

Tenebrio molitor, the Yellow Mealworm...
Looks like you found some stragglers, or they have been breeding in your chicken box.

It's surprising though that any mealworms could survive the drying.

They need very little moisture to survive...
They are extremely hardy little critters, part of the reason they are considered grain pests. :)

thanks for correcting data

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