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Darkling Beetles


This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Family: Tenebrionidae 


All of the darkling beetles were donated by a licensed collector and have been at CuriOdyssey since 2009.

Fun Facts

The larvae of darkling beetles are known as mealworms, and are commonly used to feed captive reptiles and amphibians.

Life Span

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.

Geographic Range

Found all over the world except Antarctica; in the United States, most are in the western region.

Conservation Status

No special status.

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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.


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