May 31, 2021 - 06:33 AM
Our mealworms are Tenebrio molitor.
This species relies on grain for their food and a water source like cactus or vegetation. In the wild, if they can find a grain storage area (like for chickens or birds) they will live very happily (but not as far as the humans are concerned!) but only if they also have vegetables for a water source.
They *can* also live under decaying wood like logs and in animal dens eating decaying leaves and grasses, but the protein content generally isn't high enough and they will not survive long term. Our bran is about 17% protein, and unless they find a source of grains to eat with that level, they will not thrive. They need a warm habitat of 75 to 85° to thrive and breed. It is difficult to find the right conditions for them to thrive in the wild as most climates are either too hot, too cold and don't have adequate grain/protein/water sources for them to breed and thrive.