Many insects go through four stages of growth. The changes that occur in their life cycle are called a metamorphoses. Look up the word metamorphosis on the on-line dictionary!
What did you find?
These are the four stages of growth.
Choose the first stage.
How is your new pet? It is a mealworm. It's in the larval stage of grain beetles.
The life cycle begins with white oval shaped eggs that are about 1 mm long.
Take out your ruler and measure.
Show how long an egg is on this ruler by making a dot on your ruler.
The eggs usually hatch in about one week. After hatching the mealworms are very hungry!
Can you guess what they like to eat?
They are in the larva stage for about two weeks. During this time the larva sheds its skin.
Can you think of any other animals or insects that go through the molting process?
Can you think of any other animals or insects that go through a metamorphosis?
Hint: Think about Alphonse.
Date Last Modified: 8/16/99