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A larva of any of various darkling beetles, especially Tenebrio molitor, which infests flour and other grain products and is often used as food for birds and reptiles and as fish bait.


(Animals) the larva of various beetles of the genus Tenebrio, esp T. molitor, feeding on meal, flour, and similar stored foods: family Tenebrionidae



the larva of any of several darkling beetles of the genus Tenebrio, that infests granaries and is used as food for birds and animals.
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Noun1.mealworm - the larva of beetles of the family Tenebrionidaemealworm - the larva of beetles of the family Tenebrionidae
family Tenebrionidae, Tenebrionidae - a family of arthropods including darkling beetles and mealworms
larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose


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The Effects of Microgravity on the Life Cycle of Tenebrio Molitor (Tenebrio Molitor) investigation studies how the microgravity environment affects the mealworm life cycle.
Food was provided every 15 days with three types of preys: Tenebrio molitor larvae, Acheta domestica crickets and several species of cockroaches.
The insect market for animal feed is continually increasing in the world, especially focused on Tenebrio molitor larva.
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Tenebrio molitor larvae were reared in laboratory conditions and the last instars were used in cadaver applications.
Aunque Joyeux (1916) senalo a Tenebrio molitor, a Ceratophyllus fasciatus y Xenopsylla cheopis como las fuentes usuales de infestacion de las ratas, los coleopteros del genero Tribolium son los senalados por la literatura cientifica como los mas frecuentes en las infecciones de ratas y del hombre.