Mealworms

Mealworms are an excellent source of protein, calcium, and vitamins for a variety of wild birds including some that normally don’t visit feeders. Bluebirds and Orioles love mealworms.

Mealworms are the larvae of a flightless insect called the darkling beetle. They are clean and easy to use. Keep the container in the refrigerator. Every 10 days feed the mealworms finely chopped apple. When feeding, add the apple and then let the container stay at room temperature for 6-8 hours to allow the mealworms to get active and eat.

Feed mealworms in elevated feeders that do not have large drainage holes.

 

Baltimore Oriole enjoying mealworms and jelly at Judy's feeder

Baltimore Oriole enjoying mealworms and jelly at Judy’s feeder

 

We recommend setting out only a few at a time and enjoy watching the birds gobble them up.