Mealworm larva Tenebrio molitor

Fully grown larva lives in old flour mills and bird nests

Size: 5-15mm

Shape: Cylindrical

Colour: Yellow with brown bands

Antennae: Not visible

Distinguishing features: Quite leathery in appearance

Larvae are pests of: Old cereals but are also found in birds' nests

These are not museum pests

Often found: From birds' nests and disused chimney flues, particularly in late spring/early summer. In museums with live lizards and snakes they may be used as food and escape.

Mealworm larva Tenebrio molitor