Bazoef Petfood’s dog food is produced from the larvae of the darkling beetle. These larvae are also called “mealworms”.

Produced in France, mealworms are fed there exclusively on local agricultural co-products, such as wheat bran.

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Life cycle

The darkling beetle is a hardy, shiny beetle. It is approximately 16mm long.

The female lays an average of 400 to 500 eggs. The eggs hatch after a few days. The larvae that come out are about 2 mm. First white, they take on a golden yellow tint as they grow. The larva reaches an average of 30 mm in length. In farms, it is at this stage that most of them are harvested.

A fraction of the larvae is however retained for the next reproductive cycle and turns into a nymph. The insect spends two to three weeks at this stage before emerging as a winged adult. Depending on environmental conditions, the mealworm’s complete cycle can last between four months and two years.

Why the Darkling Beetle?

  • Insect protein shows considerable performance on the growth and health of domestic animals.
  • The Darkling Beetle is naturally present in Belgium and France.
  • It is made up of 72% high quality protein. Mealworms also have other nutrients essential for animal health such as omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamins.
  • It is a gregarious and nocturnal species, which facilitates its breeding. This insect has been widely studied by scientists.
  • Unlike vertebrates, Tenebrion Meunier larvae (a.k.a. mealworms) have no skeleton, no fur, … the entire animal is edible. There is no waste.

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