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How Do Beetles Reproduce?

By Jenny Drnevich
Illustrated by Dr. Biology

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  • Life Cycle: the sequence of all stages through which an organism passes - going from egg to adult.
  • Offspring: babies, kids.
  • Reproduce: to make more individuals of your species... more

How Beetles Reproduce

Adult Beetle

Every living species is somehow involved in reproducing and making offspring. Most of us are familiar with how humans and mammals make babies, but do all creatures reproduce in the same way?

Do insects, like the beetle, give birth to little insects? To answer this question, we are going to examine the reproductive process of the mealworm beetle.

Have you ever seen this beetle? They are commonly sold as pet food and bait. Still don't recognize it? That's because the "beetle" isn't what is sold, it's the "mealworm."

To explain this, we need to follow the life of a beetle. Before a beetle is born, its parents have to mate, then its mother lays an egg. After a while, the egg hatches and the baby goes through many stages in its life cycle before it becomes an adult and is capable of making offspring of its own.

Tenebrio molitor mealworms in cereal

The little mealworms you might find in your cereal or flour grow up to become beetles called Tenebrio molitor.

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Tenebrio molitor mealworms in cereal

The little mealworms you might find in your cereal or flour grow up to become beetles called Tenebrio molitor.

Read this story in: Français | Español |

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Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.