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Why These Mealworms Don't Miss a Meal

Close-up of a mealworm on Styrofoam. This image was taken with a Canon MPE-65 mm lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Several years ago you probably read about the Stanford researchers who discovered that mealworms--larvae of darkling beetles--eat Styrofoam. And if you attended the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology open house on Dec. 5, 2015, you may have seen...

Close-up of a mealworm on Styrofoam. This image was taken with a Canon MPE-65 mm lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of a mealworm on Styrofoam. This image was taken with a Canon MPE-65 mm lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of a mealworm on Styrofoam. This image was taken with a Canon MPE-65 mm lens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Trevor Fowles, a second-year doctoral student in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, with his mealworms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Trevor Fowles, a second-year doctoral student in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, with his mealworms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Trevor Fowles, a second-year doctoral student in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, with his mealworms. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mealworms eating Styrofoam in the Christian Nansen lab at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Mealworms eating Styrofoam in the Christian Nansen lab at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Mealworms eating Styrofoam in the Christian Nansen lab at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Quick: What Critter Eats Styrofoam?

Entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer with his Recycling Man. Inside mealworms are chewing and digesting the Styrofoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Quick question: What critter can chew and digest Styrofoam? Drum roll...Time's up... If you answered "mealworms"--or the larval form of the darkling beetle, family Tenebrionidae--that's correct. And if you visit the UC Davis Bohart...

Entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer with his Recycling Man. Inside mealworms are chewing and digesting the Styrofoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer with his Recycling Man. Inside mealworms are chewing and digesting the Styrofoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Entomology undergraduate student Wade Spencer with his Recycling Man. Inside mealworms are chewing and digesting the Styrofoam. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 5:16 PM
 
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