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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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For example, at least five different 'sex pheromones' are known to be involved in mediating the mating behaviour of the yellow mealworm beetle (the 'lab rat' of the beetles) (4), and probably more await discovery.
For example, if a small (beetle-sized) glass rod is coated with a hexane extract of a female yellow mealworm beetle, a typical male of the same species will react to the glass rod as if it is a real female.
She studies the biochemistry of pheromone production in the yellow mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor.