This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.
All of the darkling beetles were donated by a licensed collector and have been at CuriOdyssey since 2009.
The larvae of darkling beetles are known as mealworms, and are commonly used to feed captive reptiles and amphibians.
In the Wild: 3-6 months
In Captivity: up to 1 year
Diet in the Wild
Fresh and decaying vegetation, as well as other organic matter.
Diet at the Museum
Fruits and vegetables.
They are common in a variety of habitats, but they are especially adapted for arid regions.
Found all over the world except Antarctica; in the United States, most are in the western region.
No special status.
Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.