Mealworms are the larvae of the mealworm beetle which are a species of darling beetle.
The larval stage is the second stage of their life which is egg, larvae, pupa and adult. typically measure about 2.5 cm or more, whereas adults are generally between 1.25 and 1.8 cm in length.
Mealworms are actually edible for humans and fried or baked mealworms are often marketed as a snack foods.
So can bearded dragons eat mealworms at all?
Yes they can. Like most captive reptiles, bearded dragons can eat mealworms. However feed them sparingly and don’t give them too much as they are quite high in fat and in phosphorus. A few at the most each time should suffice.
They also don’t have much calcium in them as well which does the bearded dragon no favors, so many owners dust them with calcium to make up for this. They also have a hard chitin which will cause them digestive issues. So too many will be indigestible for a bearded dragon.
Mealworms are often sold in containers and available in bulk from many good pet stores either online or at a store. However they can be bred by owners and are easy to breed for bearded dragon consumption.