What is Superworms?

A businessman from Kuwait, Jassem Buabbas, is breeding “superworms” for animal feed since years. He is now hoping that, superworms will find their way into diets of Gulf citizens.

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  • He places worm-like larvae of the darkling beetle in a small, dark room. Darkling beetle is known for their high protein content.
  • He aims to make worms a successful food alternative for humans.

Can insects be food alternatives?

Insects are widely eaten around the globe. About 1,000 species appears on dinner plates of people in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Apart from traditional diets, cricket pasta & mealworm smoothies have become latest food trend. Edible insects are promoted as sustainable alternative to regular protein sources.

What are Superworms?

Superworms are larvae of species of darkling beetle called Zophobas morio. They are also called as King Worms, Morio Worms or Zophobas and are commonly used as food in reptile pet industry. They should not be confused with giant mealworms which are Tenebrio molitor larvae. Superworms larvae resemble 50 to 60 mm long mealworms. However, ends of their bodies are very dark. They have 6 small legs. Insects are accepted by turtle, lizards, salamanders, frogs, birds etc. Nutritional value of superworms are similar to those of mealworms.

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