(link) MEALWORMS and DARKLING BEETLES (Tenebrio beetle) ~ The mealworm is not a worm; it is a larva. Mealworms are the larval stage of darkling (aka Tenebrio) beetles. Darkling beetles follow a life history known as complete metamorphosis. A female beetle lays eggs, as many as 500 in her brief lifetime of a month or two. ~ for more great PINs w/good links visit @djohnisee ~ have fun!