May 14, 2021 - 07:06 AM
In fact, we know that many people choose to eat them and so we raise them as naturally as possible. We pay more to buy our grain from a mill that makes it for bakeries and we buy our carrots from a large farm in California that supplies our grocery stores.
Instead, we alter their hours of daylight, diet, and temperature in order to delay pupation to keep their growth hormones at high levels instead of plummeting (which causes pupation).
The energy they would use to pupate is instead channeled into making them grow 150% larger in length and width. You can also attempt to re-create this by keeping large mealworms at a high temperature (high 80s) for 6 to 8 weeks. Increasing the daylight hours to a minimum of 14 hours will also enhance the effect. They will grow larger rather than pupate when conditions are safer ecologically.
If you prefer a worm that has not been altered in any way to force growth, then our standard mealworms in the large size is a perfect choice.