$9.50 - Children (under 2 years old FREE)
$13.50 - Adults
$8.50 - Students (13-17) & Seniors (62+)
Park entrance fee - $6/car

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Closed Mondays


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 

History at CuriOdyssey

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

Fun Facts about Darkling Beetles

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

How long do Darkling Beetles live?

In the Wild: 3-6 months
In Captivity: up to 1 year

What do Darkling Beetles eat?

In the wild, Darkling Beetles consume fresh and decaying vegetation, as well as other organic matter. At CuriOdyssey, they are fed fruits and vegetables.

Where do Darkling Beetles live?

They are common in a variety of habitats, but they are especially adapted for arid regions. Their habitat extends all over the world except Antarctica; in the United States, most are in the western region.

Are Darkling Beetles endangered?

No special wildlife conservation status.

Adopt me!

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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guests by sponsoring an animal of your choice for a year.

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San Mateo, CA 94401


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