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Mealworms are the larval stage of the Tenebrio Molitor or the mealworms beetle, which is a type of darkling beetle. Mealworms are a typical feeder for insectivorous and omnivorous reptiles, amphibians, and more. Mealworms closely resemble superworms, which is why people sometimes confuse the two, but nutrition-wise they are quite different.

  • Moisture 61.9%
  • Protein 18.7%
  • Fat 13.4%
  • Ash 0.9%
  • Fiber 2.5%
  • Calcium 169mg/kg
  • Phosphorous 2950mg/kg 

Mealworms have a bit of a bad reputation as a feeder; they do contain a high amount of chitin when compared with superworms and other feeders, which can make them harder to digest than other insects. However, as long as you enact the proper husbandry as in temperatures, lighting, hydration, and anything else that your particular species needs to thrive, then you shouldn’t have an issue.

Feeding mealworms to your pet is easy, you can add them to a bowl and let your animal feed on them, or you can hand feed them. They don’t easily escape from a dish as they don’t have legs.

Gut-loading is the simple process; it’s the same as feeding your mealworms as you would usually, but you use foods that would pass on more nutrition to your animals. There are commercial products that are available for you to do this, or you can simply use salad items you would usually use to feed to your pet safely.

Mealworms, like superworms and other species, molt their skin. When they have freshly molted, they will look white; after a few hours, they will go back to their original color. Freshly molted mealworms are a delicacy for your reptile, they love the soft freshly molted ones and will often pick them out of a bowl first if given a choice between those and regular mealworms.

We raise yellow mealworm beetles, also known as Tenebrio Molitor (Molitor meaning “miller” in Latin), the premium insect protein of choice.  In the old days, we found Molitor larvae in flour bags, which gave them the name “mealworm”.

The mealworm species was discovered along the Mediterranean coastline in 1758. Today it is a cosmopolitan species, in abundance all over the globe.

Insects bring an innovative, natural and sustainable response to one of humankind’s main challenges: to feed the animals that nourish a human population expected to reach 9 billion individuals in 2050.  Insects are a natural nutritional source for pets and farmed animals, mainly fish and poultry. Farmed insects can be grown almost anywhere with limited environmental impact and vastly higher land productivity compared to alternative protein sources.

There is no risk of mealworms escaping our farm-hills. The vast majority of our insects lack mobility as they do not grow beyond the larval phase—so they don’t have legs or wings. Our farm-hill also has a variety of reliable containment measures to prevent insect escape.

Where Molitor grow in vertically stacked spaces, inspired by natural ant-hill engineering.  The farm-hill is equipped with automations and sensors to ensure optimal farming conditions. Using automation and robotics, we meet the highest requirements for quality and food safety, and minimize occupational health risks for our people.

In the larval phase, the mealworm species that we farm, the Molitor, is social: they live in groups to keep warm and protected, and to avoid stress.  We have automatic sensors in our farm-hills to monitor humidity and temperature so our insects enjoy optimal 60% humidity at 28°- 31° Celsius.  We feed our mealworms a contaminant-free diet for healthy growth, with quality feedstock such as wheat bran.

There is absolutely no chemical input, either within our farm, or in our manufacturing processes. Our Molitor are mainly fed wheat bran, a contaminant-free, cereal by-product.  They are processed into finished products – mainly proteins and oil – using automated mechanical processes. Given the nascence of the insect ingredient market for animal feed, there are currently no “organic” label schemes for insect-derived products, or industry-specific criteria to earn “organic” status. However, our insect-based frass fertilizer product, LaFrass.

We are especially attentive to the well-being of our insects. Once the larvae have reached maturity, they are rapidly steamed using water vapor, which causes a very quick and unstressed death.

Yes. Insects can represent up to 3 to 5 % of the natural diet of dogs and cats. Feeding insect ingredients to pets with kibble made with LaMeal or LaOil is part of a balanced and healthy diet.

Farming and harvesting insects for human consumption has been done on a small scale for centuries.  Over 2 billion people around the world already eat insects. Our mealworms are clean, odourless and rich in protein, minerals and vitamins, including B12.  Some day we all may be consumers.