Collection: Mealworms

Mealworms are not actually worms as the name suggests, but rather the larvae of Tenebrio molitor, a species of darkling beetle. Garden birds naturally eat insects, so by providing mealworms, you are supplementing their diet with a fantastic source of protein. You can choose from feeding live mealworms or dried mealworms. 

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  • Dried Mealworms

    Dried Mealworms

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    • Energising: provides the same high levels of energy as live insects
    • Protein-packed: a highly valuable source of protein for insect-eating garden birds
    • Versatile: a tasty and appealing treat for a range of wild birds
  • Dried Calcium Worms

    Dried Calcium Worms

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    • Nutritious: excellent source of protein and calcium
    • Versatile: perfect for table, ground and seed feeders
    • Appealing: attract more insectivore birds to gardens
  • Live Mealworms

    Live Mealworms

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    • Ideal for all insect eating garden birds
    • Excellent nutrition for young birds during the breeding season
    • Please Note: These items are posted directly from the Live Food Farm by Royal Mail 1st class post and do not count towards your £30 basket total
  • Live Mini Mealworms

    Live Mini Mealworms

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    • Suitable for young nestlings
    • Insectivorous aviary birds also enjoy these
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  • Live Food & Suet Feeder

    Live Food & Suet Feeder

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    • Adjustable: keep rain off the food and deter larger birds with height adjusting roof
    • Efficient: deep tray ideal for feeding live mealworms to prevent them escaping
    • Convenient: easy to clean, supplied in two parts for simple self-assembly
  • Flip Top Mealworm Feeder

    Flip Top Mealworm Feeder

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    • Efficient: flip top design for easy filling without removing hanger
    • Effective: overspill tray ensures no wastage and has excellent drainage
    • Multi-purpose: suitable for dried mealworms, calcium worms & suet pellets
  • Mealworm Food 250g

    Mealworm Food 250g

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    • Natural bran product
    • Keeps live mealworms fresh for longer
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  • Complete Window Feeder with 2x Fat Ball Holders

    Complete Window Feeder with 2x Fat Ball Holders

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    • Practical: powerful suckers secure the feeder to any smooth surface
    • Efficient: easy to clean and maintain, brings birds closer to your home
    • Convenient: separate seed and water sections, plus 2 fat ball holders

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Dried mealworms are a convenient way to offer them to your birds if you prefer not to handle live mealworms. They can be provided for your birds either straight, in Ark Hearty™ Mealworm Mix, Ark Summer Support Mix or Ark Suet Balls. You can also offer a mix of live and dried mealworms.

Live mealworms are particularly beneficial because they have a high moisture content. This is especially vital for chicks and fledglings who are wholly dependent on getting enough hydration through the food provided by their parents. Live mealworms will keep for up to 7-days in a cool environment and you can keep them longer by providing Ark` Mealworm Food or refrigeration.

Mealworms should not be fed to hedgehogs as they can become addicted to them with potential health consequences, see our blog on Metabolic Bone Disease.

Which of my garden birds will eat mealworms?

Mealworms will be enjoyed by a variety of different birds in your garden, including:

Blue tits
Blackbirds
Robins
Great tit
Nuthatches
Song thrushes
Wrens
Woodpeckers

What type bird feeder can I can use for mealworms?

When feeding your garden birds mealworms, you need to think about the type of bird feeder you use – one in which live mealworms can’t escape and the birds can easily access and see the mealworms.

Our starling proof suet & mealworm bird feeders allows small birds to eat mealworms, while keeping larger animals out, including starlings and jackdaws. Our Live Food Feeders have a deep tray so that live mealworms are contained. Take a look at our range of feeders online, but if you are unsure, just give our team a call on the number below.

Wild birds need water as much as food, for drinking and bathing. We always recommend putting fresh clean water out every day of the year.

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What birds eat mealworms?

A wide variety of garden birds eat mealworms as they provide a vital source of protein that is essential for growth. Some of the most common birds you may see enjoying mealworms in your garden include blue and great tits, blackbirds, house sparrows, dunnocks and robins.

What do you put mealworms in to feed birds?

You can put mealworms into hanging bird feeders, on bird tables, in a bowl or dish, or in a tray feeder. You can even scatter them on the ground for blackbirds and robins.

How to feed mealworms to birds?

You can feed mealworms to birds in a variety of ways. On their own or mixed with other food by placing them on a bird table, in a dish or on a feeder tray are recommended to replicate the natural way that ground feeding birds search for food naturally such as insects.

How to store mealworms?

Live mealworms should be stored in the fridge to extend their life and removed shortly before use. Dried mealworms should be stored in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place.

How to stop squirrels eating mealworms?

You can deter squirrels from eating mealworms by placing them into a squirrel-proof bird feeder or using a squirrel baffle to stop squirrels from accessing them.

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