The other, other, other white meat

Second grade learning about life cycles with their mealworms.

By Cooper Peterson

Mrs. Oberlander’s second graders have mealworms and made habitats for their tiny critters. The habitat was made by grabbing a plastic sandwich container and poking holes in it, then throwing in a pinch of oats. After that, they cut an apple into quarters and put one quarter in so the larvae had moisture, as well as having food. After they grow to about two inches long, the students will take them out of the container, and then the mealworms will begin to turn into adult beetles. It takes about two months, ten weeks for them to develop from start to finish, but you have to make sure they have fresh apples and good oatmeal! Mealworms are the larvae form of the mealworm beetle, and have four life stages; egg, larvae, pupa and adult mealworm. Mealworms are the jack-of-all-trades, edible in almost all forms; eat them raw and alive, or pan-fried, but dry-roasting is deemed the tastiest!


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