From Mealworm to Beetle: Following the Life Cycle


Is a mealworm a worm or an insect? How long does the pupa stage last? Crawl through the pages of this book, and learn about the life cycle of a beetle.
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Is a mealworm a worm or an insect? How long does the pupa stage last? Crawl through the pages of this book, and learn about the life cycle of a beetle.
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Children's Literature - Della A.Yannuzzi
This book follows the life cycle of a darkling beetle. A mealworm is the larval form of a darkling beetle. A female adult beetle lays her white oval eggs in barns or near grain. When the mealworms hatch in two or three weeks, they feed on the grain. The mealworm is actually an insect. Its shell protects the mealworm's inner parts. Six short front legs help the mealworm move. As the mealworm grows bigger, it sheds its outer skin in a process called molting. This molting happens many times until the mealworm develops into a beetle. At the last shedding the mealworm turns into a pupa and begins a metamorphosis stage. Big changes are going on in this stage. It forms legs, antennae and wings. In two weeks, the pupa breaks out of its shell as an adult beetle. Its color is white, but quickly changes to black. The life cycle begins again as the adult beetles mate. The female lays as many as 1,000 eggs. Darkling beetles live only about a year. Back material includes fun facts, glossary, books to read and Internet sites. Illustrations are full page and colorful. This is a good, easily understood science book for young readers. Reviewer: Della A.Yannuzzi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404849259
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Amazing Science: Life Cycles Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 933,172
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens. Her work has received the Minnesota Book Award and other honors, including Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and NCTE Notables. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have two monsters of their own, Maddie and Annabelle. When Laura's not reading or writing, she likes to dance, play games, and work with the Minnesota Brass drum corps (which involves a lot of Counting, following Patterns, and creating Shapes on the field). She tries to eat More vegetables and Less brownies, but that is hard! Learn more about Laura at

Jeff Yesh is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer whose award-winning work has been featured in multiple children's books. As a freelance artist, he splits his time illustrating both fiction and non-fiction works enjoyed by all ages, in addition to designing material for a wide variety of clients in the advertising and sports industries. Born and raised in Indiana, Jeff graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Based in Carmel, Indiana, Jeff enjoys being active outdoors and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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