Superworm, King Worms, Morio Worms, Zophobas
Ground dwelling, found in barns and grain containers
Tropical regions of Central and South America and have spread across the world
Under rocks and logs
Many months in this stage
1 1/2 to 2 1/4 inches
- Superworms are not worms
- If superworms are left without food or in confinement they can become cannibalistic.
- Superworms are the larval form of the Zophobas beetle and will complete a full metamorphosis.
- Females lay eggs in rotting carcasses, soil, decaying vegetation and decaying trees
- Superworms curl inward and create cocoons made of silk that harden to protect them when they pupate.
- All different animals such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and even hedgehogs enjoy a tasty superworm as a snack.
- Humans eat superworms too.
- The Superworm has a strong bite
Superworms are the larvae stage of a species of darkling beetle. They are a common and popular food for all different animals. The superworm has a very strong bite so sometimes it's necessary to crush the head before feeding them to any pets. According to humans who have eaten the superworm, it tastes like almonds. Their diet consists of fresh and decaying vegetation like rotting wood and dead leaves. In the larval stage they will molt anywhere from 9 to 20 times before forming a pupa. When they emerge they are white and will gradually darken to a black color. Superworms are rarely found in the wild. If they are around they will most likely be found in grain storage areas and barns.
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Coleoptera Family: Tenebrionidae Species: Zophobas morio