Mealworms Are for the Birds
Many birds eat insects naturally, so feeding mealworms to the birds is a natural thing to do. Plus, you’ll enjoy watching birds such as chickadees, bluebirds, wrens, towhees, woodpeckers, robins, catbirds, nuthatches, thrashers and others devour these mouthwatering morsels! A Red-breasted Nuthatch was seen taking mealworms from a feeder and caching them at a rate of three per minute.
Mealworms are the larvae of the beetle Tenebrio molitor. The larvae stage of the beetle typically lasts for 10 weeks. To maintain the larvae in a state of dormancy, they must be refrigerated at 4 -10 degrees Celcius or 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (lower temperatures can kill the larvae). A typical refrigerator temperature is 4 degrees Celcius. You can keep mealworms for several weeks and they will maintain their dormant state.
Birds typically look for food around the same time each day, so you can place worms in a feeder or tray at the same time the birds regularly visit. Make sure the birds can access the feeder but that the worms can’t crawl out! Some Wild Birds Unlimited feeders to consider are the Dinner Bell and the SideDish™ feeders. Mealworms are a great way to attract birds that don’t ordinarily come to seed feeders.
Mealworms are available in three sizes:
100 for $2.99 250 for $5.99 1000 for $14.99
Mealworm feeders cost from $14.99 to $54.99
If you already have one of our Flying Start feeders you can now add a dish to the feeder to now use it as a mealworm feeder. The acrylic dish costs $17.99.
Flying Start Feeder Acrylic Add on Dish - $17.99